Blanco, Fischer, Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive, and Wimberley

Wimberley, Texas

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To reach Blanco, go north of San Antonio past miles of cattle ranches and Hill Country vistas. Formerly a “Wild West” kind of town, the community was originally the seat of Blanco County. Although the county seat eventually moved to nearby Johnson City, where it remains today, local residents are hard at work restoring Blanco’s old limestone courthouse as a museum and art gallery. Around the courthouse square are several art galleries and antique shops aimed at weekend visitors, many of whom stop to camp at the Blanco River State Park south of town. Fischer is on the left side of the road. Today not much remains of this community, just a post office, complete with an old-fashioned postmaster’s cage and tiny brass mailboxes. Inside, enormous counters span the length of the dark and musty building. There aren’t any steep climbs or stomach-churning lookouts on the Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive; a high ridge of hills provides a gentle drive with excellent views along the way. There’s very little traffic, plus a beautiful picnic spot on the left, just a few miles out of Fischer. This stretch of road is often cited as one of the most scenic drives in Texas and is well known for its fall color.
Day Trips from San Antonio

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Day Trips from San Antonio

by Paris Permenter & John Bigley (The Globe Pequot Press)

To reach Blanco, go north of San Antonio past miles of cattle ranches and Hill Country vistas. Formerly a “Wild West” kind of town, the community was originally the seat of Blanco County. Although the county seat eventually moved to nearby Johnson City, where it remains today, local residents are hard at work restoring Blanco’s old limestone courthouse as a museum and art gallery. Around the courthouse square are several art galleries and antique shops aimed at weekend visitors, many of whom stop to camp at the Blanco River State Park south of town. Fischer is on the left side of the road.

Today not much remains of this community, just a post office, complete with an old-fashioned postmaster’s cage and tiny brass mailboxes. Inside, enormous counters span the length of the dark and musty building. There aren’t any steep climbs or stomach-churning lookouts on the Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive; a high ridge of hills provides a gentle drive with excellent views along the way. There’s very little traffic, plus a beautiful picnic spot on the left, just a few miles out of Fischer. This stretch of road is often cited as one of the most scenic drives in Texas and is well known for its fall color.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Wimberley
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Blanco, Fischer, Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive, and Wimberley

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