On the outer edge of the Texas Hill Country sits Dripping Springs. This quiet community, with just over 2,000 in population, is well-known as a portal to nearby towns such as Spicewood, Driftwood and Fredericksburg.
In recent decades, great strides have been made to bring more commerce, business and amenities to the area, some 25 miles from downtown Austin. It has been hailed as one of the best places to get married in the Texas Hill Country due to the green rolling hills, picturesque ranch-style wedding spots and access to the Hill Country wine trail.
And in 2008 private land was donated to the community of Dripping Springs for the purpose of building a city park for enjoying passive activities and taking in nature. What they turned the land into was Charro Ranch Park, a 64-acre spot that includes a handful of trails for walking and biking, an area set aside for cross country training and centers to learn about the natural habitats, flora and fauna. The expansive park is alive and well thanks to Lucy Reed Hibberd’s generous donation of the land to the city — which had been in her family for 50 years.
If you’re on the lookout for some serious bird watching spots, Charro Ranch Park has been hailed as one of the best places to spot a Painted Bunting or Summer Tanager if you’re lucky and skilled with a pair of binoculars. In fact, 117 species of birds have been seen in the land, from The Crested Caracara to the Great-horned Owl, there are countless sights to take in around the park.
The natural environment that is sought to be preserved here is filled with Blackjack Oaks, Live Oaks, Cedar Elms and Texas Persimmons. This carefully-protected land has been developed over the years with decorated stone paths set up for meditation, including the Solstice Circle and Walk of Peace.
It was Hibberd’s passion for seeking quiet contemplation that led to the creation of these beautiful places of reflection. You can see her passion for conservation throughout the trails and walkways in its careful native landscaping and beautifully quiet golden hills so perfect for attracting area birds.
Charro Ranch Park (map)
22690 Farm to Market Road 150
Driftwood, TX 78619