Located in the middle of Texas and the northern gateway to the Texas Hill Country, Lampasas is about 30 minutes from Fort Hood, and about an hour out of the state capital, Austin. The small city of Lampasas (about 6,800 people) is full of Southwest charm, from its limestone buildings and narrow alleys, to its historic courthouse and square. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the city was a booming resort town known as the “Saratoga of the South,” and people came from far and wide to “take the waters.”
Historic Downtown Square - Scattered throughout the Downtown Historic District and surrounding area, you will find eight one-of-a-kind murals depicting the rich heritage that makes up Lampasas County. The Courtyard Square in Downtown Lampasas is anchored by the historic recently refurbished Lampasas County Courthouse. The Courthouse and area surrounding it are a Nationally Registered Historic District. Downtown Lampasas is a one block walk from Campbell Park and Cooper Springs Park which have the actual Hanna Springs, many Art in the Park exhibits, Cooper Springs Nature Trail, and the modern Hanna Springs Swimming Pool. Come visit and discover what relaxing in Downtown Lampasas and the Courtyard Square really feels like!
Hancock Springs Free Flow Pool - No summertime visit to Lampasas is complete without a dip in the enormously refreshing spring-fed, free-flow Hancock Pool. The Hancock Spring Free Flow pool is the oldest in the state and open in the afternoon and early evening, Thursday through Sunday, in the summer only. Hancock Springs is said to be 72 degrees all year round and dates to 1911. The sulfur springs in Lampasas, touted for their healing properties, were the main attraction for visitors to Lampasas in the latter part of the nineteenth century, and Hancock Pool is the only sulfur springs pool still open to the public. The springs are now part of a 109-acre park. Moonlight swims take place on designated evenings in June, July, and August and everyone attending is invited to bring food for the potluck supper. Live music is played and everyone wears glow-in-the-dark necklaces – this a true FAMILY event! The pool drains into a nearby creek that runs through the park.
WM Brook Park - The Riverwalk of Lampasas! Families will enjoy spending time along the river, where children can play on the playground, travel the pedestrian suspension bridge, fish the river, and watch productions at the river-side Ruth Akin Outdoor Theater.
Hancock Park Golf Course - For golfers, the park’s 18-hole golf course spans 140 acres along the park. Established in 1945 as a nine-hole course and expanded to an 18-hole golf course in 1996, the course has beautiful native trees, and a Sulphur creek winds through holes 11 of the 18. Measuring just 6,000 yards from the championship tees and par 72, the golf course is short but challenging. Hancock Park Golf Course is a municipal golf course, which has a fully stocked pro shop.
Cooper Spring Nature Park - Named for the natural spring on the property, Cooper Spring Nature Park is a series of trails on approximately 16-acres dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of wildlife. Volunteers have cleared invasive plants and sowed native varieties to create a space welcoming to birds and butterflies, as well as humans. Free of charge, this park is a labor of love that offers a beautiful slice of unspoiled nature in downtown Lampasas.
580 Sports Complex - This 173-acre park is big enough to accommodate large crowds of spectators and hosts many events to include youth baseball, youth softball, adult softball, and youth soccer. The city has a twenty-five year plan for the sports complex, which means that it will continue to grow, develop, and offer more opportunities for Lampasas residents and visitors. The Sports Complex features 2 regulation size soccer fields, 2 regulation size softball fields, playground, 300 parking spaces, 30 acres of dedicated open space land, an open-air basketball court, 3 acres of wetland with viewing platform, concession stand, 900 feet of walking trail and wildlife viewing.
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