A Beautiful (Tiny) Town
Photo by Barclay Gibson
Driftwood is a beautiful (tiny) Texas town in the heart of the Hill Country. Although the population may be small, the heart of this quaint Texas town is huge. Roughly 40 minutes from Austin and under two hours from San Antonio, the history of Driftwood is rather straightforward. As a result, the hospitality and charm is genuine and welcoming.
Mid-1800’s: First settlers begin to arrive
Late-1800’s: Post office established, as well as a school, Methodist church, mill and general store
1920’s: Less than 20 permanent residents remain
2010: Population of 144
Driftwood’s small size does not mean ‘not worth visiting’. To this end, this day-tripper’s paradise offers quaint shops, amazing food and fantastic wine. With close proximity to several outdoor activities, you definitely want to plan ahead and do some research.
Within a short drive, you can experience Pedernales Falls State Park, Hamilton Pool Preserve and countless trails to bird watch and explore. Just remember – summer can be hot, so plan ahead!
When you visit Driftwood, you must stop by The Salt Lick. Situated on acres of picturesque Texas countryside, they bring barbeque to all your senses!
Featured on countless local television spots, but most notably on Patrick Dockry‘s ‘Health Beauty Life’ show, the history and passion for proper BBQ runs deep in the Texas Hill Country.
In mid-June, the Annual Camp Ben Reunion descends upon the popular campground for four days of the best of Americana, bluegrass, and country music in Texas.
Dating back to 1896, the gathering comprised Civil War Confederate Veterans. Around 1930, it grew to the largest United Confederate Veterans Camp in the South.
According to legend, the reunion date was at the mid-point between cotton plant cutting and harvesting and the full moon.
One thing is for sure, this annual reunion has been going on for more than 120 years and is a spectacle to enjoy time and again.
Driftwood produces some of the finest wine in the region. Master vintners from the Duchman Family Winery and Fall Creek Vineyards provide the opportunity to sample the region’s great wines.
Even better – Fall Creek Vineyards created the Wine Country Inn where you can experience a high-end, adult-style lock-in at a winery!