Best Hiking Trails in Inks Lake State Park
The trails in Inks Lake State Park are the best way to get to know this natural landscape's rolling hills and desert oasis wildlife.
1. Devil's Waterhole Nature Trail
Don't let the dramatic name put you off, as this is a very brief walk through the park that you'll complete in less than 10 minutes. Yet within that short time frame, you can access local fishing and enjoy lovely views of the lake.
2. Valley Spring Creek Trail
This is another very scenic trail that's just under a mile long, taking you from the Devil's Waterhole to gorgeous woodlands housing juniper, mesquite, and oak trees.
3. Lake Trail
If you're up for this 1.2mi. hike, you'll be rewarded with even more views of the gorgeous lake, and have plenty of opportunities to take superb photos of the area.
4. Pecan Flats Trail
Moderately difficult and with just under two miles of track, this takes you to the highest local spot, and so rewards the active hiker with the best views.
5. Woodland Trail
Just over two miles long and cutting through the park's backcountry, this is the longest single trail in Inks Lake and will give you amazing vistas over Hoover Valley.
Great Places to Stay Near Inks Lake State Park
Best Family Activities in Inks Lake State Park
After walking in the Texas sun for a few hours, you and your family will be glad to find some respite in other activities, when you stay at Inks Lake State Park cabins.
A large portion of the lake is set aside just for swimming (therefore, no boating in this spot), ideal if you've got younger children.
Speaking of which, take a boat out onto the lake and see the park from a new angle. Why not try water skiing while you're at it, too? Rent boats and equipment at the park's store.
Catfish, sunfish, and bass can be fished from the lake's two piers, or head out from the boat ramp and you'll be able to fish from the middle of the lake.
As well as renting equipment, the on-site store sells souvenirs and food, ideal if you're staying in nearby Inks Lake State Park cabins. Pick up supplies and then head to the picnic pavilion for a shaded outdoor meal.
This fun activity is a great interactive way to make hikes more engaging, especially for kids who may need that extra bit of encouragement with some treasure hunting.