National, State and Local Parks
Not all of these parks are in Burnet County's boundaries, but are all short drives from your lodging venue of choice. And, as you can see from this extensive list you could do a week's worth of outdoor exploration and still not see & do everything. But be sure to bring your camera and get started. These parks also have unique & beautiful new aspects worth seeing with the change of each season.
Adam Johnson/Lakeside Park, Marble Falls
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Operated by the City of Marble Falls. Two adjacent parks with many shade trees, picnic tables, playscape, outdoor stage, and covered outdoor restrooms.
|Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge|
|Blanco State Park, Blanco County|
|Canyon Of The Eagles Nature Park, Lake Buchanan|
Colorado Bend State Park/Gorman Falls & Cave
Bend, TX 76824
North of Lake Buchanan, 5328-acre facility that was once a fish camp. Primitive hiking, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, birding, nature watching, & guided tours. 15.8 miles of hiking trails/14 miles of mountain bike trails. When Lake Buchanan is near normal levels, the river is navigable from the park's boat ramp to Lake Buchanan, approximately 10 miles. This trip is on slow moving water through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado.
|Texas State Parks/Colorado Bend Park website|
Enchanted Rock State Park
1643 acres on Big Sandy Creek, approximately 45 minutes SE of Burnet County, between Gillespie/Llano Counties. Primitive backpacking, hiking, picnicking, geological study, birding, & star gazing. Park resources are protected by law. Rock climbers must check in at headquarters before climbing the 425 foot pink granite dome revered by Native American Tonkawa indians as sacred ground. One of the largest batholiths in the U.S. Resevations recommended as the park does occassionally fill to capacity.
|Texas State Parks/Enchanted Rock Park website|
Denney Ranch 2 Preserve, Burnet County
96-acre family owned/operated ranch & nature preserve. Enjoy bird watching, photography on neatly groomed trails. Other nature related expeditions such as fossil & native plant education tours available by appointment.
10215 FM 963
Burnet, TX 78611-7339
Exotic Zoo, Johnson City
830-868-4357. Admission. From Marble Falls south on Hwy. 281 approximately 16 miles to Johnson City. Over 500 animals. View and feed animals from tour tram. Petting zoo. Free picnic area. School, and civic groups are welcome.
Granite Beach Water Park On Lake LBJ, Burnet County
Hamilton Pool Preserve
FM 3238/Hamilton Poole Road
off Hwy 71
Bee Cave, Texas
Formed by erosion from an underground river, see 45 foot water falls, and hike nature trail.
Hidden Falls Adventure Park, Burnet County
Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery, Burnet County
345 County Road 117
Burnet, TX 78611
Off Hwy. 281, 6 miles west on P4
A scientific facility for hatching and raising fish that are released all over the U.S. Open Mon- Fri 7:30-4. Open to the public, free admission. School & civic groups please call in advance for guided tours.
|Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery website|
Inks Lake State Park, Burnet County
512-793-2223 for reservations.
1,200 acres offering tent, minicabins, and RV camping, picnic, fishing, hiking, canoes, paddle boats; on-site camp store, boat launch. Youth groups and civic clubs welcome.
Aug '08 - see more about this acclaimed park as a place to swim at the link above, left.
|Texas Parks/Inks Lake website|
Krause Springs, Spicewood
404 Krause Springs Rd.
Spicewood, Texas 78669
Hwy. 71 to Spicewood.
Spring fed swimming pool, picnic area, scenic gardens & big cypress trees, hiking, RV and tent camping. On site showers. Mini-falls at natural cold spring pool. Favorite swimming & camp site for scout troops, clubs, & retreats.
Aug '08 - See why Texas monthly named Krause a top swim hole in Texas
LBJ National Historic Home/Park, Johnson City
Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park
Longhorn Caverns State Park, Burnet County
Nightengale Archaeological Center/LCRA Park, Kingsland
830-598-5261 or 1-800-776-5272 Ext. 2112.
Free admission. From Marble Falls, west on Hwy. 1431 to CR 126, between Granite Shoals & Kingsland. Group reservations recommended. Scheduled tours available 2nd & 4th Saturdays from 2-5. Archeologists, paleontologists, geologists & other ‘ologists’ interested in preserving our past are encouraged to visit this hill country gem. A favorite among local school and civic groups; guided educational tours are available with advanced reservations.
Pedernales State Park, Johnson City
Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet County
(512) 755-4417 or (512) 755-4417
2046 CR 115
Burnet, TX 78611
Located just west of Burnet off Hwy 29, 1,300-acre outdoor event, education and adventure center. Miles of mountain biking and running trails, covered pavilion that seats 500, two private lakes. Available for corporate/group use, race promoters and bike shop use, weddings, concerts and other events.
Sauer-Beckman 1850’s Living History Farm
Admission free. Next to LBJ Ranch. Hours: 8 am-4:30pm.
Park employees dress, live, and work in 1900’s period pieces & demonstrate how the original German settlers lived on this farm. Favorite field trip destination for schools, clubs, and visitors; 15 or more please make reservations.
West Cave Preserve, Blanco County
Be sure to check out what the Highland Llakes in Burnet County have to offer by visiting our travel guides for Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, and Lake Travis.
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