10600 Ranch Road 12
Wimberley, TX 78676
Around The Area
Nature and Hiking Trail at Mountain View Lodge
Situated on the Edwards Plateau, our nature trail passes through representatives of many of the habitats of the Texas Hill Country. Winding through our 5.5 acre property, the trail moves from dry rocky slopes down into cooler moister ravines. Many of the region's most interesting native plants can be seen here in a small area.
Several succulent plants are common on the rocky slopes, such as the sotol and the twist leaf yucca, which is found nowhere else in the world except the Texas Hill Country. In the ravines you can see Lindheimer's silk-tassel and, in the spring, the blue flowers of Wright skullcap and the red blooms of the cedar sage.
The trail ascends upward to a bench of hard limestone. The seasonal wetness allows moisture-loving grass-like plants to grow, producing a "sedge meadow". This is in sharp contrast to the clumps of big bluestem at the beginning of the trail; another important part of the Mountain View ecosystem.
This is one of our highlights
Approximately 200 million years ago, the property where the Lodge now sits, was the bed of a shallow sea. Mid-way along the trail is a fossilized oyster bed as a reminder. Depressions in the rock along the trail have been confirmed as dinosaur tracks. The Allosaurus (other lizard) roamed this area 150 million years ago, leaving his footprint for you to discover.
Sumacs are an integral component of the juniper-oak woodlands of the Hill Country. There are three forms of sumacs on the property; flameleaf, fragrant, and evergreen.
Other highlights are the Texas madrone, rarely found on the Edwards Plateau and the Texas barberry, rather rare in Texas and not found anywhere else in the world.
You may encounter some of our friends along the trail as well.
Come in spring to see wildflowers, including perennial Indian paintbrush, slender Greenthread, Barbara's Buttons, Blackfoot Daisy, and the blue flowers of Wright Skullcap.
Agarita is one of the earliest spring bloomers. Another early-spring treat is the Texas redbud. Its pink pea-flowers stand out among the foliage of various trees. Fragrant Mimosa, easily overlooked at other times of the year, is covered in pink flowerballs during the spring.
In midsummer, Sotol produces a woody flowering stalk that can be ten feet tall. Also seen during the summer and into the fall, white heliotrope is common in dry areas, Marsh fleabane is conspicuous on a moist spot.
Texas oak, provides great fall color and throughout the winter, look for Plateau Live Oak with its dark green glossy leaves
Wimberley is home to the second largest outdoor market in Texas; and it happens on the first Saturday of every month, March thru December. The village is home to galleries, fine restaurants, and one of a kind shops with items to appeal to everyone; it has wineries, a zip line, an olive ranch, Blue Hole Park, and Jacob's Well. In close proximity are San Marcos, New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, and Dripping Springs. Begin and end your Hill Country adventure with us.