Located in Central Texas, the city connects to major highways in five directions and serves as the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, which includes vast recreational areas. Sulphur springs, popular among Native Americans long before white settlers arrived, still flow about half a mile from town center. Downtown buildings feature local limestone construction; several have been restored. Most were originally built in the 1880s. Hunters find white-tailed deer, wild turkey, quail and mourning dove, as well as excellent fishing in local creeks, and Lampasas and Colorado rivers. Hancock Park, a 109-acre municipal facility, includes Hancock Springs, the source of water for public baths a century ago. Lampasas lies on U.S. 190, a segment of the Ports-to-Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.