Wimberley is located 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Austin and 46 mi (74 km) northeast of San Antonio.According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 16.1 sq. mi (42 km2), all of it land.Cypress Creek joins the Blanco River in Wimberley. The Blanco then continues until it joins the San Marcos River. Blue Hole and Jacob’s Well are located along Cypress Creek.
Wimberley started as a trading post settlement near Cypress Creek in 1848, the year Hays County was organized. After William Carvin Winters built a gristmill at the site in 1856, it took on the name Winters’ Mill. When the mill was sold in 1864 to the Cude family, its name was changed to Cude’s Mill. It was sold again in 1874 to Pleasant Wimberley and took on his name. Over the years, the mill was expanded to process lumber, shingles, flour, molasses and cotton.
In 1880, Alfred von Stein, a postmaster from San Marcos, applied to have a post office established in the community, calling it Wimberleyville. The application was granted, but the name shortened to Wimberley. Although the mill was shut down in 1925, the community was established and continued to grow, eventually becoming known as a resort town and becoming popular with tourists. Prior to its incorporation in May 2000, it was a census-designated place (CDP).
On May 25, 2015, the town was hit by catastrophic flooding during the 2015 Texas–Oklahoma floods, along the Blanco River, which flows through town. The river crested at an estimated 41.5 feet, which was almost 30 feet above flood stage.
On October 30, 2015, the area was again struck by severe weather. Evacuations were underway Friday morning as Flood and Tornado warnings were issued by officials.
Wimberley Public Schools are part of the Wimberley Independent School District. The district has one primary school, one elementary school, one junior high school, and one high school. Students attend Wimberley High School, Scudder Primary School, Jacob’s Well Elementary School and Danforth Junior High School.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Wimberley has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps.