Dripping Springs is truly a hybrid of small town/ suburb on the edge of Austin City Limits. The town has grown tremendously over the past few years. Studies project the population to grow to 82,000 by the year 2023. The Dripping Springs community is very tight knit and tries to hang on to its small town country life, despite the population growth that was attracted to the area in the first place.
The town bills itself as the "Gateway to the Hill Country.” Throughout the Dripping Springs area are views of rolling hills and deep creeks. It is 25 miles from downtown Austin, located off Highway 290. Some of the newly-built communities include Arrowhead Ranch, Caliterra, Belterra, and Headwaters.
The city is served by the Dripping Springs Independent School District. The city has one high school, two middle schools, and four elementary schools. In the last five years, the school district has added 1,300 students and expects to add 2,500 more students in the next five years. As this trend continues, expect more state-of-the-art schools to add to the mix.
With the quaint life in Dripping Springs, come the local restaurants to enjoy. Stop by the Rolling in Thyme and Dough restaurant for breakfast and lunch for an amazing pesto croissant. Stroll by Pieous for scratch-made Neapolitan pizza, sandwiches & sweet pies in a handcrafted space with chalkboard walls.
Nature is there is be explored, so definitely check out Hamilton Pool, a natural water pool with picnic facilities and places to hike. Also a natural attraction, just 15 miles northwest of the Hamilton Pool, is the Westcave Preserves. The Westcave Preserve is a limestone-walled canyon containing several unusual and endangered plants, which can be seen on guided tours.
Take advantage of several local wineries, distilleries, and breweries near Dripping Springs. Most even are family-friendly. Jester King Brewery, Bell Springs Winery, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Family Business Beer Company are some of Austinites favorites in Dripping Springs.
From the beautiful views to the relaxed lifestyle, Dripping Springs has a ton to offer new residents. It’s easy to understand why so many people continue to move to this quaint “Gateway to the Hill County.”