Dripping Springs

Rural city southwest of Austin with an active community

Welcome to Dripping Springs

The small rural town of Dripping Springs is considered the Gateway to Hill Country. It is only about 25 miles from downtown Austin, but it feels much more distant with a peaceful atmosphere surrounded by natural beauty. The rapidly growing area has a robust real estate market with increasing values, and you can experience its small-town atmosphere at many local festivals and events.


Dripping Springs is perhaps best known for its clear creeks, scenic wilderness, and rolling hills. Residents can enjoy many outdoor activities, including swimming, biking, and hiking. The beautiful setting and strong sense of community make it an attractive place to call home. It also provides a top-rated school district and a thriving economy. Dripping Springs is a place of growth, beauty, opportunity, and community.

What to Love

  • Strong, welcoming, active community
  • Surrounded by natural beauty
  • Fast-growing and thriving

Local Lifestyle

Dripping Springs has a country feel and a laid-back atmosphere. This up-and-coming, thriving city is one of the fastest-growing places in the state. Still, it has a small-town feel. Against the background of its unique history, Dripping Springs teems with plenty of parks, shopping, music, recreation, and community events. Overall, it has become one of the best places to live in Texas.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Rolling in Thyme & Dough is a cafe and bakery. Known for its fresh pastries, sandwiches, cakes, and salads, it is an excellent place for any occasion. It also functions as a professional event planner and experienced caterer. Tillie’s uses locally-sourced ingredients to make delicious seasonal meals from farm to table. It adds an international flair to traditional flavors.


Serving Italian food, wood-fired pizza, and fine wine, Trattoria Lisina has an elegant and casual vibe. Family-owned, the restaurant adds a unique spin to local fare and provides free-flowing wine. The energetic ambiance makes the restaurant ideal for intimate gatherings or private events.


A furniture and design center in a boutique style, High Cotton Home & Design is perfect for people looking to redesign their homes, furnish a room, or find a single specialty piece. The store sells unique vintage pieces and items from over a hundred furniture manufacturers. The interior design services do everything from single rooms to whole houses.

Things to Do

Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural swimming pool resting in a canyon where a 50-foot waterfall spills. A quarter-mile trail leads from the parking lot to the pool. Guided hikes take guests from the uplands to the canyon, teaching about the history of the pool and the surrounding wildlife. 


Pedernales Falls State Park covers 5,200 acres and is an excellent place for camping, swimming in the river, hiking, and horseback riding. From beautiful scenery to local plants and animals, the park jibes with the relaxing vibe of Dripping Springs.


Opened in 1976 and covering 76 acres, the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center has a wet grotto, a canyon waterfall, trails, and wildlife. Its mission is to protect and enjoy nature while inspiring others to do the same. Providing collaborative alliances, educational programs, and conservation work, the center teaches scientific concepts to 6,000 students each year.


Dripping Springs Fair and Rodeo is a yearly event with many vendors, live music, horseback riding, goat roping, and barrel racing shows that delight and excite the audience. The Wine and Food Festival features dozens of exhibits of restaurants, distilleries, wineries, and breweries; guests enjoy tastings, mixology classes, culinary demonstrations by chefs, and live music.


The largest community event in Dripping Springs is the annual Founder’s Day Festival. The three-day celebration gathers thousands of guests in the historic downtown to witness the grand parade, entertainment, and free music. More than 150 vendors and arts and crafts booths set up shop here, and there are street dances, cook-offs, drinks, and foods. 


One of the best districts in the area, the Dripping Springs Independent School District features several elementary, middle, and high schools. Students may attend:


Overview for Dripping Springs, TX

4,699 people live in Dripping Springs, where the median age is 37 and the average individual income is $50,431. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

37 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Dripping Springs, TX

Dripping Springs has 1,692 households, with an average household size of 2.73. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Dripping Springs do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,699 people call Dripping Springs home. The population density is 533.06 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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50.97 / 49.03%

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Schools in Dripping Springs, TX

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The following schools are within or nearby Dripping Springs. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Dripping Springs Elementary
PreK - 5th
Dripping Springs High School
9th - 12th
Dripping Springs Middle
6th - 8th
Walnut Springs Elementary
PreK - 5th

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