You can find a place to bask in the natural beauty of the Highland Lakes by camping, whether in a tent, a recreational vehicle or a rustic cabin.
Inks Lake State Park is the most notable pristine getaway. Located just outside Burnet on Park Road 4 a few miles west of U.S. 281, the park is on 1,200 acres with setups to accommodate the largest RVs, small cabins and rustic campsites. You can hike on several miles of trails.
The park hosts several events during the spring and summer, including “Go Fishing with a Ranger,” canoe skills clinics, guided hikes and even a family outdoor workshop. The park’s address is 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet. For more, call (512) 793-2223.
For primitive-camping excursions, visit Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, located south of Llano and north of Fredericksburg at 16710 RR 965, near the county line. The rock is a huge, pink granite dome rising 425 feet above ground. For more, call (830) 685-3636.
You also can check out Colorado Bend State Park, located near Bend on 5,300 acres with 15.8 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of mountain-biking trails. For more, call (325) 628-3240.
For camping with a few more amenities, try Pedernales Falls State Park, situated on 5,200 acres and featuring camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming and fishing. Head east from Johnson City on FM 2766 until you find the entrance. For more, call (830) 868-7304.
Also, visit Blanco State Park, located just off U.S. 281 in Blanco, which offers camping, swimming, picnicking, hiking, nature study and fishing. For more, call (830) 833-4333.