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VANDERPOOL, TEXAS

Close to Utopia

Bandera County, Hill Country
FM337 & Highway 187
On the Sabinal River
10 miles N of Utopia
19 miles N of Sabinal
17 miles E of Leakey
30 miles W of Bandera
43 miles SW of Kerrville
80 miles W of San Antonio
Population: 20 est.

Vanderpool, Texas Area Hotels:
Bandera Hotels
Kerrville Hotels
Texas scenic drive FM337
FM337 to Vanderpool

TE Photo, 6-01
Vanderpool is one of those rare places where you can get away from the world and still be in Texas. We would call it the "Crossroads of Western Bandera County" but you might get the idea there's a lot of traffic through here. There isn't.


History in a Pecan Shell

The first settlers of the Sabinal Valley date to the early 1850s. Comanche misbehavior in the 1860s caused the settlers to rethink their plans, and it wasn't until 1886 that the town got a post office.

The Sabinal Valley had been home at various times to several Indian tribes and the fact that Apaches made villages, attests to the desirability of the location.

The rugged terrain and natural protection afforded the Indians, made this one of the last parts of Texas to be settled. A grave in nearby Leakey cemetery shows the last Indian attack there to be in 1881.

It had been known as Bugscuffle, and indeed - there was a Bugscuffle school. The first postmaster had the much more dignified name of L. B. Vanderpool, and decided for the sake of future generations to rename the town after himself.
Scenic drive FM377 to Vanderpool
A view from FM337 near Vanderpool
TE Photo, 6-01
Vanderpool cemetery, Texas
The Vanderpool Cemetery
TE photo, 6-01

Vanderpool Area Attractions & Destinations

  • Birding - Green Kingfisher is seen year-round, and the entire area is a great birding destination.
  • Scenic Drive - FM337
    Vanderpool provides a nice place to stop if you've driven FM 337 in from Medina. FM 337 is really the only way to enter Vanderpool - it's consistently rated one of the top ten scenic drives in the state.
  • Garner State Park
    Take 337 West 17 miles to Leakey. From here head south on 83 through the Frio River Canyon to Garner State Park.
  • Lost Maples State Natural Area
    Go North on 187 to Lost Maples State Natural Area. Besides the bigtooth maples there’s a forest of sycamores thriving on the waters of the Sabinal River. Fall foliage makes this area a must for return visits when the color peaks (usually) in early November.
  • Vanderpool, Texas
    Area Destinations:

    Utopia
    Sabinal
    Leakey
    Bandera
    Kerrville
    San Antonio
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