Texas is a big state, and there is no surprise that it’s littered with small towns. The towns listed below all have a population of under 1,000 people, according to past census information. Some small towns in the state have nothing but a gas station. However the eight towns listed below all have something to offer for the traveler. Explore these tiny towns in Texas that are worth a visit.
Round Top (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Round Top, about an hour drive east of Austin, has many things going for it, but people mostly come here for the shopping and the theater. The Original Round Top Antiques Fair happens every spring and fall where loads of vendors sell vintage and antique goods. After a day out shopping for treasures, enjoy a show by the Round Top Festival Institute. The theater, which seats up to 1,000 people, showcases a number of different performers from all over the world. Before you leave, don’t forget to snag a piece of pie from the town’s popular pie maker at Royers Pie Haven. And then, walk off your pie food coma by visiting a few art galleries around the town’s center, near Henkel Square and Bybee Square.
Terlingua (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Terlingua is a small west Texas town that may be known as a ghost town but is the perfect place to stay if you’re wanting to cherish some of Texas’ best landscape. Outdoorsy folks will feel right at home in Terlingua. The town doesn’t have much, but Terlingua’s proximity to both Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, make this place the perfect outdoor paradise. Every November however, the town of Terlingua’s population explodes for the annual chili cookoff, known as the Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff . Thousands of chili lovers flock to Terlingua to make and taste the best chilis in the state.
Luckenbach (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This tiny town has a small population for a reason, because the town isn’t very big in the first place. Luckenbach gained notoriety however, by the Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson song, “Luckenbach, Texas.” There are only three establishments within Luckenbach, a post office, a dance hall and a general store. However music lovers head to Luckenbach every weekend to enjoy live music at the dance hall.
Turkey (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This Texas panhandle town comes alive in honor of Bob Wills, a famous swing musician who was from the town of Turkey. Bob Wills Day, a multi-day festival in late April, along with the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest truly put Turkey on the map. If you visit the town of Turkey for either of these events, you’re sure to enjoy great live music and country cooking. Don’t leave town, however, without hitting up the oldest gem of the town, Lacy Dry Goods, which is a general store that has been in operation since 1927.
Rainbow (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Find the quaint, tiny town of Rainbow located southwest of Dallas. Rainbow was named so because there was a rainbow in the sky the day local residents gathered to choose the name of the town in 1890. Spring is the perfect time to head to Rainbow because the wildflowers are in full bloom. Only a 10-minute drive outside of Rainbow is Dinosaur Valley State Park. View some of the most well-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world at this Texas state park.
Bandera (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Bandera is known as the Texas Cowboy Capital of the World; so you’re sure to find a great “dude” ranch out here. On these ranches, live like a true cowboy by going horseback riding and eating barbecue. To learn more about this area’s history, hit up the Frontier Times Museum that showcases artifacts from the early American cowboy. Furthermore, nature lovers and birdwatchers will love exploring Bandera’s natural area known as Hill Country State Natural Area.
Chappell Hill (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Those who travel from Houston to Austin, or vice versa, have passed the tiny town of Chappell Hill found along Highway 290. Texans might recognize the name “Chappell Hill” because of the sausage brand with the same namesake. Well, the sausage comes from the town of Chappell Hill. The meat market, known as Chappell Hill Sausage Company, along with meat lovers, have brought Chappell Hill to light. Visit the town of Chappell Hill year round to eat at Chappell Hill Sausage Company’s restaurant and shop at the retail store. However every April Chappell Hill hosts the Bluebonnet Festival where there is live music, food and shopping.
Strawn (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Between Abilene and Fort Worth is the tiny town of Strawn. The town is quite picturesque since it is located in the Palo Pinto Mountains. Therefore, travelers head to Strawn for outdoor recreation. With a number of lakes in and near Strawn, along with Possum Kingdom State Park only a 40 minute drive from town, it’s a great place to enjoy Texas nature.