Exercise offers so many benefits. It reduces risks for different health problems. It makes us feel better. It maintains weight. It boosts your energy. Fortunately, you have a few great trail options in and near Dripping Springs.
If you’re just starting an exercise program, start small. This increases the likelihood that you’ll achieve your goals and stick with it for the long term. Rather than starting big with a goal of walking for 30, 45, or 60 minutes, start small with five minutes.
Once you do five minutes four or five times a week, add another few minutes. Keeping adding to your time when you’ve stuck with it for at least a couple of weeks.
You might start in your neighborhood. Then, as you progress to exercising longer, you can venture out to the trails for a change of scenery.
Dripping Springs Parks and Trails
If you live in the Caliterra community, you have trails practically right in your backyard. All the trails lead to the Front Porch and the Hall where you can meet friends for coffee, organize play dates, or just relax with neighbors while watching sunsets. Not in the community yet and want to live right by the trails? Check out the new homes in Dripping Springs.
Dripping Springs Parks and Recreation manages more than 270 acres of parkland serving residents and visitors. One of those is Dripping Springs Ranch Park and Event Center. It’s a multi-use facility with indoor and outdoor arenas for music, festivals, agriculture competitions, and more.
The park’s trails are ADA compliant. Its trails are ideal for hiking, biking, and horse trail riding. It has a playground and picnic tables if you want to have a family outing. Bathrooms are also available.
Founders Memorial Park (480 Founders Park Rd.) has a large covered picnic pavilion, swimming pool, playgrounds, football and soccer fields, and a walking trail loop that runs .71 mile. Sports and Recreation Park (27148 Ranch Road 12) features a basketball court, sand volleyball, shaded picnic areas, baseball and softball fields, soccer fields, and walking trails.
If you’d like relish nature in a natural setting where you can walk or jog, watch birds, observe plants and animals, Charro Ranch Park is the place to be. The 64-acre park is at 22690 W. FM 150.
Parks and Recreation does not oversee Hamilton Pool Preserve (27490 Ranch Rd 12). Go there on a hot summer day and when you want to take a quarter-mile hike. A swimming pool awaits at the end of the trail to give you a great way to cool down. The site doesn’t have concessions, so be sure to bring water. You can also sign up for hour-long guided hikes.
Other Texas Hill Country Trails
If you’d like to venture out of Dripping Springs, these are a short drive and have something unique to offer. Wimberley has two places worth exploring. Prayer Mountain (La Toya Cir., Wimberley, Texas 78676.) earns its name as it’s a peaceful setting with a short yet challenging hike.
When visiting Prayer Mountain, you might want to stop at nearby Jacob’s Well Natural Area (1699 Mt. Sharp Rd. Wimberley, Texas 78676) too. This 81-acre natural area offers a variety of trails where you can relish the ecological splendor, native vegetation, and limestone cliffs. For times when you hike on a hot day, bring a swimsuit to cool off in the 68-degree Trinity aquifer.
Thirty minutes from Dripping Springs is Johnson City, home of Pedernales Falls State Park (2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636). It’s been named one of the best hikes in the Austin area. You can bike and go horseback riding over 10 miles of rocky trail.
Good luck with your exercise goals. #YouGotThis