Hustle and bustle can be nice every once in a while, but sometimes we all need a break. As one of the fastest-growing cities in America, Austin can become overwhelming at times. Thankfully, there are still some slow-paced small towns near the capital city that know how to keep life simple. These small towns around Austin, Texas, are loaded with charm, gorgeous scenery, and friendly faces.

Have you visited any of these small towns near Austin? Did we miss any of your favorite little locales in this part of the Lone Star State? Share them with us in the comments below — we are always excited to explore new Texas towns! Tiny towns have some of the best diners, too. If you’re ever in Elgin, be sure to swing by this small-town restaurant.

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Small Towns Near Austin

What are some small towns near Austin with walkable downtowns?

Texas is a big and sprawling state, but luckily, our small towns feel incredibly cozy and accessible. There are lots of small towns where, once you arrive, you won't even need a car to get around (though you might see folks using alternative methods of transportation in these little locales!). For example, Lockhart, Texas, is a small town near Austin that is incredibly walkable and pedestrian friendly. A 30-minute drive from ATX, Lockhart, Texas, is full of historic buildings and friendly faces and feels worlds away from this bustling Texas hub. In addition to cool historic points of interest around town -- the Caldwell County Courthouse was built in 1894 -- Lockhart is known as one of the premier BBQ destinations in all of Texas! With four delicious barbecue restaurants in close range, Lockhart is proudly considered the "barbecue capital of Texas." Kreuz Barbeque, Smitty's Market, Chisholm Trail Barbecue, and Black's Barbecue can all be found within a stone's throw from each other and the walk to each of these destinations is short and sweet (and recommended, because you will certainly need to walk off some of those brisket sandwiches in-between dining destinations!). Of course, Lockhart is just one of many small towns near Austin with delightful downtown districts; Fredericksburg is another must-visit that's especially beautiful during bluebonnet season!