By Austin Cowan
Blog Content Contributor
Prayer Mountain is one of the hidden gems of the Texas Hill Country. This mountain is tucked away within a dense forest filled neighborhood and almost nobody goes there unless brought by a friend. I was brought here my freshman year of college and have since gone back to it countless times to spend time with friends, clear my head or reconnect with God. Prayer Mountain is a very special place and here are the reasons why.
Location: Prayer Mountain is located at La Toya Circle, Wimberley, TX 78676.
The first time I drove out to Prayer Mountain, I was a little unimpressed. The reason why is because the mountain is located within a neighborhood deep inside Wimberley, TX. From hearing my friends talk about the place, I had developed the impression that Prayer Mountain was in the middle of nowhere. My friends said that this is the go to place in order to “escape society,” and get back in touch with God. I was going through a rough time with school, work, a new job and family drama at the time and really needed to get back in connection with Him. However, I became afraid that with such close proximity to society that Prayer Mountain would not provide me with the “escape” I was looking for. Never before I have been so wrong.
After scaling to the top of the mountain, I found myself in one of the most serene places I have ever been to. At the top of Prayer Mountain, there is a big piece of rock, which is why some locals in Wimberley call the mountain Old Baldy (or Look Out Point.) From the top of the rock, people can see miles of valleys filled with the thick woods Wimberley is known for in every direction. While at the top of one of the highest peaks in the Texas Hill Country, I suddenly understood why my friends call this place remote. My mind found itself at ease for the first time in a while and I was able to concentrate on the important things of life: God, joy and togetherness. This place is where I go to either reconnect with God or just clear my head.
It is also fun to go to Prayer Mountain with groups of people. Friends and I from my church group go here to have worship sessions, hang out and talk about life and/or sit in hammocks. Finding people camping out on top of Prayer Mountain is not too uncommon. Keep this mountain in your back pocket next time planning day trips with friends.
Prayer Mountain may not be located in a remote location, but it feels like that to anyone who visits it. If anyone needs an escape from the world momentarily head over to Prayer Mountain, you will not be disappointed.
Featured image by Austin Cowan.