Inks Lake State Park

Burnet, Texas 78611

Inks Lake State Park

Inks Lake State Park Professional Guide

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"Located in the Highland Lakes chain west of Austin, this moderately challenging hike
passes Inks Lake’s shoreline and wanders through hills of pink rock and distant woods. Abundant wildlife and few hikers make it a real gem."

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"The Pecan Flats Trail (wheelchair accessible) and the rugged Green Trail travel through live oak, mountain juniper woodlands, across rock debris fields and over steep granite domes, and above the Inks Lake shoreline. Sometimes the trail disappears on the rock surface, as outcroppings of pink granite jut up through the limestone. Does with fawns can be seen in Pecan Flats among the Ashe’s junipers and prickly pear cactus. The view looking down from the domes of the 803-acre Inks Lake is inspiring."
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"This state park has tent and RV camping, mini cabins, and picnic and swimming areas. The lake generally maintains a constant level and is popular for fishing, boating, water skiing, and scuba diving."

Inks Lake State Park Trip Reports

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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.
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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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2-3 hours
Daily, 8 a.m.–10 p.m
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