Spring has Sprung In San Saba
Our Favorite Things About Spring in the Top of the Hill Country
Spring is upon us in the top of the Texas Hill Country. We’re excited to welcome this fantastic season officially with the Spring Equinox today. For a few glorious months, the air is sweet with blooming aromas, and the sun shines in the blue Texas sky. Days are warm enough to play outside, not so hot that you melt, and nights are cool enough to enjoy a cozy backyard fire. Here are a few of our favorite things for Spring.
Willow City Loop | The Texas Hill Country is known for its wildflower season when bluebonnets (the state flower) are on display along with a stunning mix of colorful wildflower varietals. The Willow City Loop is a picturesque loop of rugged landscapes with deep canyons, tall cliffs, lush countryside, and spectacular wildflowers from March through May. Located about one hour from San Saba, off of Highway 16, awaits 13 miles of unique geology, winding creeks, pecan and live oak trees, and of – course – wildflower varieties. Depending on the time of the season, you can find Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, Phlox, Coreopsis, Mexican Poppies, Sunflowers, Firewheels, yellow and white Daisies, Winecups, Horsemint, and Verbena. The loop is a dream for cyclists wanting to get some miles in with a view (here is a suggested loop). Note that during high seasons, weekends get crowded, so try to check out the loop during less busy weekdays.
Catkins Season | Many people know that San Saba has acres upon acres of pecan trees, we are the Pecan Capital of the World after all. Lesser known are the stringy green buds – also known as Catkins – that descend from the pecan trees each spring. We think so much of these caterpillar-like buds that our city’s largest fundraiser, the Catkins Ball, is held each April amidst a flowering orchard.
Pecan Capitol Trade Days | Each Spring, artisanal vendors come to San Saba’s historic downtown square to sell their goods. It’s always a great morning to get out, pick up some tasty goodies or unique crafts while supporting local artisans. The next scheduled Pecan Capitol Trade Days are April 1 and May 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Natural Wonders | Use San Saba as your base to explore to incredible natural resources before the heat of summer sets spikes. Gorman Falls, located just down the road from San Saba, is prime for springtime visitors. The Colorado Bend State Park (which features the thunderous falls) currently provides the outdoor enthusiast with opportunities spanning 35 miles of hiking trails, mountain biking, caving, fishing, swimming, paddling, birding, and wildlife viewing, as well as guided tours. During the spring, wildflowers dot your hiking path — a truly beautiful, if somewhat strenuous, workout. Another great hike is an hour away at Enchanted Rock, an ancient and unique granite dome rising above Central Texas. The state park offers rock climbing, geocaching, stargazing, and 11 miles of hiking and caving.
San Saba River Nature Park + Risien Park | Our prized park is peaceful, shaded and makes for a lovely springtime stroll when the trees are blooming, lush and green. Risien Park, a gift from E. Guy Risien and the LCRA, has been manicured to offers an expansive 80-acre park. An old railroad trestle leads you to a magnificent pecan grove bordered on one side by the San Saba River and — on the other — lush trees, picnic sites, grills, pavilion, RV hookups, volleyball courts and an old stone amphitheater. The San Saba River Nature Park adjoins Risien Park with an additional 38 acres of greenbelt along the San Saba River featuring two miles of walkways, bridges, bird blinds and fishing stations.
Fishing on the San Saba River | Spring is a great time to fish in the spring-fed San Saba River, dubbed an “undiscovered jewel” by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. High-quality water, tree-lined banks with 100-foot bluffs, aerated rapids, long deep pools are both scenic and full of fish. Largemouth bass, Guadalupe bass, a large variety of sunfish, and perch all inhabit the quiet water, making fisherman’s likelihood of a decent catch pretty good.
San Saba River Golf Course | Nothing beats a round of golf on a gorgeous course in good weather. San Saba’s 18-hole municipal golf course is widely revered for its challenging play and spectacular beauty. The San Saba River Golf Course, made up of tight fairways that play through 2,600 pecan trees dotted with several bunker-less ponds, has been voted one of the best places to play six years running by Golf Digest.