A Visitors Guide for Llano, Texas
"Where the Past Lives in the Heartland of
Llano County Court House on the Square in Llano, Texas
A visit to Llano is an historical event. The preservation of
the past is a priority in Llano and many of the older buildings have been restored or are
in the process of being restored. Llano was founded in 1855 and buildings from the 1800s
still remain in this historic town.
Memorials at the Llano County Courthouse
Gazebo on the Square in Llano, Texas
The historic town of Llano is located on the Llano River about 20
miles west of Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake on Highway 29 and 70 miles northwest of Austin
on Highway 71. It is the County Seat for Llano County and has a shopping square
around the historic Llano County Courthouse in the center of town. The City of Llano
has a population of approximately 3,300.
Llano River Dam and Bridge in Llano
Llano county is "The Deer Capital of Texas" and the deer
hunters pour into the town during November and December of each year. You will see plenty
of deer in Llano County. On one trip through Llano County some travelers spotted 140
deer while driving about 30 miles in Llano County.
There are antique shops, clothing shops, gift shops, jewelry, art
galleries, and nice Bed & Breakfast Inns for the tourists. You will enjoy the Texas
Hill Country atmosphere in this relaxing little city. You will also find the people
very friendly and fun to visit with.
Historical Buildings on the Square
There are many things of interest in the Llano area including: a
walking tour of the town to see the historical homes, fishing, hunting, hiking, rock
hunting, bird watching, shopping, golfing at their 18 hole course, boating and swimming at
the local lakes, driving around the area to see the beautiful scenery, and wine tasting
and touring at the local wineries.
While you are in Llano, you will want to stop at Cooper's Old Time Barbeque for
one of the best barbeque meals you can find in Texas. People come from a long way to
eat in this special restaurant.
Llano County Museum
The Llano County Museum is located at the northeast end
of the Llano River Bridge on Highway 16 in the historical Bruhl Drugstore Building.
Admission is on a donation basis.
Badu House B&B and Wine Pub
Lantex Theater Movies and Music
Llano River Park
There are two parks on the Llano River in Llano,
Texas. The Llano River Park (photos above) is located on the north side of the Llano
River just above the dam. The Llano River Park has a nice walkway along the river,
picnic tables, park benches, boulders for climbing and sitting on, a covered pavilian with
picnic tables and barbeques, and a public restroom. There are a few RV spaces at
Leonard Grenwelge County Park
The Leonard Grenwelge County Park is located on the
south side of the Llano River just below the dam in Llano, Texas. This
park is more rustic and allows hiking along the river among bolders and exploring the
river. It has picnic tables and a public restroom.
The Old Jail House
You will want to visit Enchanted Rock State Natural Area while in
Llano. It is 14 miles south on Highway 16 and 8 miles west on R.R. 965. This
beautiful, massive dome of Pink Granite is not only an impressive sight to see, but it is
also fun to climb.
The views from the top of the rock's summit are panoramic. Indian
lore surrounds the rock and led to its name in the 1800's. They have 8.4 miles of
hiking trails, picnic tables and grills, walk-in camp sites (no RVs) with water
only. They also have a State Park Store with unique gifts, books, etc. For
reservations call 512-389-8900. For information only call 800-792-1112.
Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake and Lake LBJ are only a short drive from
Llano. There are services available on Lake Buchanan and Lake LBJ such as cabins for rent,
RV parks, boats for rent, etc. It is a very pretty drive to the lakes.
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