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About the Wimberley, Texas Area...
Wimberley is located between Austin and San Antonio, Texas.
Summer storm sky over the Wimberley Valley

Wimberley is located between Austin and San Antonio (see map here), and the drives to Wimberley from almost any direction can be scenic and lovely. Ranch Road 12 from San Marcos or Dripping Springs, or the Devil's Backbone, CR 32, from Blanco are worth relaxing into a slow, country road mode, although the increase in Wimberley's population over the last two decades can create a traffic challenge. Once in the mood, you'll find it easier to brake for the occasional  roadrunner or deer and enjoy the curving beauty that is not Interstate Highway 35, statistically one of the deadliest routes to travel. (Click here to see local maps.)

The Texas Hill Country is unique and special, and the Wimberley Valley is nestled right in the heart of it all. Located in the central flyway for migrating birds and sitting atop the Edwards Plateau, where a huge variety of natural fauna can be found, it's a perfect place for anyone who loves nature.

Our climate provides an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, with hot summers and mild winters. Annual average rainfall is 37 inches, and frost dates usually fall between November 20 and March 2, although Texas weather is notoriously variable.

Summers are very hot in Wimberley, and many residents who can afford it find it a perfect time to travel to Canada or other destinations north. The summer of 2008 displayed record-breaking temperatures, logging the most consecutive days with a high temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Future challenges in the area will include developing ways to stay cool using less fossil fuel. The area is served by Pedernales Electric Cooperative, whose board of directors was investigated and replaced in 2008. The area served by the PEC does not receive rebates or support from the power company for installation of solar energy sources, as do those north and south in Austin and San Antonio. (Read much more about that here.)

The Blanco River and Cypress Creek are the local streams. In addition to the bald cypress and pecan trees that line the riverbanks, cedar, oak, and grasses grow in shallow, clay loams on the area slopes and benches. Population growth and subsequent development in the central Texas area has increased the incidence of flooding, but the natural beauty of the softly winding Blanco River, shaded Cypress Creek and the stunning views of Lone Man Creek call to artists, retired folks and anyone seeking escape from city life. Here, too, the area is challenged by concerns about water quantity and quality.

Situated in the middle of Lady Bird Johnson's wildflower country, the Wimberley area is usually blessed with a panorama of spring and summer wildflowers. You can see a few and send a card from here.

Wimberley has been a retreat for artists, musicians and writers for years, and despite onslaughts from developers, has struggled to maintain a sense of environmental stewardship. Although it's not within a comfortable commuting distance to Austin and San Antonio, it has become a popular location for many retirees.

Summer attracts vacationers to this escape from the bustle of the city, with music festivals, river and water activities, art shows, shopping, and local dining. There are many area Market Days and Farmers Markets that bring visitors to the area year round.

Most visitors come to enjoy the peace and natural beauty of the area. The climate and setting make the community a health center and resort town. Visitors also like to stay in Wimberley as a central location near many other popular Hill Country destinations. Wimberley's neighbors include:
Blanco, 19 miles away
Buda, 17 miles away
Canyon Lake, 15 miles away
Driftwood, 17 miles away
Dripping Springs, 16 miles away
Gruene, 20 miles away
Kyle, 22 miles away
San Marcos, only 15 miles away
and stretching toward San Antonio, New Braunfels, 27 miles away.




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