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Inks Lake Professional Review and Guide
"About 20 miles NW of Marble Falls. An easy day hike through the granite hills of Inks Lake State Park. Special Attractions: Granite Hills, spring wildflowers. Permit required for camping. Inks Lake lies in the heart of the area known as the Llano Uplift. Most of the Texas Hill Country consists of sedimentary limestone layers, but much of the area surrounding Llano and Marble Falls lies on top of an enormous mass of ancient granite. The high grade pinkish granite is quarried in several areas for construction uses. The Texas capitol building is one of the more famous users of the stone. The Inks Lake trail winds through low hills of the attractive rock. From the gravel parking lot, start down the trail behind the large trail sign.Ignore the unofficial trail forking off to the right after only about fifty yards."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Texas (Falcon Guides).
We took 4 trails, Blue, Green, Pecan Flats and the Valley Creek trail. They were all breathtaking with the wildflowers in bloom. Bluebonnets galore, Indian Paint brush, White Prickley Poppy and many, many more. Butterflys everywhere. Very little climbing and mostly easy except for some rough rocky areas. Views of the lake are on all the trails. The only thing you have to be careful about is on the Green trail. There is a loop about 1/2 way into the trail and the marking for it is not that great so we went around it twice, missing the cut off. Everywhere else it was well marked. If it is hot out you will want to bring water because even as these are short trails the heat off the rocks and the sun can be dehydrating. A must in wildflower season. If you take and it is not wildflower season I would give this a 4 star.
A well-developed; well-marked system of trails around Inks Lake, a beautiful southern sister to Lake Buchanan. Plenty of great sites, views and geocaches; plus a nice variety of camping opportunities. Get there early, because this place gets packed!
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