A Little Bit of Heaven
Wimberley started as a trading post settlement near Cypress Creek in 1848, Wimberley settled in 1856, and incorporated in May 2000, operates as a Type A, General Law City. The City is governed by the City Council, which is composed of a Mayor and five Council members, who are elected for staggered two-year terms. The Mayor and two Council members are elected on even-numbered years, and three Council members are elected on odd-numbered years. The City Council acts primarily by the passage of local laws, called ordinances, which establish rules governing the actions of citizens and the work of city employees.
Wimberley is in central Hays County between Austin and San Antonio, about 17 miles from San Marcos, 180 miles from Houston and 235 miles from Dallas / Fort Worth. The drive to Wimberley from almost any direction is scenic and lovely. Ranch Road 12 from San Marcos or Dripping Springs, or the Devil's Backbone, Ranch Road 32 from Blanco, are each a relaxing drive in the country. "Wimberley," or the Wimberley Valley, includes the incorporated City of Wimberley and the City of Woodcreek, as well as most of central and western Hays County. These areas are within postal zip code 78676 and receive mail addressed to Wimberley, Texas. With a charming downtown Square, beautiful vistas, delightful boutiques, gourmet restaurants and renowned art galleries in additional to delicious wineries and breweries. Wimberley is a true destination City for visitors worldwide.
The geographic center and the aesthetic heart of the Wimberley Valley located at the confluence of Cypress Creek and the Blanco River. In addition to the bald cypress and pecan trees that line the riverbanks, cedar, oak, and grasses grow in shallow, clay loams on the area slopes. The natural beauty of the softly winding Blanco River, shaded Cypress Creek, and the stunning views of Lone Man Creek call to artists, retired folks and anyone seeking escape from city life. Wimberley is home to the famous Blue Hole, one of the top 10 swimming holes in Texas as well as Jacob's Well, a deep underground natural spring that hosts hundreds of visitors each year. Designated as an International Dark Sky Community in 2018, Wimberley is committed to sharing its night sky with future generations.
The Texas Hill Country is unique and special, and the Wimberley Valley is nestled right in the heart of it all. Located in the central flyway for migrating birds and sitting atop the Edwards Plateau where a huge variety of natural fauna can be found, it is a perfect place for anyone who loves nature. In the spring, a symphony of Texas wild flowers turns the hillsides and road sides in to a riot of colors, and Wimberley is right in the heart of the most scenic wild flower locations in the state. Most visitors come to enjoy the peace and natural beauty of the area. The climate and setting make the community a health center and resort town. Visitors also like to stay in Wimberley as a central location near many other popular Hill Country destinations.
Summers in Wimberley are hot, and winters are mild-averaging 300 days of sunshine a year. The annual average rainfall is 37 inches but can vary from as little as 18 to as much as 60 inches. Average frost dates are from November 30 through March 2. Come prepared for anything because Texas weather is notoriously unpredictable.
Wimberley is situated in the Blanco River Valley where Cypress Creek flows into the Blanco. Extensive deposits of limestone make up the white rocks and white stream bottoms common to the area. It is about 1,000 feet above sea level on the Edwards Plateau, with elevations ranging from 850 feet to more than 1,300 feet.
It is difficult to establish a population figure for the Wimberley Valley, but the City of Wimberley has about 3,000 residents, the City of Woodcreek about 1,750 and there are approximately 13,000 people in the entire area covered by zip code 78676.