The appeal of Central Texas is much like any other part of the state. People who live here are big on outdoor recreation on the lakes and in the forests. They love their Texas barbeque, local libations and live music. And that familiar Texas pride is always on display.
Here in Brown County – home to United Country Real Estate | Heart of Texas Real Estate – and the other parts of Central Texas immediately around us, there’s a lot to love. We celebrate the state’s rich history, we enjoy our friendly communities and we look forward to regular local events.
Our area school districts such as the Brownwood Independent School District and the Early Independent School District have been recognized with awards in recent years, and there are also a few well-rated schools at the college/university level.
Let’s take a closer look at the part of Texas we call home and the many attractions that draw residents and visitors alike.
Ask anyone in our area where a great spot is to enjoy life in the great outdoors and you’re bound to hear “Lake Brownwood” a lot. The best way to experience the 7,300-acre reservoir on Texas’ Pecan Bayou may be at Lake Brownwood State Park. There’s great fishing and watersport recreation, hiking trails, campsites and rental cabins.
Right within Brownwood, Fabis Primitive Park offers the Pecan Bayou Paddling Trail for those looking to navigate this tributary of the Colorado River for a couple hours. Also on the bayou in town is Riverside Park, featuring RV hookups, a nature trail, picnic areas, an 18-hole disc golf course and more.
If hunting is your aim, Brownwood is the perfect Texas Hill Country location to pursue deer, turkey, dove, quail, duck and hogs. Lake Brownwood offers some public hunting grounds, and there’s definitely no shortage of leased land for hunting in Brown County or other neighboring counties.
Avid golfers will want to check out The Hideout Golf Club & Resort and Brownwood Country Club for luxury outings, while The Creek Golf Couse & Driving Range in nearby Blanket, Texas, is a solid public course worth playing.
While outdoor recreation will always be popular in Central Texas, there’s a whole lot more to do here year-round. From historical and cultural discoveries, to entertainment venues, local restaurants, annual events and more … there’s something for every age and taste across Brown County and neighboring areas.
Take a deep dive into the region’s history at the Brown County Museum of History and the Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum, or honor the county’s servicemembers at the Central Texas Veterans Memorial. Art enthusiasts may want to visit the Brownwood Art Association for different exhibits every month.
Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre is the place to catch concerts, plays and other live events on stage, while the Regal Heartland in Early always has a good lineup of first-run movies. Get the whole family in on the fun at Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center in the summer, or any time of year with bowling at Rex’s Texas Lanes. Over in Coleman in June, count on the Coleman Rodeo to offer a nice mix of competition events and live music.
One of the more unique offerings in the area is Los Trece, a recreation of a late 1800s wild west town in Early, complete with lodging, food, activities and even gunfight re-enactments. While in Early, you might also head to the storied Humphrey Pete’s for a classic Texas steak. When it’s time for the adults to unwind, Pioneer Tap House in Brownwood is ideal for craft beer lovers, and Skies Over Texas shows why the Hill Country is known for its vineyards and wineries.
Finally, here in this part of Central Texas, especially in the summer and fall, there are some really fun annual events and festivals. July in Santa Anna is all about the Cookoff Under the Mountain. September brings the Annual Pow Wow celebration to Comanche. In October, Brownwood hosts Corks & Caps to highlight local libations, while Eastland’s RipFest features a parade, race and tons of vendors. But there may not be a more magical and classic display than what Brownwood does for Christmas in December.