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
24518 FM 1431
Marble Falls, TX 78654
46,000 acres of protected land for endangered bird and other wildlife species. Includes wildlife & wildflower tours, trails, & photography opportunities. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset.
Balcones Canyonlands website
Blanco State Park, Blanco County
Acclaimed park as a place to swim, fish and relax on the spring fed Blanco River. Primitive camping only.
Texas State Parks/Blanco Park website
Canyon Of The Eagles Nature Park, Lake Buchanan
NE on Lake Buchanan, this 900 acre nature park features beautifully appointed cabins, stargazing observatory, beaches, camping, hiking, boat dock & RV sites. On site restaurant, kayak rentals & camp store. Weddings, reunions, & retreat groups welcome. Ask about day use and seasonal events.
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
200 S. Wirtz Dam Rd.
Restaurant, beach, swimming, water park, jet ski & cabin rentals, boat sales, service and rentals, public boat ramp and more. Call for seasonal hours and directions. Wedding, reunion, retreat and conference groups welcome.
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
7030 E. FM 1431
Marble Falls, Texas 78654 (830) 798-9820
Ride your ATV, UTV, Motorcycle or 4×4 on 3,000 acres. Stay overnight in an RV site, primitive camping also available. You can also take part in swimming and paintball. Hidden Falls is located 7 miles east of Marble Falls on Hwy.
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
Off Hwy. 281 in Johnson City.
Boyhood home of President LBJ. Free Admission. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Separate facility from LBJ Ranch approximately 15 miles away.
LBJ National Park Service Link
Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park
Group reservations at 830-868-7128, ext. 231.
Hwy. 290 west of Johnson City near Stonewall.
Visitor Center open 8am-5pm. Bus tour of LBJ Ranch, 10-4. $3 per person, children 6 and under free. See how President Lyndon B. Johnson lived on his ‘Texas White House’ ranch before, during & after years as President of the United States. Walk or drive to working Sauer-Beckman 1850’s Farm.
Texas State Parks/LBJ State Park website
Longhorn Caverns State Park, Burnet County
512-756-4680 or 877-441-CAVE
Burnet, Texas 78611
Stay a cool 68 degrees year round!
Open daily except Christmas. 85 minute tour over 1 1/4 miles of underground caverns. Picnic areas, hiking trails, gift shop & deli lunch counter. Admission. A favorite field trip for schools, & civic groups. Unique setting for weddings, reunions and retreats! For the more adventurous spelunkers, call 512-756-4680 & ask about the Wild Cave Tours.
See what Fodor’s said!
Longhorn Caverns State Park website
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
830-868-7304 or 800-792-1112
2585 Park Rd. 6026
Johnson City, Texas 78636
Hours: Open daily 8 am–10 pm.
5200 acres, 9 miles east of Johnson City via FM 2766. Admission and additional fees for camping. Activities include camping, picnics, hiking, swimming, tubing, mountain biking, fishing, bird watching, & horseback riding (Must bring own horses, no overnight equestrian camping allowed.) River recreation in a limited area at the Youth Group Camping area & down river to the park boundary.
Texas State Parks/Pedernales Falls website
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
Hours: weekdays by Reservation only
Weekends: public tours at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm
See website for fees; no pets please.
24814 Hamilton Pool Road
Round Mountain, Texas 78663
Located off Hwy 71 between Marble Falls and Johnson City, this 30-acre gem offers an array of natural science & interdisciplinary educational programs for children and adults. Bring the whole family to enjoy the environmental learning center and beautiful walking trails tucked in a canyon grotto canopied by huge Cypress trees – some estimated to be 600 years old.
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