Not only does The CW series Walker star Austinite Jared Padalecki, it’s shot in Austin and throughout Central Texas! The series is a reboot of the 90’s western drama Walker, Texas Ranger which was shot primarily in Dallas and Santa Fe. Walker is a show about Texas, that’s filmed in Texas, staring a bunch of Texans.
Why Austin? Since Padalecki lives in the ATX, he made a deal with the Austin City Council so Walker could receive production incentives for shooting here. So while they may be saving money on taxes, they are also bringing millions of dollars to the city of Austin. The deal will continue for season three, which is currently filming.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – Our massive list of Austin area Walker filming locations!
- South Congress Food Truck Park | Season 1, Episode 1 – You can see most of South Congress in the background. Maya and Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds stick out most.
- Zilker Park | Season 1, Episode 1 – In the shot there’s a gazebo which was created specifically for the show. We feel like this was a nod to Gilmore Girls but we might be reading too much into it.
- Armadillo Clay | Season 1, Episode 1
- Bastrop County Courthouse | Season 1, Episode 3 – This courthouse was also used in the movie Bernie, staring Matthew McConaughey.
- Maxine’s Bakery and Cafe (Bastrop, TX) | Season 1, Episode 3 – Maxine’s is a real cafe in Bastrop that you can visit!
- The Greenhouse at Driftwood (Driftwood, TX) | Season 1, Episode 4 – In the series it’s used as a botanical garden. But The Greenhouse is actually a unique event space used for weddings, retreats and more.
- Mayfest Park (Bastrop, TX) | Season 1, Episode 5
- Hanovers Draught Haus (Pflugerville, TX) | Season 1, Episode 5 – Hanovers is a real restaurant in Pflugerville but it was used as an undercover bar in this episode.
- Radisson Hotel (Austin North) | Season 1, Episode 7
- Aurora Venezuelan Food at the Amy Donovan Plaza (The Domain) | Season 1, Episode 7
- Hudson’s On Mercer | Season 1, Episode 10
- ChargePoint Charging Station on E 51st Street | Season 1, Episode 11
- Moore’s Crossing Bridge | Season 1, Episode 13
- Cathy’s Cleaners (3rd street location) | Season 1, Episode 12 – In the show you can see the Blue Grocer and Finley’s clearly in the background. However “Delancy Gardens” is not a real establishment. They took over what looks like Cathy’s Cleaners.
- Round Rock Public Safety Training Center | Season 1, Episode 12 – This location serves as the fictional Terry Town High School. Tarrytown is a real Austin neighborhood with some very famous residents.
- Driskill Hotel | Season 1, Episode 15 – You might know this historic hotel from Miss Congeniality. It’s also where Lyndon B. Johnson met his wife and future First Lady, Claudia Alta Taylor aka Lady Bird Johnson.
- Millett Opera House | Season 1, Episode 15 – The scene actually takes place in the alley next to the historic Millett Opera House.
- Top Notch Hamburgers | Season 1, Episode 16 – This famous old fashioned burger joint has been used as a filming locations various times. You might remember is most from Dazed and Confused.
- Texas Health & Human Services Building | Season 1, Episode 18
- 707 W St Johns Ave | Multiple Episodes – This building is used as the fictional Side Step Bar throughout the show.
- Pioneer Farms | Multiple Episodes – Pioneer Farms is used for exterior scenes of the Walker Farmhouse.
- Baker School in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood | Multiple Episodes – This school might look familiar if you’re a Friday Night Lights fan!
In addition to these filming locations there are plenty of establishing shots from all over Austin, featuring the skyline to South Congress and more! The second season wasn’t any different, though it also had a special treat for Supernatural fans. Fellow Austinite Jensen Ackles served as a guest director. He also had a cameo in the 14th episode titled “No Such Thing As Fair Play.”
Here are the season two Walker filming locations.
- 201 N Main Street (Taylor, TX) | Season 2, Episode 1
- Manor Downs (Manor, TX) | Season 2, Episode 2
- Yegua Creek Evangelical Free Church (Elgin, TX) | Season 2, Episode 2
- Austin Energy’s Headquarters (Mueller) | Season 2, Episode 5
- Browning Hangar (Mueller) | Season 2, Episode 7 – The Hangar was transformed into as a ball park for this episode.
- Boggy Creek Farm | Season 2, Episode 10 – Boggy Creek Farm is a very real farm in Austin. They host bi-weekly farmers markets just like in this scene.
- Easy Tiger (The Linc) | Season 2 Episode 15 – The beloved Austin establishment’s Linc location was used as a nondescript cafe in this episode.
- Omni Barton Creek Resort | Season 2, Episode 15 – They use the Omni as the fictional Maple Ridge Country Club.
- Dell Diamond (Round Rock) | Season 2, Episode 14 – They used the parking lot of the Dell Diamond to set up a fair. This is the episode directed by Jensen Ackles.
- The Austin Shaker (Pleasant Valley) | Season 2, Episode 16 – The Austin Shaker is owned and operated by veteran bartenders. They pride themselves on curated selections while maintaining the feel of a neighborhood store.
- 234 E Clark St (Bartlett, TX) | Season 2, Episode 6 – Location for the fictional Pam’s Handle Diner.
- McCrory Timmerman Building (Taylor, TX) | Multiple Episodes
More Texas ties to Walker!
Jared Padalecki isn’t the only Texan on the show. Austin native Austin Nichols starred as Clint West in the first season of the show. He is now one of the directors of Walker. Additionally, Lindsey Morgan is from Houston, Gavin Casalegno is from Dallas, Violet Brinson is from Austin and Rebekah Graf is from Corpus Christi. Odette and Dave Annable also appear in the series. The couple might not be originally from Texas but they moved to Austin in 2020.
Lastly, Matt Barr is from Fort Worth! His character Hoyt Rawlins might have died but Barr will be playing his own ancestor in the Walker prequel Walker: Independence. We got a sneak peak of the prequel at ATX TV Festival in June and we can’t wait for y’all to see it. It’s out this fall!
One more thing! KXAN Meteorologist Jim Spencer also made an appearance as a news reporter reporting on a disaster in the episode “Fine is a Four Letter Word.”
So there you have it! A show about Texas that’s filmed in Texas starring a bunch of Texans – that’s what we like to see!
If you know of a Walker filming locale we missed or happen to see them shooting around town, shoot us a message on, Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to include your addition! Stay tuned for season 3’s filming locations.
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This article was written with the assistance of Allison Moujaes.
Featured photo courtesy of Jared Padalecki via Instagram