Luling is conveniently located in the heart of Texas at the crossroads of US 90 & 183, Texas 80 & 86, and Interstate 10. Less than an hour from San Antonio and Austin, Luling sits at the southern edge of Caldwell County on the San Marcos River.
A friendly, quiet central Texas community, rich in history and Texas pride, Luling is renowned for its barbecue, rich oil history, decorated pump jacks, farmer’s market, fresh produce and plants, abundant watermelons, and Texas’ first inland canoe paddling trail on the San Marcos River. When asked about their experience while visiting Luling, travelers invariably start with smile and a remark about all the welcoming, friendly folks they’ve met.
Luling is home to the world famous Watermelon Thump, held the last full weekend of June. You can explore and learn about oil heritage at The Central Texas Oil Patch Museum. The Luling Foundation Farm, an 1,122-acre working experimental agricultural farm plays an important role in the success of farming and ranching in the area. The Luling Municipal Golf Course offers a challenging nine holes meandering along the San Marcos River.
Our unique shops and variety of restaurants attract visitors year round. We boast Reader’s Digest pick for the best ribs in the country. Our annual events, such as Night In Old Luling held the second Saturday in October, the Rough Neck Chili & Barbecue Cook Off held the first Saturday in April, and our annual Arts & Crafts Show held each Thanksgiving Saturday attract visitors from around the state.
Also located on the banks of the San Marcos River is the historic Zedler Mill, currently under renovation by the city of Luling. It is the take out point for Texas’ first inland paddling trail. As the popularity of the Zedler Mill grows, it is becoming a destination for movie making such as the two recent projects by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.
Wildflowers are abundant on the highways and byways around town during spring and summer. Palmetto State Park, located six miles southeast of Luling, is an unusual natural area where the ranges of many eastern and western plant species merge. A diversity of wildlife, including approximately 250 species of birds, has been observed within the park. Hiking, camping, bird watching, nature study, and photography are among the activities that attract guests from around the country. Palmetto State Park was recently named one of Texas Monthly’s top ten hiking destinations in the state.
Luling Area Chamber of Commerce
421 E. Davis Street
830-875-3214 x 1