The drive to Leakey, Texas is one of the prettiest Texas Hill Country drives that you can take, not to mention one of the most fun. From things like wine tasting, shopping, and learning a bit of history, there’s a lot to do along the way.
Your first stop will be at the LBJ State Park just before Stonewall, Texas. There you can see bits of history including President Johnson’s boyhood home and the LBJ Ranch – also known as the Texas White House – where our 36th President was born and where he passed on.
Next, you’re on to Fredericksburg, a personal favorite. This quaint little Texas town has so much to offer! Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War for some history and read about the life of Admiral Nimitz and others who served in the war. Walk through an exhibit that replicates what it would have been like in the combat zone, the George Bush Gallery, the Plaza of the Presidents, and the Japanese Garden of Peace. There’s a lot to see and take in at this 6-acre museum.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop for lunch at Fredericksburg Brewing Co., where you can enjoy the “Best Rueben in Town” and one of their beers brewed in house. In fact, you sit next to the brewing vessels while you eat! Before you hit the road again, you can fit in some shopping or some wine tasting because there is plenty of both to be done in Fredericksburg! And if the peaches are in season, stop at a roadside stand and pick up some of the best peaches in Texas.
Another stop along the way, about 30 minutes from Leakey in Vanderpool, Texas, is Lost Maples State Natural Area. There are great hiking trails that warrant getting out of the car to stretch your legs to enjoy some fresh air and some gorgeous views. If you happen to be here around October through November, you could even catch the Maple leaves turning a beautiful bright red and orange! If you want to plan a trip to Lost Maples to see the color change, you can always check the State Park’s Foliage Report.
Your final stop is the quaint and charming Leakey! Leakey is a great place to visit in the summer when it’s hot enough to enjoy floating the Frio River. You will appreciate the view that Leakey provides year-round, and you’re almost guaranteed to see a lot of deer during your stay. So, make sure to pick up some deer feed in town (they have some at Bear’s Market) if you want to see them up close!
For all of your tubing/kayaking/fishing trip needs, stop in at Josh’s Frio River Outfitters on the main town road. They will get you set up with rentals and shuttle you to access points on the Frio.
If you’re looking for food to pack on the float, Leakey Mercantile is a charming little grocery store in town. Fill up on good Mexican food at Mama Chole’s then head out for some fun at The Hog Pen, a favorite biker, and local, hang-out. Plus there are a handful of hang-outs along the main town road that you can stop into after a fun day of tubing!
There are also a couple of other neat places to check out just outside of Leakey. Garner State Park located on the Frio River, just 10 miles away, is a place where you can enjoy swimming, hiking, and camping!
If you golf at all, you’ll enjoy the famous Utopia Golf Course, located 27 minutes away in the town of Utopia, while also getting to say that you have been to the famous town that the movie “Seven Days in Utopia” was filmed. Make sure and eat at the Lost Maples Cafe on the Main Street. The food is good, and the building is historic.