Burnet, TX

Burnet is a town that sits within spitting distance to two perfect hill country lakes.  Need we say more…

That’s right, Inks Lake and Lake Buchanan are two great reasons to make a trip to Burnet.  But they aren’t the only reasons.  While in Burnet, check out Fort Croghan for some frontier history and the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force for some aviation history and to hop aboard their beautifully restored antique planes.  If you are looking for a bite to eat, I highly recommend picking up some homemade Tex-Mex and a backrub from The Maxican or BB-Q at Burnet Feed Store BBQ located inside an old feed store.  (Unfortunately, Bertram BB-Q featured in the episode closed its doors.)

Now for the lakes! To explore Inks Lake, head to Inks Lake State Park with miles of hiking trails and plenty of ways to get in the water.  If you are feeling risky, I recommend cliff jumping in at the Devil’s Waterhole.  But if you are more vampire than swimmer, then go underground at Longhorn Cavern State Park to caves that have been everything from a tribal council room to a 1920′s speakeasy.

To see Lake Buchanan, hop aboard a Vanishing Texas River Cruise taking visitors upstream to experience the “wild” side of Texas.  In the winter you might even get the chance to spot bald eagles that spend the winter around the lake.  But whether you see eagles or not, you can see the beautiful 25 foot Fall Creek waterfalls, a stunning and unexpected surprise in the Texas Hill Country.  To ride through the falls or just around the lake, rent a kayak or canoe from Buchanan Adventure Tours based out of the LCRA’s beautiful Canyon of the Eagles nature park.  Which is an excellent place to stop and have dinner over the lake or spend the weekend.