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.
Vanishing Texas 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 more 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