Edwards Plateau and Llano Uplift

Texas Ecoregion

Project by Caleb Segers

period 6

12-6-14

Come visit the Edwards Plateau and Llano Uplift Ecoregion of Texas! The Edwards Plateau and Llano Uplift is located in west-central Texas. There are a lot of things to do, see, and learn while here. Plus, there are plenty of fun and interesting places to go.

history

The Edwards Plateau got its name from Haden Harrison Edwards, who brought 800 families to Texas in1825. He is also the namesake for Edwards County, which is one of 40 counties that make up the Edwards Plateau.

The area consists of many caves, savannas, grazing regions, with many rivers running throughout. The caves are mostly limestone and serve as homes for many forms of wildlife, including Mexican free-tailed bats, cattle, sheep, Angora goats, reptiles, and birds. Of these birds, is the Golden-cheeked Warbler.

Native Americans were the first to call this Texas Ecoregion home. The area was host to several tribes including the Jumano. Coahuiltecan, Apacheria, Lipan and Mescalero Apaches, the Comanche, and the Penateka band of the Southern Comanche.

historical places

Be sure to soak up some Texas history while visiting the Edwards Plateau and Llano Uplift Ecoregion. The Alamo, Fort Marin Scott, Caso Navarro State Historic Site, and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park are a must on your list.

outdoor activities

You'll never run out of things to do with the numerous outdoor activities to enjoy in the Ecoregion. Some of those activities include: hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, caving, camping, rock climbing, off roading, swimming, picnicking, biking, golfing, horseback riding, star gazing, wildlife viewing, and volunteering. There is enough variety to suit any personality!

state parks

Don't forget to check out the state parks in the Edwards Plateau and Llano Uplift. There are so many to choose from, that you and your family can come back for years to come and see something new with each visit! Some of these state parks are South Llano River State Park, Gamer State Park, Blanco State Park, Old Tunnel State Park, Buescher State Park, Lost Maples State National Area, Colorado Bend State Park, Meridian State Park, San Angelo State Park, and Big Spring State Park.

National parks

How many places can you visit with not only one, but two National Parks? I don't know, but I know yo can do it here! The two National Parks are Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and Amistad National Recreational Area.

sight seeing

As if you haven't had the best, most action-packed, fun-filled vacation ever... there's still more! There are many sites left to see in the Edwards Plateau and Llano Uplift. Some of these places are Enchanted Rock, Austin Zoo, Schlitterbahn water park, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Great Grape Stomp, The Alamo, The Devils Sinkhole, Outlet Shopping in San Marcos, and the Braken Cave.

lakes, bodies of water

The Edwards Plateau and Llano Uplift has multiple bodies of water. These bodies of water are Medina River, Brady Creek Reservoir, Canyon Lake, Buchanan Lake, Inks Lake, Lyndon B. Johnson Lake, Marble Falls, Colorado River, Travis Lake, Austin Lake, Lady Bird Lake, Walter E. Long Lake, Lake Georgetown, Granger Lake, Llano River, Blanco River, Calaveras River, Olmos Lake, Victor L. Buchanan River, Comal River, Frio River, Guadalupe River, James River, Lampasas River, Leona River, Nueces River, Pedernales River, Sabinal River, San Antonio River, San Saba River San Gabriel River, and San Marcos River.

Come to Texas

So, the next time you are planning a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, think Edward's Plateau & Llano Uplift. It has something fun for everyone!