Deer Hunting Capital of Texas - Barbecue Capital of the World
From its unique and unusual landscapes to its abundant wildlife and rugged beauty, Llano has a lot to offer travelers of the Hill Country
There's something to be said about good Texas barbecue, and regardless where you go in this wide world of ours, you won't find as much BBQ or any as tastes as good as it does in this Central Texas community.
Founded in 1855, on the clear, spring-fed Llano River, Llano County is the unrivaled Deer Capital of Texas and the Barbecue Capital of the World - and the Home of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
From it's astounding display of wildflowers in the spring, the refreshing waters of the Llano River, Lake Buchanan, or Lake LBJ in the summer, the lure of landing a trophy fish in the fall, or the abundance of deer in winter, there's something for everyone in Llano.
Llano is one of the most unique and picturesque cities in the entire state. And that's not just Chamber of Commerce talk - it's a fact. Llano County is a region of rugged beauty and historic significance. For sight-seeing or shopping, it's the vacationer's perfect home-base. Its friendly, small-town atmosphere makes for a great destination and a pleasant place to spend some quality time away from the fast-paced world of larger cities.
For decades the clock on the courthouse tower has chimed the hours and is the unifying heartbeat of the town. As each day darkens, the sounds from the tower, the river and nestling birds intermingle into a single chorus that is commonplace in the hearts and minds of the townsfolk. With an art gallery, museum, historic buildings, gift and antique shops, clothing stores and restaurants all close at hand, visitors are certain to find their stay a pleasant one.
Considered by the U.S. Census Bureau to be one of the healthiest cities in the nation, Llano is to many hunters the unrivaled Deer Capital of Texas. In fact, the density of deer in the Llano Basin is greater than any other area in the United States.
And the unusual landscape holds many secrets and treasures. Llanite, a rare type of brown granite with sky blue crystals and rusty-pink feldspar, is found nowhere else in the world except in Llano County. Llanite can be found along a highway cut nine miles north of Llano on Texas 16.
There are many things of interest in the Llano area including: a walking tour of the town to see the historical homes, fishing, hunting, hiking, rock hunting, bird watching, shopping, golfing at their 18 hole course, boating and swimming at the local lakes, driving around the area to see the beautiful scenery, and wine tasting and touring at the local wineries.
And as far as barbecue goes, try Cooper's Old Time Barbecue for one of the best barbeque meals you can find in Texas. People come from a long way to eat here.