Area Attractions

There are a tremendous variety of activities and attractions nearby Love Creek Orchards. If your planning a family outing or coming to visit Love Creek Orchards, you may want to incorporate one or more of these local Texas attractions when planning your trip.

The Apple Capital of Texas

The apple industry in Medina (pronounced: “ma-dee-nah”)  began in 1980 when local ranchers and farmers began successfully growing apples. In 1988 when the trees were big enough to bear fruit, a group of citizens decided to celebrate the harvest and the fact that Texas has the only fresh apples in July. So, in 1988, the First Texas International Apple Festival was held on the banks of the Medina River. The festival is long gone, but Medina, TX, still maintains the name of “Apple Capital of Texas,” which was given in 1989 by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Bandera – The Cowboy Capital of the World

Just 13 miles from Medina is Bandera, Texas, the Cowboy Capital of the World. The Bandera web site has plenty of activities as indicated by their calendar of events.

Cowboys on Main is a great attraction. During the warm weather months, downtown Bandera is transformed with a Saturday event called Cowboys on Main. It is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. The event features horseback riding cowboys, storytellers, trick ropers, musicians, and a lot more. The event is sponsored by the Frontier Times Museum’s Living History Project. The museum dates back to 1927 and is a good place to learn more about Bandera’s early days through cowboy paraphernalia, Native American arrowheads, and prehistoric artifacts.

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Hill Country State Natural Area

Located approximately 11 miles outside of Bandera, the 5,369-acre Hill Country State Natural Area is Texas’ largest state park open to equestrians. The natural area draws a decidedly different type of outdoor enthusiast since it is undeveloped, lacking paved roads, potable water, restrooms, or other amenities. Those who do venture to the park find 36 miles of mixed-use trails ideal for horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, primitive camping, and offroad bicycling. Several trail sections are closed to offroad cyclists, but the available trails consist of challenging rocky sections as well as less technical runs.

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Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples State Natural AreaLost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool, TX, is 21 Miles from Medina, TX. It’s a beautiful site to behold. Look for the tree tour in October.

The scenery is unlike that which you would find anywhere else in the Hill Country. Instead of the usual rolling hills covered with Live Oaks, these are huge hills with awesome sheer cliffs and are covered with Maples.

Archaeological evidence shows that this area was used by prehistoric peoples at various times. In historic times, which began with Spanish exploration and colonization efforts in the late 17th century, the Apache, Lipan Apache, and Comanche Indians ranged over the land and posed a threat to settlement well into the 19th century.

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Lone Star Motorcycle Museum

Lone Star Motorcycle MuseumThe LONE STAR MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country with beautiful motorcycling roads all around. The Museum has a wonderful collection of machines from around the world dating from the 1910′s to modern. The museum is located 4 miles North of Vanderpool on State Hwy. 187

The ACE CAFE, located in the Museum, offers an eclectic selection of gourmet hamburgers, famous Aussie meat pies, salads, cold drinks, and deserts.

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Medina River Natural Area

Medina River Natural AreaThe Medina River runs through this 500-acre Natural Area constructed on the site of the old proposed Applewhite Reservoir.

The hike and bike trails are of varying degrees of difficulty and accessibility. They follow along the river and climb to the upland areas above the north shore.

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Kerrville, Texas

Kerrville, Texas. A Hill Country Paradise.Kerrville is a Hill Country paradise. With majestic scenery and friendly people. Kerrville is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, where sparkling spring fed creeks meander through the rugged terrain and rolling hills of the Guadalupe River Valley.

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