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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Events and programs geared to understanding nature
Inks Lake State Park bustles with nature programs and events year round. The Fishing With a Ranger program will have you fishing like a pro in no time. You can experience the smells, sights, and sounds of the lake once the sunsets with a Twilight Paddle Tour, while the Bat and Owl Prowl features a night hike to the Pecan Flats Trail. Dress up for the Halloween Creatures of the Night Hike; the park's creatures will be waiting for you. Meanwhile, the Starry Sky Night Hike takes you to a summit, where startling views of the night skies and constellations await.
Rejuvenate with nature
Rolling hills, wildflowers, scenic drives, and granite outcroppings make Inks Lake a photographer's paradise. The region's highlight is Inks Lake State Park, 1,200 acres of raw scenic beauty. Spend a day cliff jumping at Devil’s Waterhole, ensconced by pink granite cliffs. Water babies can go wild with the area's scuba diving, sailing, canoeing, and water skiing opportunities. The lake is stocked with all kinds of fish, from largemouth bass to catfish and crappie, making it a favorite among anglers. Wildlife watchers, look out for the nimble white-tailed deer, quail, and wild turkey. An Inks Lake cabin will prove the perfect base to your outdoor pursuits.
Food at Inks Lake
The Inks Lake region is dotted with all sorts of restaurants. Reverend Jim's Dam Pub in Buchanan Dam offers chilled lakeside views and the best hamburgers in town. In the vicinity is Tex-Mex favorite Tamale King, rated one of the best Mexican food restaurants in the Highland Lakes. In Burnet, Mama's Home Cooking lets you savor typical American fare while watching ducks glide by on Hamilton Creek. For a break from fast food, Trailblazer Grille, in Burnet's town square, won't disappoint. Close by is Happy Scoops Ice Cream, a winner for its rich and creamy desserts. Relish their banana ice cream in a waffle cone, or their divine chocolate chip mint ice cream. Your caffeine fix awaits at Unshakable Grounds Coffee Shop, which also makes excellent shakes and pastries. For spicy sausage, sliced beef sandwiches, and brisket served with traditional Texan hospitality, try Bar-B-Q Shak. Solid and flavorful enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, and salsa and chips are among some of the offerings you can expect at El Rancho Mexican restaurant.
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