Things To See & Do
The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce enjoys the unique benefit of being able to describe our city as being the best of both worlds. Although it may sound like something straight out of the basic chamber of commerce manual, the claim is true. We do have an ideal and enviable situation in Harker Heights. Located in the beautiful hill country of Central Texas, Harker Heights provides a multitude of outdoor activities for its residents.
From shopping and dining to sports and recreation, residents of Harker Heights have an abundance of activities to choose from, all within their own backyard or within a few hours drive. It is perhaps this variety and the convenient location that draws people to this invigorating community.
The Carl Levin City Park is a new arrival to our beautiful city. With playground areas, basketball courts, a pool, recreation paths, a fishing pond, picnic areas and a gazebo, there is plenty to offer for everyone. The park is located off of 2410 right behind City Hall.
With the completion of the 2002 Harker Heights Recreation Center, the Parks and Recreation Department offers an abundance of indoor programs — including youth and adult basketball, volleyball, aerobics, yoga, kickboxing, cheer camps and gymnastics. The Recreation Center staff offers numerous special programs throughout the year — including annual fun runs, a fishing derby, Star Fest, Santa in the Park, an Easter egg hunt and summer concerts.
A hot spot for the avid seeker of fun and excitement is Stillhouse Hollow Lake and Dam. It provides activities for all seasons. Typical lakeside recreation includes water-skiing, fishing, camping and boating. And, due to the area’s mild winters, sailing is possible year round.
Stillhouse Hollow has seven different parks and recreation areas for the community to enjoy: Union Grove Park, Stillhouse Park, River’s Bend Park, Overlook Park, Dana Peak Park, Cedar Gap Park and Chalk Ridge Falls Park. Each facility includes some or all of the following: restrooms, showers, drinking water, picnic facilities, group picnic facilities, camping, trailer parking, electrical outlets, dump stations, fishing and bait supplies, boat ramps, storage and rentals, nature trails, snack bar, hiking, biking and horse trails and swimming beaches.
Fort Hood Recreation Area is one of the most popular recreation areas on Belton Lake. Also known as BLORA (Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area), civilians as well as the military are welcome.
If hunting is more your game, Stillhouse Hollow offers mourning dove, quail and waterfowl. At nearby Fort Hood, over 190,000 acres of hunting ground is available for those with a state license and a Fort Hood permit. Deer, turkey, squirrel, quail, dove and duck hunting is permitted on the installation.
Perhaps one of the biggest advantages to living in Central Texas is its close proximity to some of Texas’ most popular tourist attractions. You can take a day trip north to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where you can visit Six Flags Over Texas, take a dip at Hurricane Harbor, attend the State Fair or tour the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Metroplex also holds a variety of professional sporting events — including baseball, football, basketball, hockey and golf.
Traveling south of Harker Heights, Austin (the State of Texas capital) provides another opportunity for entertainment and education, as well as exploration of the state’s natural beauty. The scenic view of the hill country alone is worth the trip. Austin offers an array of malls and shopping centers, museums and, of course, the State Capital building where one can tour and learn about state government.
Drive only an hour further south on I-35 and a splashing good time can be had at Schlitterbahn Water Amusement Park in New Braunfels. After you’ve dried off, it’s only another half an hour until you reach San Antonio, home of the Alamo, where the state’s Spanish influences can still be felt. Meander through the ever-popular San Antonio Riverwalk amidst giant cypress trees, palms, tropical foliage and flowering shrubs. Visit the side-walk cafés, boutiques, cabarets and dining establishments. San Antonio is also home to the Seaworld theme park, which combines Mexican, Spanish and German heritages for a multi-cultural atmosphere and fun time.
Harker Heights really is Right in the Middle of Where You Want to Be!