Fun Things to Do Outdoors in Liberty Hill
Located 35 miles north of downtown Austin in the Texas Hill Country, Liberty Hill offers country living and a robust community. Once a rural ranching area, this town in Williamson Country maintains a connection to its historic past. Open-air lovers will appreciate Liberty Hill’s location as it puts them near endless outdoor pursuits.
Liberty Hill Parks
You’d be surprised how many parks this small town has. Here are the parks to check out.
Veterans Memorial Park
1013 Loop 332
Newly renovated, Veterans Memorial Park is in the heart of downtown Liberty Hill. It pays tribute to those who served. The Kneeling Soldier, a 7-foot sculpture, welcomes visitors at the entrance. The park features five monument stones that surround a five-point star with the American flag in the middle. The names of veterans from Liberty Hill appear on the stones.
Surrounding the park is a wrought iron fence containing the military emblem of the service branches. The cool thing is that residents can buy bricks in the park to honor veterans.
Intersection of Loop 332 & CR 279
Named after the town’s first mayor and respected community leader, Wetzel Park has a brand new Splash Pad. It will have bike racks, water stations, a playground, and restrooms. Walk around the park and you’ll notice crepe myrtles. The community planted these in memory of long-time citizen Wendell McLeod.
City Park Pool
The community swimming pool isn’t open yet, but it should be open within a year. Keep an eye out on City Park Pool news.
Lions Foundation Park
355 Loop 332
And now for the mother of all parks, Lions Foundation Park has a pavilion with picnic areas, a soccer-football practice field, a 0.8-mile walking track, two ball fields, a volleyball court, and an onsite library. This private park is maintained by many volunteers, the Liberty Hill Youth League, and the Liberty Hill Garden Club.
What makes this park special are the sculptures. In 1976, 25 renowned sculptors came to Liberty Hill from six countries. They lived in the community for two months and created 26 works of art. Most of the International Sculpture Park art is in the Lions Foundation Park. The rest are on the adjacent Liberty Hill Intermediate School’s property.
If you’re seeking watersports, fishing, or cycling, you have plenty of options. Large lakes, wooded areas, and wildlife habitats are nearby. Lake Buchanan is a popular stop for boating, fishing, and camping. The second largest of the Highland Lakes in Central Texas, the lake is 30 miles long at its widest point. It has RV parks, cabins for rent, and lake rental houses as well as a few cafes.
Also, a little over 30 minutes from Liberty Hill is Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System manages refuges all around the U.S. The country set aside these lands to conserve wildlife, fish, and plants.
Bird watchers will want to search for the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo. The refuge plays a critical role in preserving these songbirds’ home. Accessible restrooms are available in the headquarters, Doeskin Ranch, and Warbler Vista. Visit the refuge’s website for directions and information.