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Driftwood is an unincorporated area in northern Hays County, southwest of the outskirts of Austin and north of San Marcos. It is estimated that between 2,000-3,000 people live in the general area. Driftwood originally was established by settlers in the late 1800s, eventually becoming a small town with its own post office. It has remained small, however, and, as such, the natural surroundings offer a hill country lifestyle relatively close to Austin. Many Austinites are familiar with the area because of the popular Salt Lick Restaurant, and new developments such as the Duchman Family Winery and Trattoria Lisina restaurant are promising to keep the area well known to Austinites.


Driftwood is 24 miles to Downtown Austin and about 15 minutes to Southwest Austin, which offers a multitude of conveniences. It is near the intersection of RM 1826, FM 150, and FM 967. Driftwood is in zip code 78619.


Depending on where a residence is located, students in Driftwood may be in the Dripping Springs Independent School District, the Hays Independent School District, or the Wimberley Independent School District.

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Driftwood Amenities

Camp Ben McCullough – On FM 1826 along Onion Creek, Camp Ben McCullough is a picnic, camping, and event site with several large, open-air covered pavilions. Camp Ben McCullough began in 1896 as a reunion camp for Confederate Army veterans. Thousands attended for decades until 1946, when it transitioned to a location for annual meetings of the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy. The site has beautiful trees and a popular swimming area.

Shopping and Restaurants

The Salt Lick is known as one of the best barbecue restaurants around and has won countless “Best Barbecue” awards and appeared on dozens of national television shows, such as on The Food Network. The Salt Lick also offers live music, plus wedding and event venues.

Trattoria Lisina is an Italian bistro on the Mandola Estate designed to provide the feel of a Tuscan get-away, with views of the hill country and a 20-acre vineyard. It offers authentic Italian food and local wines, and it is available for events. The Mandola Winery was sold and became Duchman Family Winery.

Driftwood Estate Winery offers wine tastings and tours and a 1,100 square foot deck overhanging a bluff and overlooking the hill country and vineyard.

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