Marble Falls is located roughly 50 miles northeast of Austin along the banks of Lake Marble Falls, part of the Highland Lakes chain – lakes formed by dams along the Colorado River. The lake, which covers more than 600 acres, contains several species of fish, including largemouth bass, striped bass, sunfish, and catfish.
Founded in 1887, Marble Falls was first settled by a Civil War veteran named Adam Rankin “Stovepipe” Johnson, who had dreams of building an industrial city on the river. The city is probably most noted for Ophelia Crosby “Birdie” Harwood, however – she was the nation’s first female mayor, elected in 1917 – three years before women were allowed to vote.
When you choose your Marble Falls apartment to rent, you’ll find a great historic downtown, which is home to plenty of shops, restaurants, festivals, a theater, and a farmer’s market. With historical architecture, period lighting, and wide sidewalks, this is a great place to spend an afternoon.
Tourists come to enjoy the beautiful landscape, the wineries, the golf courses, the spas, and (of course) the lake. Attractions include the Falls on the Colorado Museum, the Exotic Resort Zoo, Inc., the Commemorative Air Force Museum, Fort Croghan Museum, Granite Mountain, and the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.
From your new Marble Falls apartment, head over to Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve, a historic swimming hole complete with a 50-foot waterfall. This stunning location will quickly become a favorite. Activities include guided tours, hiking, picnicking, and swimming. If you enjoy camping, Krause Springs features 32 natural springs, an RV park, and campgrounds.
Looking for a chill? Visit the Dead Man’s Hole – a natural sink hole that became notorious during the Civil War era, when it was used as a dumping ground for the bodies of murdered and lynched men. A total of 17 bodies have been recovered from Dead Man’s Hole.