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Llano County

Colorado River Trail

​Llano County has attracted people for centuries. Native Americans settled here 6,000 years ago. The Spanish came to mine gold. Today, Llano County is a magnet for hunters. The density of deer in the Llano Basin is greater than any other area in the United States. The county also attracts people to its lakes and recreational areas.

Featured attractions

  • Lake Buchanan
    The largest of the Highland lakes offers fishing, camping, swimming and picnicking. Several parks are located on Lake Buchanan, including Llano County Park, Cedar Point, and Black Rock Park. For information, also see the Highland Lakes website and the Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce.
  • Buchanan Dam
    Buchanan Dam was the longest multiple-arch dam in the United States when LCRA completed it in 1937. More than 2 miles long and 176 feet high, it creates a lake covering 36 square miles, holding more than 323 billion gallons of water.
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
    This state natural area, located primarily in Llano County, boasts some of the best climbing terrain in the state. The diversity of its surface provides some exceptionally challenging climbs, as well as leisurely ones. The climb to the summit of Enchanted Rock is rewarded by a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.
  • Nightengale Archaeological Center
    This center is the only public archeological site on the Colorado River Trail. The museum and educational center has artifacts dating from prehistoric times, while a trail offers a glimpse of lifestyles of the native people who inhabited the site 6,000 years ago.
  • Fall Creek Vineyards
    French tradition meets California technology in the Texas Hill Country to produce award-winning wines. Nestled and almost hidden in the rolling countryside, the 65-acre vineyard frequently furnishes wine to the White House.
  • City of Kingsland
    Founded in 1885, the city of Kingsland sits at the point where the Colorado and Llano rivers come together to form Lake LBJ. "Lookout Mountain" on Texas 1431 offers visitors a scenic view of the lake. See chamber of commerce site.
  • Historic downtown Llano
    Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Llano was founded in 1856. The downtown district is anchored by one of only three original courthouses in Texas to survive without any additions. See chamber of commerce site.
  • Llano County Historical Museum
    This museum depicts county history through a variety of exhibits, including a polo exhibit, farm and ranch room, clothing and textiles, military items, rocks, and a variety of photographs. A restored log cabin can be found on the grounds.
  • Llanite
    Llanite is a rare type of brown granite with sky-blue crystals and rusty pink feldspar. This particular type of granite is found only in Llano County. The largest assembly of polished Llanite can be seen at the Badu House, which is Llano's historic inn. Llanite also can be found along Highway 16, north of Llano.
  • For more area attractions and events, see the Hill Country Economic Development Corporation's website.

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FYI

 

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

Did you know?

Llano (LAN-oh) in Spanish means plain. Spaniards mined gold and silver near here before permanent settlers arrived in 1845.

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