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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.
Inks Lake State Park Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin (Menasha Ridge Press).
More Inks Lake State Park Professional Reviews and Guides
"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).
"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."
--Keith Stelter, Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Melissa Gaskill, Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast (The Mountaineers Books).
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