Early, TX 76803
Settled near the center of Texas, Early is home to a thriving hunting and fishing scene, sunny days on a scenic lake, and a full calendar’s worth of family-friendly events.
This welcoming town is on the Heart of Texas East Wildlife Trail, the Texas Forts Trail, and the Way Out Wineries Trail, making it the perfect road trip destination for a weekend exploring The Lone Star State.
There are many reasons to visit Early, and the outdoors is one of them. Relax on Lake Brownwood, where the wildlife is abundant, the water is cool, and the sunsets are stunning. Enjoy live music and great food at Wild Duck Marina and take a hike at Lake Brownwood State Park.
Rent fishing gear and try your luck at hooking a catfish or a largemouth or white bass, or go kayaking, boating, or water skiing on the lake.
For on-land adventure, the lake’s 100 miles of shoreline offer plenty of space for picnicking and birdwatching. Take in the tranquil setting as you paddle along the Pecan Bayou Paddling Trail, a four-mile loop trail that takes you through a pecan orchard. If you’re a hunter, Early’s deer leases and guided hunts give you the chance to bag a white-tailed deer, turkey, quail, dove, hog, and exotic animals like antelope and elk.
When you visit Early, you can’t miss the Spirit of Texas Winery, the only winery in the county. Settle into the rustic tasting room as you sip and savor your pick from a selection of award-winning wines, such as a dry rose and a red blend made with grapes harvested from the Texas Hill Country and High Plains, respectively. Kick back and enjoy good wine and great company, play games like giant Jenga and washers, and stick around for some live music. There’s more live entertainment to be had at the historic Lyric Theatre, which hosts plays, musicals, and other performances. Drop by the Lehnis Railroad Museum to discover the region’s railroad history, watch running model trains, and even ride on a mini train, and take in some local lore at the Brown County Museum of History.
Looking for an ideal way to start your getaway? Book your stay at The Hideout Golf Club & Resort. Unwind in one of the well-appointed rooms in the lodge or treat yourself to a private stay in a cozy cabin. Start your day with a cup of coffee on your private porch and spend the afternoon wandering scenic trails, playing through a picturesque 18-hole golf course, or relaxing by the swimming pool. Once the sun sets, get your fill at The Hideout Grill and gather around a fire pit for s’mores under the stars.
Time your visit just right and you’ll be here for one of the town’s main annual events. The largest festival in Early, the Early, Texas, Showcase (September), features cook-offs; horseshoe, washer, and cornhole contests; baseball and softball tournaments; a vast Midway with food vendors and fun rides; and a special fireworks show and concert. There are more than 50 festivals and sporting events held in Early throughout the year, including Stagecoach Market Days (October) and the Wild Duck Marina Firework Bash (July).
When you’re looking for an escape to the beautiful center of Texas, find your way to Early. Plan your visit here.
Early, TX 76803