Burleson County, Texas

Burleson County residents enjoy a combination of wide-open spaces and excellent proximity to the Bryan – College Station area. Residents of this south-central Texas County live among rolling hills, creeks, lakes and oak groves. Fewer than 20,000 county residents share 677 sq-mi southwest of Texas A&M University's main campus. Anglo-American settlement of the area commenced in the 1830s, and Burleson County was founded in 1846. It is named for Gen. Edward Burleson, known for his role in the Texas Revolution.

Parks and Recreation

Residents enjoy the many recreational opportunities on and around Lake Somerville, a sprawling reservoir found along the southern boundary of the county. Large beaches make it easy for swimmers and sunbathers to stake out their own stretch of sand.

Campers enjoy spacious facilities like the swimmers do. The seven parks scattered around the lake can accommodate hundreds of campers at any one time. Stretching along the northern shore of the reservoir is Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway. Visitors enjoy more than 20 miles of trails that are popular with hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

The the state park consists of two units – Birch Creek and Nails Creek. Both units offer kayak and canoe rentals. It's even possible to rent basketballs, volleyballs, horseshoes and badminton equipment. They are connected by the Lake Somerville Trailway and its 13 miles of trails, popular with those interested in anything from birding to mountain biking.

Anglers easily access Lake Somerville from their choice of 11 boat ramps. Although trophy largemouth bass are a key attraction, the lake also offers an abundance of white bass, hybrid striped bass, crappie, bluegills and perch. Those that enjoy tangling with big catfish will find everything from flatheads to channel cats to blue catfish in the lake. One lucky angler pulled a record 94.5-lb blue catfish out of Lake Somerville. Both largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass also get quite large in Lake Somerville. Record fish include a 12-lb hybrid bass and a 13.6-lb largemouth bass.

Caldwell’s Davidson Creek Park is a richly appointed facility. Younger visitors frolick on the splashpad during warm summer days. They’ll also enjoy the slides and swings. It is also possible to play many sports at the park, like volleyball, basketball, baseball, soccer and horseshoes. If you prefer, bring your fishing gear or enjoy an invigorating stroll along the hiking trail.

Copperas Hollow Country Club is a nine hole layout enjoyed by golfers of every skill level. The semi-private club offers both daily fee play and memberships. Three sets of tees make it possible to play the par-36 layout at anywhere from 2,775 to 3,109 yards. Many players tour the course twice to get in an 18-hole round. Be prepared to thread your drives around tricky doglegs and through groves of towering pines. Errant shots are often penalized. Water hazards come into play on five holes, and there are out-of-bounds stakes on five holes as well.

Activities and Attractions

Residents select from a diverse array of activities and attractions. Arts at the Lake is a nonprofit organization promoting art shows and special events year-round. The Burleson County Theatre Guild is a community theater enjoyed by participants and patrons alike.

Those in search of indoor activities will find a variety of museums and historical homes to explore, including the Burleson County Czech Heritage Museum.

The Somerville Historical Museum highlights the significant railroad history of the community. There's even a miniature locomotive outside. In fact, the city owes its origins to the Santa Fe Railroad, and it is named after Albert Somerville, first president of the railway. The community was established in 1882 when the railroad located a railroad tie plant and a major switching yard in the area. The museum also features a vintage two-cell concrete jail relocated from its original location two blocks away.

Festivals and Special Events

Caldwell’s Kolache Fest is an annual event held in mid-September that celebrates the Czech heritage of the county. For over 30 Years, Caldwell residents have invited visitors to "Come be a Czech for a day!" The celebration of Czech culture includes music, polka dancing, quilting, sculpting and carving. The festival also includes a 5K run, arts and crafts vendors, an eating contest and a bake show. Classic cars, street rods, vintage tractors and antique machinery are all on display at Davidson Creek City Park during Kolache Fest.

In mid-July, Somerville hosts LakeFest and its state BBQ cookoff championship at Pazdral Park. In addition to the BBQ competition, there's also a horseshoe tournament, volleyball tournament and even a washer pitching tournament. Other popular festivals include April's ChiliFest, June’s SnookFest and the Perk Williams Music Festival in October. The many traditions of the Burleson County Fair come alive every September. Many residents enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season during Caldwell’s Christmas on the Square.

Those who enjoy gathering their fresh produce at a local farmers market will find two options. Ohe Burleson County Farmers Market located on the square in downtown Caldwell. This farmers market is held from May through August. The other option is the Somerville Farmers Market, active from May through June.

Burleson County Real Estate

Those relocating to the Bryan – College Station area will find excellent real estate values throughout Burleson County. Residences range from comfortable, updated bungalows in town to new construction with energy-saving systems and other amenities in modern subdivisions. Contact Saundra McCulloch for more information about Burleson County real estate.

There's so much more to see and do as a resident of this south-central Texas County. I'd welcome the opportunity to tell you more about the lifestyle possible midst the small to mid-size communities of Burleson County. Please contact Saundra McCulloch for more information!
Saundra Lyons McCulloch
Saundra Lyons McCulloch