Welcome to Dripping Springs
As the Gateway to Hill Country, you’ll find dozens of beautiful homes, wedding venues, breweries, vineyards, and old-fashioned Southern hospitality in this idyllic, rural suburb of Austin TX
Small-town hospitality and charm is graced with the sophistication of Austin in Dripping Springs, a Hays County city often considered the "Gateway to Hill Country." Boasting sprawling green vistas, gentle waterways, and peaceful communities, Dripping Springs fosters a quiet, private place to live with a mixed hometown, suburban-rural vibe.
Situated just 25 minutes away from Austin, this charming town is home to multiple live music venues, more than 30 craft breweries and local distilleries, gorgeous vineyards, and historic wonders. With its natural beauty and picturesque setting, it's no wonder why Dripping Springs is the Wedding Capital of Texas, with dozens of wedding venues within a 15-mile radius fit for weddings of all shapes and sizes.
What to Love
- Classic Southern hospitality
- Dozens of wedding venues
- Live music venues
- Agricultural farms and ranches
- Historical attractions
- Several stunning parks
- Hills for hiking and biking
- Breweries, vineyards, and distilleries
People & Lifestyle
Dripping Springs might be a relatively small town — it has a population of just around 4,000, though the surrounding unincorporated areas are home to an additional 35,000 residents. But what it lacks in size, Dripping Springs makes up for in spades with an inviting, friendly community. Even the most discerning buyers are likely to find the perfect home in this city. Ranch-style homes and farms are most common, but apartments and single-family residences are also available. Prices range from $300,000 to well into the millions for those looking for luxury estates. Niche
ranks Dripping Springs as the second-best place in all of Hays County to raise a family, and its children attend some of the best public schools in Texas. The Dripping Springs Independent School District previously received an "A" rating
from the Texas Education Agency.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Notable restaurants, breweries, and bakeries:
- Nestled in the heart of Dripping Springs is Rolling in Thyme and Dough, a quaint, family-run European-style bakery serving fresh-made sandwiches, pastries, and cakes in addition to offering live music and a dinner menu.
- The bucolic drive through Onion Creek, rolling hills, and fertile pastures to Tillie's is part of the overall experience at this unique New American fine-dining restaurant.
- A brewery, kitchen, farm, and event hall, Jester King is a Texas Hill Country staple perched on a gorgeous 165-acre ranch.
- Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Josh and Paige Kaner, Pieous Pizza is a wood-fired pizza joint that lives up to its name with an incredible array of scratch-made Neapolitan pizzas and pies housed in a cozy space with chalkboard walls.
- A family-owned and operated olive oil company situated on 17 acres of farmland, Texas Hill Country Olive Co. is the proud manufacturer of award-winning olive oil produced onsite at their mill. Visit for a free tasting of their oil and balsamic in the Tuscan-style tasting room.
- At the award-winning Pure Luck Dairy farm, 100 Nubian and Alpine goats graze on five acres of picturesque organic farmland on Barton Creek. The family-owned farm specializes in a variety of fresh organic, goat cheeses and as well as fresh-cut culinary herbs.
Popular local shops:
- One of the most popular boutiques in Dripping Springs is women's clothing store Vintage Soul. A curated shop featuring home decor, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and gifts, Vintage Soul harnesses a Texan vibe with finesse.
- Chain retailer and Ace Hardware store Breed and Co. is one of 5,000 locally owned stores operated worldwide. Here you'll find a range of homeware, hardware, and garden supplies.
- At local boutique Revel Wilde, you can shop a range of modern-eclectic home goods, garments, jewelry, accessories, and gifts with a Southern flair. This adorable shop is all about the comforts of home, as evidenced by their ever-changing inventory of cozy products, like wall art, candles, planters, dish towels and more.
- Pedernales Falls State Park is known for its gentle waterfalls and rock pools. It's a tranquil spot to relax and an excellent place for camping, hiking, picnicking, wildlife- watching, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
- A designated nature preserve located upstream from Pedernales River, Hamilton Pool Preserve is home to more than 31,000 acres of endangered species habitat. Surrounded by a unique natural area teeming with lush plant life and various wildlife species, the pool is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
- Founded as the Westcave Preserve in 1976, the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center offers educational programs to teach and inspire people to conserve and protect nature.
- A 64-acre park donated by Lucy Reed Hibbard in 2008, Charro Ranch Park is a multi-use area for walking, hiking, picnicking, and sports training.
- Milton Reimers Ranch Park is a world-class rock climbing destination that touts more than 18 miles of trails.
Festivals and music venues:
- The Annual Founders Day Festival is Dripping Spring's biggest community event. This three-day festival celebrates the town’s founding in 1853 with free music and entertainment, a parade, carnival, food, beer, cook-off competitions, vendors and street dances.
- The Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is a free and exciting three-day jubilee featuring singer/songwriter showcases.
- Nutty Brown Amphitheatre regularly hosts weekend country music and pairs jazz brunches with classic American dishes and patio dining.
- Dripping Springs Food & Wine Festival
Dripping Springs has its own Independent School District
comprised of four (soon to be five) elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.