Ranch Road Rambling: Cedar Park, Leander, Bertram, Burnet, Buchanan Dam, and Tow Professional Review and Guide
"This day trip is filled with winding roads, historic attractions, and natural wonders. Cedar Park is a thirty-minute drive north from Austin. Now primarily a suburb, once this was called “cedar chopper” country. Cedar choppers were independent people who worked the hilly land to the west, cutting juniper trees to provide fence posts for area ranchers. This generations-old trade is still plied by some Hill Country families today.
The town celebrates its heritage with an annual Cedar Chopper Festival in June. Outdoor activities including spelunking and bird-watching are popular throughout the year here. Continue driving to the village of Buchanan Dam, a fishing and retirement community. Lake Buchanan, the jewel of the Highland Lakes with over 23,000 surface acres of water, is formed by Buchanan Dam, the largest multi-arch dam in the world. Other species often sighted include great blue herons, kingfishers, double-crested cormorants, roadrunners, osprey, red-breasted mergansers, common loons, horned grebes, and Bonaparte’s gulls."