Hill Country
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 20
Vanderpool, Texas
Vanderpool Texas History:
The Sabinal Valley was first settled in the 1850s but was initially abandoned in the late 1860s due to Comanche raids. The townsite is located on land originally given to Jose Texaso by the Republic of Texas. The land was later owned by Gideon Thompson and Henry Taylor. Taylor donated land for a school, churches and a cemetery. The town was originally named Bugscuffle but was renamed Vanderpool after the town’s first postmaster. The post office was established in 1886, closed in 1889, and reopened in 1902. The town’s population was always low. Hunting and tourism from the Lost Maples State Natural Area are the area’s primary industry. The Vanderpool area is a great birding area. The green kingfisher is seen year-round. It is also a popular area for motorcyclists and bikers. Vanderpool is located on the Sabinal River at the intersection of RR 337 and RR 187, 5 miles south of the Lost Maples State Natural Area, 56 miles northeast of Uvalde, 37 miles northeast of Camp Wood, 33.5 miles northeast of Concan, 16.4 miles northeast of Leakey, 71 miles southeast of Rocksprings, 44 miles southwest of Kerrville, 39 miles southwest of Hunt, 20.5 miles southwest of Medina, 33.8 miles west of Bandera, 10.6 miles north of Utopia, and 54 miles northwest of Medina Lake and Lakehills, Texas.
Lone Star Motorcycle Museum, Vanderpool:
The museum displays motorcycles from around the world dating from as early as 1910, including many Vincents (including a 1955 Vincent Black Night) and British bikes. The Ace Café sells hamburgers, their famous Aussie meat pies, salads, cold drinks and desserts. An admission fee applies to the museum; no admission fee applies to the café. Open March through November, Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm. The Café is open 10am-3pm. (830) 966-6103. The museum is located 1 mile south of Lost Maples State Natural Area, and 4 miles north of Vanderpool at 36517 SH 187 North, Vanderpool, Texas.  Email
Annual Bow Hunters of Texas Hill Country Shoot-Out, 2nd Weekend in Apr:
This event is held at the Bugscuffle Ranch on RR 337, west of Vanderpool. Click on the above link for current contacts.
Cancelled for 2018
Annual Nature Quest Festival in Utopia TX, End of April:
Activities include wildlife and plant workshops led by experts, information on creating a backyard wildlife habitat, field trips, kayaking, a bat tour and other programs. This event is sponsored by the Hill Country Nature Center. (830) 966-2320. The Center is located on FM 1050, 10 miles west of Utopia, and 5 miles east of Garner State park. Email
Annual Utopia Park & Arena Events, Utopia Texas:
Utopia Park and community square were donated to the Utopia Park Board Association in the 1920s. The organization operates as a non-profit and manages the park. The park is funded by donations and camping fees. Amenities include an arena, tent campsites, RV campsites, shaded and screened shelters, BBQ pits, water and electric hookups, and restrooms with showers. The park hosts several annual events. The Ranch Rodeo is held Memorial Day Sunday, and features the Ranch Rodeo, live music, a dance, and concessions. The Utopia Open Rodeo is held the 4th weekend in June. The 4th of July Celebration features concessions, and fireworks followed by a dance. 241 Utopia Park Road, Utopia, Texas. Vanderpool is located 10.6 miles northwest of Utopia, Texas.  Current Contacts   Facebook
Nov 1-4, 2018
Annual UtopiaFest Music and Art Festival in Utopia Texas, Fall:
Tickets are limited to 1,500 so purchase tickets early. This two day camp out festival takes place in a natural amphitheater on the 1,000 acre Four Sisters Ranch located between Garner State Park (Concan) and Lost Maples at Vanderpool. World touring bands provide a variety of music genres including rock, bluegrass, Americana, Indie, folk, Latin, and Japanese punk. Other activities include morning yoga, disc golf, art and jewelry vendors, hot air balloon rides and more. (512) 291-6991. Four Sisters Ranch is located at 1555 Lemond Road, Utopia, Texas. Email 
Annual Utopia Fall Fair Arts & Crafts Guild Show, 1stSaturday in Nov:
This event features food vendors, live, a silent auction, a benefit plate lunch, and more than 70 arts and crafts vendors. This event is held in the downtown plaza in Utopia.
Imagine Lavender Farm, Vanderpool:
The farm offers three varieties of “pick your own lavender” during the season (April-June) and sells lavender products. They also sell their lavender products online, at the Pearl Farmers’ Market in San Antonio, at The Vintage 205 in Johnson City, at the Bean and Biscuit in Blanco, and at the Pearl Brewery’s Saturday Farmer’s Market in San Antonio at 200 East Grayson Street, San Antonio, TX 78215. (830) 966-5105. The farm is located at 17582 FM 337 East, Vanderpool, Texas 78885.  Email
Lost Maples Winery, Vanderpool:
The tasting room is open Wed-Fri, 1pm-6pm; Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, 12pm-6pm. (830) 966-5131. 34986 FM 187, Vanderpool, Texas.
Hill Country Cellars Winery, Bandera:
The wine tasting room is open Tue-Thu, 2pm-8pm; Fri-Sat, 1pm-10pm. (830) 796-3236. 3540 SH 16, Suite 2D, Bandera.  Reviews
The Laurel Tree, Utopia, Texas:
This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner on Saturdays. The gourmet menu changes weekly; only the freshest ingredients are used. Lunch is priced at $18. The 5 course dinner costs $35; choose between two main courses. Amenities include fresh flowers, candlelight, and garden or fireside seating. Bring your own wine. Call for reservations. (830) 966-5444. 18956 North FM 187. The restaurant is located 2.5 miles south of Utopia, and 18 miles north of Sabinal, Texas.  Reviews
Lost Maples Café, Utopia, Texas:
The movie “Seven Days in Utopia” was shot at the café. They serve wonderful homemade pies and other menu items. (830) 966-2221. 384 FM 187 (Main Street), Utopia.  Reviews
Saint Jo’s Picnic Food Truck, Utopia:
They serve delicious foods including pizza with a Mexican twist, jalapeno cheese fries, Caesar salad, homemade breads, hamburgers, fried chicken and more. (830) 275-3989. 658 Main Street, Utopia.  Reviews
The Lunch Box, Utopia:
They serve very good tacos, hamburgers, sandwiches and other menu items, and have a salad bar. (830) 966-4030. 406 North Main Street, Utopia.  Reviews 
Bent Rim Grill, Leakey, TX:
The Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop is located here. Readers of Texas Ride magazine have 4 times selected the store as the #1 hangout for bikers. The Grill is located on the Three Sisters (Twisted) Scenic motorcycle ride. They serve great hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches and other menu items. Open daily, 10am-5pm. (830) 232-6649. The restaurant is located at 657 RR 337, 0.5 miles west of U.S. 83. Reviews 
Circle of Friend's Catering and Restaurant, Leakey, Texas:
They serve wonderful food including pies, chicken fried chicken, grilled fish, fries, club sandwiches and more. (830) 279-6527. 153 South U.S. 83, Leakey.  Reviews
Mama Chole's Mexican Restaurant, Leakey:
They serve very good Mexican food. (830) 232-6111. 234 U.S. 83 North, Leakey.  Reviews
Chicken Earl’s, Leakey:
They serve great fried chicken. Open Tuesdays and Fridays. (830) 232-5001. 703 South U.S. 83, Leakey.  Reviews   
Taqueria San Juan, Leakey:
This taco stand serves very good breakfast tacos and other tacos. (830) 232-5388. 448 Market Street, Leakey.