Gillespie County Country Schools Driving Trail

In 2006, the Gillespie County Commissioners Court established the Gillespie County Country Schools Trail, linking 16 former historic country schools and the Vereins Kirche (Community Church), the replica of the first school in Gillespie County on Market Square in Fredericksburg. This "schools" trail is a first in Texas. The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools, in cooperation with the Gillespie County Historical Society, the LBJ National and State Park, the Cherry Mountain Community Club, and the Grapetown Community Club sponsor the trail and the various activities throughout the year. The intent of the trail is to document the history of public education in the county and to document the more than 40 school districts that existed. The goal, once enough funds have been raised, is to have a permanent display at Market Square in Fredericksburg, documenting the districts and the remaining buildings for visitors to enjoy. The "schools trail" allows visitors to Gillespie County learn about education and customs in the German Hill country of the 19th century, explore different architectural styles and see the beautiful landscape of the area, especially during the spring wildflower season. Approximately 120 miles of trail have been broken down into color-coded routes directing the visitor to schools in a particular quadrant of the county. Visitors will be able to spend from two hours to half a day exploring this element of Gillespie County history.

Great place for traveling around, lakes, hiking trails, hunting sites, and fishing spots.