Most know this town as a quaint, laid-back Hill Country berg with one of the most-famous pie joints in all of Texas. While that’s all good and true, there’s another side to this Highland Lakes town. One of adrenaline-pumping adventure that’s hidden just below the surface. To download this episode or purchase it on DVD – CLICK HERE.
Historically, Marble Falls was a cowboy-town crossing on the Colorado River. These namesake “marble falls” are now sunken below Lake Marble Falls which flows right through the middle of town. Back in the day, things could get rough. There’s even a limestone cave outside of town known as “Dead Man’s Hole” where outlaws dumped the bodies of Union sympathizers they killed during the Civil War. For a glimpse of history head to The Falls of the Colorado Museum.
Nowadays, the town is much more relaxed. Downtown is full of incredible artwork on every corner along with galleries aplenty and lots of places to express your own artsy self. My favorite gallery is the Highland Arts Guild and Gallery full of the works of artists from surrounding counties. Don’t miss visiting the Dan Pogue Gallery and Foundry where Dan and his wife will show you his incredible bronze sculptures and walk you through the entire process of turning works of clay into lasting metal works of art.
Now that you’ve seen the artistic side, it’s time explore the adventurous side. One of the most obvious adventures is to hit the lake. You can jump in at Lakeside Park or Johnson Park. But if you’re looking for something really fun, try renting a stand-up paddle board from Go Paddle Down and surf the flat waters of Texas. For adventure junkies, next stop should be Hidden Falls Adventure Park, a 2,700 acre outdoor playground with trails for jeeps, dirt bikes, and ATVs. If you don’t have your own, they’ll rent you one and set you loose. It is AMAZING. And finally, if you’re looking for something really really CRAZY – contact the folks at Fly Texas who will take you HANG GLIDING above Lake LBJ. You’ll be comfortably pulled up to 2,000+ feet by a boat, and then cut the cord to soar down for a landing on the water. It’s one of the most incredible things there is to do in the Lone Star State.
When you’re starving after taking in all the ART and ADVENTURE, there are a lot of great options. Of course there is the famous Bluebonnet Cafe boasting tasty home cooking, homemade pie, and the epic “Pie Happy Hour” where $4 will get you a slice and a drink. Downtown you’ll also find the Southwest meets Mexican grill known as R-Bar and Grill where they smoke their own fajita meat and pork that’s good on ANYTHING – salads, tacos, your arm. And on top of all that, there’s Double Horn Brewing Company, an amazing brew pub with hoppy bears and hand-crafted food. Everything on their menu is good, but I really recommend the Bison burger topped with bacon, bleu cheese, and buffalo sauce.
See you on the road!