Longhorn Caverns Cruise

Burnet, Texas

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The focal points of this route through western Burnet County are the man-made lakes showcased in Inks Lake State Park and the natural caverns showcased in Longhorn Caverns State Park. Riders looking for shorter routes have two options. One is to bypass the lakes by descending into the Hoover Valley and climbing toward Longhorn Caverns. The other is to bypass the caverns by climbing up out of the Hoover Valley after cycling past the lakes. A longer route is an out-and-back addition north into the hills that rise above the shore of Lake Buchanan. Lake Buchanan is the largest and northernmost of the man-made chain of Highland Lakes built to control flooding along the Colorado River from here to Austin. Terrain: gently rolling hills. Park Rd. 4 has steeper rolling hills and one very difficult climb before Longhorn Caverns State Park. Returning on the Hoover Valley Rd. (optional) involves steep climbs. Roads: Texas 29 (4.4 miles) and US 281 (3.0 miles) are four-lane roads with high-speed traffic. Texas 29 has a poor shoulder but adequate room for traffic. The other roads are quiet country roads.
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by Andy White (The Globe Pequot Press)

The focal points of this route through western Burnet County are the man-made lakes showcased in Inks Lake State Park and the natural caverns showcased in Longhorn Caverns State Park. Riders looking for shorter routes have two options. One is to bypass the lakes by descending into the Hoover Valley and climbing toward Longhorn Caverns.

The other is to bypass the caverns by climbing up out of the Hoover Valley after cycling past the lakes. A longer route is an out-and-back addition north into the hills that rise above the shore of Lake Buchanan. Lake Buchanan is the largest and northernmost of the man-made chain of Highland Lakes built to control flooding along the Colorado River from here to Austin. Terrain: gently rolling hills. Park Rd. 4 has steeper rolling hills and one very difficult climb before Longhorn Caverns State Park. Returning on the Hoover Valley Rd. (optional) involves steep climbs. Roads: Texas 29 (4.4 miles) and US 281 (3.0 miles) are four-lane roads with high-speed traffic. Texas 29 has a poor shoulder but adequate room for traffic. The other roads are quiet country roads.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Burnet
Distance: 39.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Longhorn Caverns Cruise

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May 2018