Hiking in Texas – Enchanted Rock State Park


Enchanted Rock – Located in Gillespie and Llano Counties, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg on RR 965. 8.4 miles of hiking trails, nature trail, interpretive exhibits, rock climbing, wildlife. Call 325-247-3903 Lost Maples – Located in Bandera County five miles north of Vanderpool on RR 187. Check here for things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas and the surrounding area.

Picnicking, 10 miles of hiking & nature trails, historical site/structure, watchable wildlife, fishing, swimming. Call 830 – 966-3413.

Pedernales Falls – Located in Blanco County nine miles east of Johnson City on FM 2766. Picnicking, fishing, swimming, 8 miles of developed hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, nature trail, wildlife. 830 – 868-7304

Volkssporting – The first Volkssport event in the United States was held in Fredericksburg in June 1976. The Pilgrimage Routes consist of three different sanctioned walk routes and one bicycle route that can be walked/biked year round. For more information call 830 – 997-8056.

Rock Climbing

Rock About Climbing Service Custom, private guiding and adventure to the places YOU want to explore, including Enchanted Rock. 512-415-0804


The back roads of Gillespie County provide miles of scenic views for road bicycle riding. These roads are county roads that do have some traffic, but offer beautiful views and scenery.

Nature & Wildlife

Birding and Wingshooting in Texas

The wildlife of the Texas Hill Country is diverse. Regardless if you are a hunter, photographer or just a lover of wildlife and nature, the Hill Country offers ample opportunity to get in tough with nature’s creatures. You’ll find the following mammals in the region: badger, bats, ferret, jackrabbit, prairie dog, bobcat, coyote, cottontail feral hog, fox squirrel, Mexican ground squirrel, Mountain lion, Mountain sheep, armadillo, opossum, raccoon, skunk, lots of white tailed deer and there are also numerous bird species that frequent or are native to the Texas Hill Country.


Approximately 300 species of birds occur in the Texas Hill Country where birding is great all year. The area is an overlap zone of ranges of eastern and western bird species, as well as some north and south species. An excellent place to view birds in Fredericksburg proper is the Live Oak Wilderness Nature Trail in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Wildseed Farm and Butterfly Haus

located just 7 miles east of Fredericksburg. One of the nation’s large working wildflower farms. Flowers bloom from spring through the first frost. Shop in the Market Center, have a drink in the Brew-Bonnet Biergarten. Don’t miss the 3,000 square foot butterfly haus, featuring Texas native butterflies.

Wildflower Trail of the Texas Hill Country

Includes 10 counties in the Texas Hill Country – beautiful wildflowers including the Texas Bluebonnet. For a nice break from all of the nature that the Texas Hill Country offers don’t forget to check out some of the local Fredericksburg wineries.


The Fredericksburg area of the Texas Hill Country is home to many native and exotic species of animals, which allow sportsmen almost year round hunting opportunities. White tail deer are the most popular and plentiful, but there are also turkey, doves and quail. A brochure is available through the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce 830 997-6523.

Old Tunnel Wildlife Management

Located 10.5 miles south of Highway 290 on the Old San Antonio Road. Millions of Mexican free tail bats make their summer home in Central Texas. The season to view the evening emergence of bats is generally from mid-May to mid-October. 830 – 990-2860

Dairy Daze at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park

Find out just how important the family milk cow was on a 1915-era German Family farm. Watch as the cow is milked at 9:30 am, observe the milk separating procedure and learn what products could be produced from the milk from the family cow. Try your hand at “milking” our non-kicking, non-moving cow which we have jokingly named “Half and Half”!

9 am to noon on Saturday. Donations welcome. 199 State Park Road 52, Stonewall, Texas. Call (830) 644-2252 for details.

Gastehaus Schmidt Easter Office Hours

Gastehaus Schmidt will be closed Easter Sunday so that we may celebrate with our families. We will be open regular hours on Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Friday 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Easter Sunday- Closed

Monday – 9 am to 6 pm

If you have a reservation with us and you are checking out on Sunday, just drop the keys through the key drop on our front door. If you are arriving on Sunday, we will deliver your key, where applicable, by 3 pm, our new check-in time.

If you encounter a problem on Sunday, please contact the manager or owner on the map we emailed you.

