Marble Falls, Texas


First, the bad news.  You’re not going to find a beautiful waterfall, cascading over sparkling marble rock, in Marble Falls, Texas.  The town’s namesake falls were flooded long ago, when Lake Marble Falls was formed.

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Now, the good news.  You *will* get to enjoy Lake Marble Falls, part of a chain of lakes known as the Highland Lakes.  The lake is the town’s most prominent feature, and a big tourist draw.  Take a look at it from Marble Falls Lakeside Park, which is easy to find.  As you enter town on US 281, a big bridge will take you over the lake.  As soon as you’ve crossed the bridge, take a left, and wander around until you make it down to the shore.

From the park, Buena Vista Drive turns into Main Street, which parallels US 281 until you arrive downtown.

Marble Falls’ business district is small but tidy.

 The middle of Main Street is decorated with art sculptures (on display for a year, then new works take their place)…

… but the most noticeable piece of public art calls for an oversized fly swatter.   This giant dragonfly is stuck to the side of the wall at the Uptown Marble Theatre.

According to the River Cities Daily Tribune, the dragonfly has a 13-foot wingspan, and weighs about 250 pounds.  It was created by El Paso artist Julio Sanchez DeAlba.

On your way out of Marble Falls, take 10th Street (Ranch Road 1431) eastbound. It will take you through a nice section of protected land in the Texas Hill Country, Balcones Canyonlands (our next stop).

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