We wouldn't blame you if you said you'd never heard of Liberty Hill. Nestled on the edge of the beautiful Balcones Canyonland Preserve, this not-so-tiny-anymore town will surprise you with its slightly wacky, artistic charm, and its restaurants and breweries will certainly satisfy any cravings you might have for good food and good beer.
Parker's Corner Market
The market on the corner of Loop 332 and Hwy 1869 has been the town grocery store for 100 years. It’s been called Parker’s since 2001, complete with an old school butcher’s counter, a hot lunch counter, and some of the best fresh deli offerings for many miles around. If you forgot your lunch at home (or if you forgot the milk during your last grocery run!) , Parker’s is the place.
Hell or High Water Brewing
Hell or High Water Brewing drastically changed the face of Liberty Hill’s downtown area – for the better. They serve classic and unique craft brews and delicious food in a beautifully restored limestone-walled store front, complete with a child- and pet-friendly seating area. With a commitment to serving the most authentic beer possible, this place is a must-stop for any brewing enthusiasts passing through.
Dahlia Cafe (called Dahlia’s by locals) is the last word in indoor-outdoor, down-home cooking. Dahlia’s has been open for fifteen years now, and we don’t foresee demand for their delicious food slowing down anytime soon. Whether you’re craving a burger or a chicken-fried steak, you can find it at Dahlia’s.
Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park
Liberty Hill was one of the first small Texas towns to host an international art symposium in the 1970’s, welcoming artists from places like Germany, Italy, Japan, and more. They lived and worked in Liberty Hill and created their works of art using local materials, and then left them to the city as a gift. The Sculpture Park is now an integral part of the city, and is frequently used by school children as a playground (including the author who writes this – when she was young).
Terry Tunes Parks Sculptures
Ever seen a giant longhorn skull made out of plastic toys and trash? If not, you haven’t experienced the creative and wonderfully weird displays of Terry Tunes Parks. Inspired by native Austinite psychedelic band The 13th Floor Elevators, Terry uses a myriad of leftovers to create massive works of art, some built to be purposefully weathered by the elements, and some carefully preserved for sale. Go take a stroll sometime to enjoy a glimpse into an artist’s head – and maybe even take your own piece home!
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Visiting the rugged and picturesque Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is a great way to unplug from the daily stresses of life in the great Texan outdoors. Make sure you wear sturdy hiking shoes and a hat, and bring plenty of water and a pair of binoculars! A camera wouldn’t hurt either, especially if you are lucky enough to spy some wildlife.
Looking to hike some of the canyons yourself? Doeskin Ranch (an area of the Balcones Canyonlands Refuge) has miles of trails at different ability levels to hike, with breathtaking views to boot. Keep your eyes peeled for the endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler or Black-Capped Vireo – who in your group can spot one first?
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