I consider Junction to be on the western edge of the Hill Country, though a clear definition of the boundaries of this area differ from person to person. But it does have many of what I consider Hill Country landmarks: hilly country, limestone cliffs, spring-fed streams, a ranching culture, and lots of wildlife, among others.
The population of the town is approaching 4,000, and there are various types of accommodation available for visitors. I've always found the restaurants to be quite good -- nothing fancy, mind you, but just solid good food with BBQ, Mexican, and fast food available. Boating, swimming, and fishing are popular on both the North and South Llano Rivers, which merge in Junction, thus giving the town its name. Hunting is also a major attraction. Several major highways merge in Junction, including Interstate 10, US Highway 83, and US Highway 377.
|Loop 481 bridge crossing the South Llano River on the east side of downtown Junction. Picture taken from a scenic overlook just east of the river along Loop 481.|
|Entrance to Texas Tech University at Junction|
Junction has a lovely city park on both banks of the South Llano River near downtown just before it merges with the North Llano River. It's a great place to spend the day and is within walking distance of downtown and the Kimble County Historical Museum.
|Dam on South Llano River near downtown Junction. Bridge in picture above is same as in first picture. Park area is on both sides of river, and downtown is in background near water tower.|
|South Llano River winds through limestone hills near a ranch.|
|South Llano River south of Junction|
|One of two low-water crossings over the South Llano River south of Junction.|