At just over 2,100 feet it sits on the western edge of Gillespie County at the headwaters of the Pedernales River with Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Mason, and Junction all about a 30 minute drive away. Numerous ranchers make their living here and deer hunting enthusiasts from across the country flock to the area in the winter.
Community events are sprinkled throughout the year and always see a big turnout. From children’s activities to rodeos, barbecue fundraisers to dances, locals from Harper and other nearby communities come and spend time together. Being in a place with such strong community ties reminded a recent visitor of his childhood in a small town:
I forgot what being a part of a community was like. This is it.
In the last 20 years as people from Austin, San Antonio, and other cities have become interested in getting out of the frenetic pace of city life, Harper and nearby communities in the Hill Country have seen a steady rise in population. Some come here to set up new businesses, others enjoy the lower cost of living and short commute to larger cities.
Harper is served by the 2A Harper Independent School District which features pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades. Community involvement and support in school activities and sports gives children in Harper a solid foundation and sense of belonging that many students in larger schools do not get to experience.
With great schools, multiple churches, numerous locally owned businesses, a local history museum, venues for public gatherings, and a community-minded public library, there’s a chance you’ve never been anywhere quite like Harper, Texas.