Llano is the little hill country town that rocks…literally. From dazzling rock formations to a legendary history and some great eats along the way, trip on through to check it out!
The Llano Uplift is a peculiar rock formation created when granite pushed its way to the surface exposing rocks all around Llano. The most impressive example is Enchanted Rock in South Llano County. The uplift also kicked up tons of rare earth minerals that are scattered all over the county. There is even a type of granite called “Llanite” that can only be found in Llano County. To learn more about Llano’s rock culture and be pointed in the right direction for your own rock hunt, check out Enchanted Rocks and Jewelry on Llano’s square.
For the historic side of Llano, drive across Roy Inks Bridge and take a tour of the old Red Top Jail, It was built in 1895 and its original gallows are still hanging inside. It’s truly an eerie sight!
Also check out the Dabs Hotel in the Historic Railyard District, which was built in 1907 and was a stop for all sorts of historic characters, from train robbers and silver prospectors to infamous outlaws Bonnie & Clyde!
After a long day, you deserve a night at the movies! Head to the LanTex Theater to see a current film in the classic movie theater that’s been entertaining the folks of Llano since 1927.
The Baby Head Cemetery
This just might be one of the creepiest spots in Texas. It gets its name from Baby Mountain, which got its name from an Indian massacre long ago that left the remains of the baby in that spot. The name itself is eerie enough, but who knows — if you go walking in this cemetery, you might just find a floating ghost baby head….MUAHAHA!
If you are here in the summer, and that Texas heat gets to be too much, take a dip in this refreshing lake that’s halfway between Llano and Burnet. In the winter, you can take a Vanishing Texas River Cruise to see the eagles nesting around the lake.
If you are around town in the winter, you might also get a chance to see wild Bald Eagles that migrate to Llano in the winter to build nests and have babies. For the past couple years, the nest has been just off Highway 29 between Burnet and Llano. Look for the TXDOT pull-off.
All this touring will surely stir up an appetite. For what many consider the best BB-Q in Texas, head to Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que and choose your meat straight from the outdoor pit. Don’t miss the house pecan cobbler.
Inman’s is another great place in Llano for barbecue. They’ve been serving up their famous and one-of-a-kind Turkey and Jalapeno Turkey Sausage since 1967, and over the years, it’s delicious!