Attractions in the Burnet area include the Highland Lakes, Longhorn Cavern, Inks Lake State Park, the Historic Burnet Square, the Highland Lakes Air Museum, and much more.
Burnet is located just east of Lake Buchanan and the city of Buchanan Dam and north of Marble Falls. Spring is the perfect time to explore Burnet, named “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas” by the 67th Texas Legislature.
Fort Croghan Museum – Is a restored powder house consisting of stone and log buildings. The historical museum features rotating exhibits, restored carriages, old guns, furniture, and relics depicting local frontier days. It is open April through August, Thurs. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is on Texas 29 west. For information, call 512/756-8281.
Highland Lakes CAF Air Museum – This Museum is the headquarters for Confederate Air Force Hill Country Squadron. It features WWII fighter planes, firearms, photographs, and memorabilia. It is located at the Municipal Airport, south on U.S. 281. There is an admission fee. It is open Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 – 5 p.m. Call 512-756-2226 or visit http://www.highlandlakessquadron.com/ for information.
While visiting, enjoy “Art in the Park” by Hamilton Creek, or visit historical Fort Croghan.
Take a leisurely drive through the flower-strewn hills to Inks Lake State Park, Canyon of the Eagles (with its famed Vanishing Texas River Cruise), or explore Longhorn Caverns.
Discover the Lakes, Hills and History in its springtime finest!
Longhorn Cavern State Park – Located about 11 miles southwest of town via U.S. 281, on Park Road 4, this park is two miles of underground fantasy. These fantastical underground caverns were the site of a secret gunpowder manufacturer for Confederate armies and later became an outlaw hideout. Cave tours are supplemented by beautiful nature trails. If all that hiking makes you hungry, you’re in luck! There is a snack bar near the entrance of the Park. The museum in the park displays Indian artifacts as well as frontier and Civil War items. Call 512-756-6976 or visit https://visitlonghorncavern.com/ for tour information.
Black Rock Park – Located on Lake buchanan 18 miles west of Burnet on Texas 261 north from Texas 29, with access via Texas 29 west and R.M. 2341 north, Black Rock Park is a public facility on the western shore of Lake Buchanan. Camping, swimming, fishing, and boating are offered. To make reservations, please visit https://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/black-rock-park.aspx .
Burnet County Park – Excellent fishing camp on east side of Lake Buchanan.
Eagle Eye Observatory – Designed and built in cooperation with the Austin Astronomical Society, the Eagle Eye Observatory is one of the few public access observatories in the country. Facilities include several large 22-inch telescopes as well as pedestals and decks for the public’s use in setting up their own scopes. It offers star parties and programs. Call 800-977-0081 or visit http://canyonoftheeagles.com/eagle-eye-observatory/ for information.
Inks Lake State Park – Located about 12 miles west of Burnet, this beautiful park covers 2,000 acres on Inks Lake southeast of Buchanan Dam. Camping, shelters, trailers, rest rooms, picnicking, groceries, fishing, swimming, boats, golf, nature study, and hiking are available. Visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/inks-lake for more information.
Enjoy a relaxing drive through the spectacular Texas Hill Country on wide-open roads lined with breath-taking flowers and trees. Relish views only available in the Hill Country. You’ll feel like you’re light years away from a crowded freeway…because you are.
And, you won’t have to pick up and move. No packing and unpacking. You can make yourself at home and still experience a multitude of adventures that are fun for the whole family.
Here are just a few of the possibilities: