Bertram, Texas - The Official Visitor's Guide
Bertram is a charming little town of approximately 1300 people. Nowadays, the town is most famous for the annual Oatmeal Festival and for its train depot that services Burnet flyer passengers every weekend on their vintage train ride through the Hill Country. This quiet, charming little town is now known for the quality of life and strong sense of community it offers its citizens.
Below, you will find everything you need to know for your trip to Bertram, Texas, including a fully interactive map of Bertram. For visitors with GPS devices, Bertram's coordinates are: 30.743796; -98.055576
A Brief Bit of Bertram History
Bertram was founded 1882 when the Austin and Northwestern Railroad Company, was organized and chartered. Bertram prospered for a number of years with the arrival of the train depot and thriving cotton industry. The Great Depression ended the years of prosperity, and many local residents left the area. However, in recent years, the community began rebounding and restored its historic train depot that serves as an entry portal for weekend visitors taking the vintage steam train to the town.
San Gabriel River Inn
8327 CR 210, Bertram, Texas 78605
Sophistication meets western chic - renovated cabin on working ranch. Private porch with rockers & hot tub. Queen bedroom/queen sofa sleeper accommodates up to 4. Ask about our pet friendly policy.
The closest golf courses to Bertram are Delaware Springs, an 18-hole championship golf course and the Highland Lakes Golf Club, a 9-hole golf course on Inks Lake.
For additional information on several other golf courses within driving distance from Bertram, see our page on Texas Hill Country Golf Courses.
Bertram is near the top end of the Texas Wine Trail. The following wineries and vineyards are located within driving distance of Bertram.
For wineries located south of Bertram, see our page on wineries around Marble Falls.
Heart of Texas Wine Tours
(512) 755-0937 Tour Texas Hill Country wineries and vineyards in comfort, and with knowledgeable local wine tour guides at the wheel. Gather your friends, family, or special groups like bridesmaids or class reunion groups. You’ll enjoy just sitting back and relaxing in this elegant and safe way to tour while you learn about Texas wines. To reserve your tour of the Texas Hill Countries best Wineries and vineyards call (512) 755-0937. Great memories are only a phone call away!
Fall Creek Vineyards
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-4; Sat. 11-5; Sun 12-4
325-379-5361 or 512-476-4477
1820 CR 222
Tow, Texas 78672
65-acre estate winery on the northwest shore of Lake Buchanan. French tradition combined with California technology creates premium, award-winning wines. Open for complimentary tours and wine tasting. Take FM 2241 northeast, 2.2 mi. past Tow.
Texas Legato Winery
Hours: Fri-Sat 10-6; Sun 12-5
2935 Hwy 1478
Lampasas, Texas 76550
Pillar Bluff Vineyards
Hours: Fri-Sat 10-5; Sun 12:30-5
300 CR 111
Lampasas, Texas 76550
Pillar Bluff Vineyards feels that truly memorable wines are those that gain complexity with time and judicious care. The grape varieties and blending designs produce a memorable Texas Wine that will stand eye to eye with any competitor from any nation. Our quantities may not keep up with demand, but the quality will always be there.
Alamosa Wine Cellars
Hours: Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5, or by appt.
677 CR 430
Bend, Texas 76824
Strives to grow the best grapes suited for the vineyards soil and climate. Varietals are from the southern European vineyards of Tuscany, Rioja and the Rhone Valley, regions with conditions similar to the Hill Country.
There are a number of state parks within a short distance of Bertram. Whether your goal to find a park for hiking, boating or picnicking, you’ll be able to find a park that meets your needs within a short distance.
Balcones Canyon Lands National Wildlife Refuge
The Balcones Canyon Lands National Wildlife Refuge is a popular destination for people visiting Bertram. The park's primary purpose is in protecting endangered area birds including the Golden Cheeked Warbler and the Black Capped Vireo. This park has hiking trails, an observation deck, and regular events which you can find by visiting their web site.
|Balcones Canyon Lands Web Site|
Burnet County Park
Located off FM 2341 on the east side of Lake Buchanan, about mid-lake. Burnet County Park is open all year and there are no fees for visiting the park.
Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park, Lake Buchanan
NE on Lake Buchanan, 900 acre nature park. Stargazing observatory, beaches, camping, hiking, marina, RV sites, & well appointed cabins. On site restaurant & camp store. Weddings, reunions, & retreat groups welcome. Ask about day use and seasonal events.
Colorado Bend State Park/Gorman Falls & Cave
Bend, TX 76824
North of Lake Buchanan, 5328-acre facility that was once a fish camp. Primitive hiking, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, birding, nature watching, & guided tours. 15.8 miles of hiking trails/14 miles of mountain bike trails. When Lake Buchanan is near normal levels, the river is navigable from the park's boat ramp to Lake Buchanan, approximately 10 miles. This trip is on slow moving water through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado.
|Texas State Parks/Colorado Bend Park website|
Enchanted Rock State Park
1643 acres on Big Sandy Creek, approximately 45 minutes SE of Burnet County, between Gillespie/Llano Counties. Primitive backpacking, hiking, picnicking, geological study, birding, & star gazing. Park resources are protected by law. Rock climbers must check in at headquarters before climbing the 425' granite dome revered by Native Americans as sacred ground.
|Texas State Parks/Enchanted Rock Park website|
Denney Ranch 2 Preserve. Burnet
10215 FM 963
Burnet, TX 78611-7339
96-acre family owned/operated ranch & nature preserve. Enjoy bird watching, photography on neatly groomed trails. Other nature related expeditions such as fossil & native plant education tours available by appointment.
Longhorn Caverns State Park, Burnet
512-756-6976 or 877-441-CAVE
Burnet, Texas 78611
Stay a cool 68 degrees year round!
Open daily except Christmas. 85 minute tour over 1 1/4 miles of underground caverns. Picnic areas, hiking trails, gift shop & deli lunch counter. Admission. A favorite field trip for schools, & civic groups. Unique setting for weddings, reunions and retreats! For the more adventurous spelunkers, call 512-756-4680 & ask about the Wild Cave Tours.
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|Longhorn Caverns Web Site|
The annual Oatmeal Festival began in 1977 as a spoof of the large number of chili festivals that were held by small towns attempting to draw in visitors. Bertram had been left off the map by the state map-makers, so the good natured townspeople of Bertram created this humorous way to get back on the map! This fun festival has stood the test of time, and is now a strongly rooted community event that takes place every year the weekend before Labor Day. Festivities include a delicious barbeque, games, fun run, Ms. Oatmeal pageant, community parade and pet parade. In addition to giving folks a reason to have a good time, the event is a solid fundraiser for community projects and scholarships.
On Sundays, the Bertram Flyer Steam Train chugs into town for a visit to the carefully restored train depot. The train ride is a three hour round-trip is a real treat as passengers step back in railroad time!
For budding ranch hands, Colbert Ranch offers 1 ½ horseback trail rides and ½ day ranch experience excursions in a beautiful Hill Country setting.
Below is a map of Bertram, Texas and the lodging and attractions available there. You can zoom in and out or move around this map using your cursor. To view the information for a location or business, just click on its icon.
Be sure to get directions to any of these locations from the businesses themselves. Do not rely on these map markers as many of them only show the general location of the lodging properties.
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Please feel free to contact any of these Bertram, Texas government offices with any questions you may have.
Couldn't find what you were looking for in our Guide to Bertram, Texas? Check out what the other cities in Burnet County have to offer. Visit our travel guides for Burnet, Granite Shoals, Kingsland, Marble Falls, and Spicewood.
If you'd prefer a lakeside vacation, see our travel guides for Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, and Lake Travis.
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