The city of Hamilton, Texas is conveniently located at the intersection of US Highway 281 and Texas State Highway 36. Seated along the Edwards Plateau, where the hill country embraces the grassy plains.
Hamilton is centrally located, only 100 miles north of Austin, south of Dallas/Fort Worth and east of Abilene. Close proximity to these metro areas ensures a consistent flow of recreational, industrial, agricultural, and commercial traffic, as travelers venture from one part of the state to another. Enticed to stop for unique shopping and dining opportunities, Hamilton has changed from a stop-along-the-way to a hill country destination.
Hamilton Municipal Airport
The Hamilton Municipal Airport is the largest in the region, with a runway reaching 5,012 feet long and plenty of ramp area. In addition to supporting private jets, the airport offers self-service fuel, Jet-A and 100LL. A courtesy car is also available 24-hours a day. Most weekends, you can find gliders leaving the airport, so pilots, students and guests can take in the beautiful hill country scenery from an alternative perspective.
Hamilton has no shortage of choices when it comes to restaurants! From American (The Grain Drafthouse & Eatery, Central Perk, Storm’s Hamburger Inc., and, Mexican (El Jardin, Frida’s Mexican Restaurant, and Taco Loco), and Italian (Giovanni’s II), you and the family will have plenty of options to choose from. You can also spend a day relaxing at Red Wing Dove Winery while snacking on locally sourced charcuterie boards and sipping on local wines.
Hamilton is known as the “Dove Capital of Texas”, which is a strong statement. Extensive wildlife such as turkeys, doves, whitetail deer and more, are just a few additional reasons why individuals visit Hamilton. Those that prefer photography keep busy all year round with breathtaking fields of bluebonnets, endless sunflowers, world record longhorns, and exquisite sunsets. The beautiful and spacious Pecan Creek Park spreads across numerous acres, providing baseball and softball fields, playgrounds, and disc golf. Hamilton City Lake provides water-based recreation for kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing and much more.
The Texas Historical Commission designated the 18-county area of Central Texas as the Texas Brazos Trail Region. Hamilton is featured on the trail because of its rich architectural history. Many of the buildings downtown feature their original limestone facades and a rare bowstring iron bridge leads pedestrians to a local nature trail for walking and running. Open Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment, the Hamilton County Historical Museum houses a collection of articles significant to Hamilton County, Indian artifacts, period clothing, World War II pictures, and much more. Housed in the former Hamilton County Jail, built in 1938, the two-story structure is adjacent to the fire station which houses a fire truck from the past. Located on the property of the museum is the new Hamilton County Veterans Memorial, dedicated in May of 2022. A beautiful memorial dedicated to honor military Veterans of Hamilton County. The Gravesite of Billy the Kid (aka “Brushy Bill”) is located in Oakwood Cemetery just north of Hamilton.
Arts & Entertainment
The Circle T Resort and Arena provides a comfortable western inn for overnight stays, stall and RV reservations, award-winning steakhouse, live music and opportunities to participate in youth and adult rodeos, including the World Series of Team Roping. Downtown Hamilton offers unique shopping and art galleries, such as the Ramsey Collection, Bill Chappell Art, Pecan Creek Outfitters, Burlap Rose, Southern Charm Boutique, Hamilton Floral and more. The Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre has regular showings of community theatre plays showing throughout the year.
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Just outside the city limits, is a 200-acre complex that is home to the Game Warden Training Center for Texas Parks and Wildlife. The facility provides the only training available to become a Game Warden or Park Police Officer. Every year, a new class of cadets graduate and join an elite group of trained conservation officers stationed throughout the state.
Standard Hamilton Events include; Dove Festival – Labor Day Weekend, and Christmas on the Square – First Saturday in December.