Description - The Edwards Plateau region comprises an area of West Central Texas commonly known as the "hill country." Elevations range from slightly less than 100 feet to over 3,000 feet. Several river systems dissect the surface, creating a rough and well-drained landscape. Man-made lakes, ranches, and farms are scattered throughout the region. Scrub forest is the most characteristic plant association of the area. Ash, juniper, Texas oak, and stunted live oak are dominant in the more dissected southern and eastern Canyonlands of the region. Mesquite occurs throughout the Edwards Plateau; together with live oak, it dominates the wood vegetation in the west. Some savanna type vegetation also occurs and was formerly more widespread.
The Balcones Canyonlands area has the most rugged topography in the Edwards Plateau, with its steep grades and exposed geological strata. Springs abound amid the scarp woodlands of oaks and mesquite. Many plants are endemic to the area.
- Because of its hilly scenery, this is one of the more popular areas in Texas for outdoor recreation. The area offers many state parks and historic sites including Blanco State Park, Colorado Bend State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Garner State Park, Hill Country State Natural Area, Lyndon B. Johnson State Historic Park, South Llano River State Park and others.
Limestone hills and spring fed canyons make up most of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, which is found in the Hill Country region. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. This park tells the story of the 36th president of the United States.
Recreation - The most popular recreation activities in this region include hiking, camping, fishing, boating, sailing, water skiing, picnicking, and biking. Other activities include sightseeing, viewing nature, viewing wildlife, birdwatching and viewing historic sites.
Climate - The Hill Country climate is generally hot and humid in the summer and mild in the winter. Snowfall is unusual in the winter months. Average annual rainfall increases from west to east, ranging from 15 to 33 inches. Seasonal rainfall patterns peak in May/June and in September.
The Hill Country region is located in central Texas. It includes the areas around Austin and Fredericksburg. Interstates 35 and 10 lead through the area.