Beyond Fredericksburg

Explore the Area | Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation Activities


Kerrville is a beautiful 22-mile drive from Fredericksburg, TX and the Gastehaus Schmidt office. . Settled in 1856 Kerrville is the County Seat of Kerr County. It is known for it’s more than two-dozen boys’ and girls’ camps, dude ranches and religious encampments. Its terrain is rugged cedar and live oak-covered hills, picturesque green valleys and beautiful Guadalupe River. Whitetail deer are numerous. Activities in Kerrville include city parks, tennis center, public and private golf courses, horseback riding, camping, bicycling, shopping and more.

Among the events of Kerrville, the most popular is The Kerrville Music Festival, every spring – there is also the Folk Festival, Bike Tours, Runs, a Cowboy Camp Meeting, Various Cook-Offs, Senior Games, Fairs, Shows and Concerts. Attractions include the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, Hill Country Museum, Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, the National Center for American Western Art and the Riverside Nature Center.

Another attraction to the Kerrville area is the James Avery Jewelry factory and store. James Avery jewelry has become well know for it’s Christian design and quality workmanship.


Comfort is approximately 50 minutes northwest of San Antonio and is call by the locals of Comfort the “Star of the Texas Hill Country. The town was founded in 1854 by German pioneers who came upon this site with clear flowing water nestled in the picturesque valley, where Cypress Creek joins the Guadalupe River, and were reminded of the Old Country. It is an unincorporated rural community nestled in the charming and comfortable valley where Cypress Creek joins the Guadalupe River.

Besides the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, Comfort has a large number of antique dealers, gift shops, restaurants, and a general store in what may be the best oldest business district in continuous use in Texas. Rich in history Comfort boasts nearly one hundred pre – 1910 buildings within walking distance of the town center, and this is why a large part of Comfort has been designated a National Historic District.

Comfort is a popular tourist area with numerous camps along the Guadalupe River operated by various civic organizations. Visitors enjoy fishing, swimming and camping during summer months. Hunting is popular during the fall and winter. Comfort also throws several well attended events each year including their annual Independence Day Celebration and their popular Christmas Parade in December.

Hunt & Ingram

Hunt is located at the junction of the north and south forks of the Guadalupe River, was named for the friend of the founder; Alvie Joy in 1912. Alvie Joy built the first post office for Hunt residents who were mostly farmers and shingle makers. Dating from the 1920s private camps were built along the banks of the river and still thrive every season.


Find Lodging In Fredericksburg, TX 78624

When planning a vacation to Fredericksburg and the surrounding Texas Hill Country, deciding on the perfect vacation rental property depends on the many wishes of those you’re travelling with, your group size and your overall goal of taking a vacation here in the first place.

A Variety of Fredericksburg Rentals In Texas Hill Country

At Gastehaus Schmidt, we offer a wide selection of properties for you to choose from, all with a certain extra country appeal that is characteristic of Fredericksburg and rentals in the Texas Hill Country. Please take the time to browse our vacation rental properties by the category that strikes your fancy the most or choose from the list of our most popular lodging accommodations:

      • In Town Rentals –If being close to shopping, restaurants, or the general buzz of quaint downtown Fredericksburg is what you’ve been seeking, then you’ll be delighted to find free-standing guest houses or bed & breakfasts in residential neighborhoods.  These vacation homes offer the ease and convenience of a location close to town. Come take a look…
      • Rural Cabins – This area of the Texas Hill Country is famous for tiny homes &cabins nestled privately amongst the hills, each with its own rustic style and appeal. Some are even large enough to host events, but maintain that modest charm that the area is known for.
      • Texas Hill Country Lodging – These rentals come in all shapes and sizes, including private guest houses, and waterfront properties. Some of them are even pet friendly so that no member of the family is left behind!
      • Pet Friendly Cabins & Homes – If you want to bring the entire family, pets and all, then checkout these vacation rentals that are completely pet friendly.

Friendly Vacation Rental Services For All Lodging Options

Of course, the friendly staff here at Gastehaus Schmidt is always willing to help answer your questions. In the event our website doesn’t provide all the answers to your vacation rental needs; by all means contact us by telephone or email. Our office will have the latest, most up to date information on individual accommodations, and our expert vacation rental specialists are always excited to help you in your selection process. Additionally we always remind guests to please be sure to ask about anything that is special to you so that we may do our best to provide you with the greatest lodging experience we can.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to move guests to an equal or higher priced accommodation at no extra charge to the guest. In that event, the guest has the right to cancel the reservation at no charge.