Outdoorsy folks looking for fun things to do in Dripping Springs have a wealth of options. Although National Parks and Recreation Month occurred last month, you can still check out the Dripping Springs Parks and Recreation calendar with something to do every day. It has a lot of great ideas.
Exploring the Parks in Dripping Springs
Dripping Springs has five parks that await you. Check out Charro Ranch Park, a 64-acre park located at 22690 W. FM 150. The city designed this park to offer a natural setting for passive activities. It has received the TCEQ Environmental Excellence Civic/Community Award.
Charro Ranch features trails and quiet spots for reflection. You can set up a picnic. Families amble around the park to learn about plants, animals, birds, and ecology. As you stroll, keep your eyes peeled for signs that identify the different tree species. Cross country and track athletes can train here.
The 130-acre Ranch Park is across from Dripping Springs Elementary School at 1042 Event Center Dr. Walkers, hikers, runners, and athletes will love the six miles of trails that take them through lush trees where they can spot wildlife. Horseback riders bring their horses. Kids run off their energy on the playground.
Ranch Park holds weekly community events including bird watching, skateboarding, and mountain biking. A bird viewing area overlooks the pond. The park’s website provides details, a map, and a schedule.
Currently, Founders Memorial Park (419 Founders Park Rd., Suite A) is closed for construction, but its pool remains open. Residents can rent the Founders Memorial Park Community Pool and its pavilion for parties and special events. Part of the access to the park is closed. Access the pool by taking Rob Shelton Boulevard off of Hwy 290 or the Big Sky Subdivision connection.
Like its name, you can expect to find plenty of opportunities to practice and play your favorite sport at Sports and Recreation Park. The 40-acre park is located at 27148 Ranch Rd. 12. Dripping Springs Youth Sports Association holds soccer, baseball, and softball practices and games here. The park also offers horseshoes.
The fifth park is Veterans Memorial Park located at Hwy. 290 and Ranch Rd. 12. It’s the perfect place to pay tribute to veterans. It’s also the place to shop local as the Dripping Springs Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 3 to 6 pm.
More Outdoor Fun in Dripping Springs
A favorite spot is the Hamilton Pool Preserve (24300 Hamilton Pool Rd.) and Milton Reimers Ranch Park (23610 Hamilton Pool Rd.). These two spots are close by. Reimers has rock-climbing and more than 18 miles of trails that’s open for horseback riding. Be sure to check their websites for updated hours and safety precautions.
After working up a sweat, head over to the pool or the Pedernales River where you can catch white bass. Reimers also has an observatory and monthly bird walks. Learn more about this park in the blog post about Travis County Parks.
Only 1.5 miles from Reimers Ranch Park is the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center at 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd. Round Mountain, TX 78663. This 76-acre preserve serves as an outdoor classroom to inspire people to take a lifelong interest in enjoying and protecting nature.
Enjoy the great outdoors!