Burnet County

Colorado River Trail

​The beauty of the Texas Hill Country is abundant in Burnet County, where the chain of the Highland Lakes begins. The distinctive pink granite that was used to construct the Texas Capitol in Austin continues to be mined here today.

Featured attractions

  • Vanishing Texa​s River Cruise
    This cruise up the historic Colorado River gives passengers a view of waterfalls, spectacular cliffs, abundant wildlife. Wintering bald eagles can be seen November through March. The cruise departs from Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park.
  • Fort Croghan and Museum
    Built in 1849, Fort Croghan was one of the first four forts established by the United States government to protect settlements. The museum offers over 1200 historic artifacts from the Burnet County area.
  • Longhorn Cavern State Park
    Longhorn Cavern has been used as a shelter since prehistoric times. The cave's history includes an outlaw who hid $2 million of stolen money and Confederate soldiers who stored gunpowder in the cave during the Civil War. The caverns remain a constant 65 degrees year-round.
  • Inks Lake State Park
    This location is one of the most scenic and popular parks in Texas, with 2,000 acres of recreational area including a nine-hole golf course, RV hookups, rest rooms, nature trails, camping, swimming and fishing. Reservations are recommended.
  • Highland Lakes
    To the west and south of Burnet County are Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls and Lake Travis. The lakes provide fishing, boating, skiing, canoeing and swimming. See LCRA map of parks for more information. The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, the Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Burnet County Chamber of Commerce have more details.
  • Hill Country Flyer
    Authentic steam train departs makes a round-trip from Cedar Park to Burnet's Historic Square. The three-hour trip takes passengers through canyons and across tall trestles.
  • Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force Museum
    The museum contains vintage World War I and World War II aircraft. The museum was formed to collect, restore and maintain World War II aircraft, but has expanded to include bombs, guns and uniforms.
  • Historic Main Street in Marble Falls
    Visit the state's oldest drug store for a fountain soda or the city's original post office, which now houses the Highland Lakes Art Guild. Main Street in Marble Falls offers art lovers a wonderful variety of galleries and shops. Located one block east of U.S. Highway 281 in Marble Falls. See chamber of commerce site.
  • Historic Square in Burnet
    The square offers unique shops and restaurants housed in buildings from the 1800s. The Burnet Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located one block south of Texas 29. See City of Burnet site.
  • Updated listings: For m​ore area attractions and events, see the Burnet County visitor information site at www.visitburnetcounty.org or the Hill Country Economic Development Corporation's Web site at www.lakesandhills.com

​Connect with the Colorado River Trail


Planning a trip to the Highland Lakes? See LCRA Parks.

Did you know?

Burnet (BURN-it) County was named in honor of David G. Burnet, who in 1836 was named the first president of the Republic of Texas. The county was settled 1848.

Major festivals

Burnet County lodging

See Burnet County's Visitor Guide:
Lake Buchanan
Inks Lake
Lake LBJ
Marble Falls