February 25-27, 2000 - Inks Lake State Park

Inks Lake

Inks Lake State Park is 1201 acres of recreational facilities adjacent to Inks Lake on the Colorado River in Burnet County. Inks Lake is a constant level lake located in the Highland Lakes chain (7 lakes) surrounded by granite hills. Facilities include restrooms with showers; picnic sites; screened shelters; campsites with water and electricity; campsites with water; backpack sites (1.5 miles in, ground fires prohibited, no drinking water, primitive toilet on trail); a sponsored youth group area (primitive); a group picnic pavilion with tables (capacity 25); an amphitheater; lighted fishing piers; a boat ramp; a playground; 7.5 miles of hiking trails, including 1.5 miles of backpacking trails; a 9-hole golf course, with golf carts and clubs available to rent; Directions: The park is located 9 miles west of Burnet on State Highway 29 to Park Road 4. Go south 3 miles to the park headquarters. Area Attractions: The Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch and State Historical Parks; Colorado Bend, Pedernales Falls, and Longhorn Cavern State Parks; Enchanted Rock State Natural Area; a federal fish hatchery; Vanishing Texas River Cruise; Granite Mountain quarry at nearby Marble Falls that furnished material for the Texas State Capitol; Lake Buchanan and Buchanan Dam (the largest multi-arch dam in the world is located 4 miles from the park); Lake Lyndon B. Johnson; Lake Marble Falls; and Lake Travis; and the historical districts in Burnet, Llano, Johnson City, and Fredericksburg. You may want to refer to nearby parks. Camping fees vary; entrance fee. For reservations, call 512/389-8900. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

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Road into park has beautiful views of the lake.

There is a Texas State Park Store that rents canoes, paddle boats, and surfbikes year-round; they also offer groceries; and specialized gifts year-round.

The most commonly caught fish are bass, crappie, and catfish.

The park is a panorama of cedar and oak woodlands, wildflowers, and pink granite outcroppings in the Central Texas Hill Country. Deer, turkey, quail, numerous songbirds, and other species of wildlife are abundant in the park.

We did an easy hike through the granite hills.

On the bare granite the trail can be hard to follow, however the park has installed small trail maps with "You are here" markers at every intersection.

The scenic loop we took, skirting the lake, probably has the best views.

Forgot my tripod.

Another beautiful trail finished. February is a great month to hike Texas - before the summer heat - which starts around mid-April.

WHAT THE @#$%! Looming above the rugged Hill Country terrain, King Ludwig's Falkenstein Castle is being replicated by Terry and Kim Young. Since seeing the original in Bavaria(Germany) they dreamed of having their own. Tours are given, we didn't have time. STRANGE!???

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