Inks Lake State Park kicking off November schedule with Not-So-Spooky Hike

FROM STAFF REPORTS

BURNET — Inks Lake State Park is kicking off its November schedule of activities with a Not-So-Spooky Hike on Nov. 1.

The kid-friendly, one-mile hike to Stumpy Hollow is 8-9 p.m. at the park, 3630 Park Road 4 West. Bring a flashlight and show off your costumes from Halloween. The hike starts at Pecan Flats trailhead. It’s free with a park entrance fee.

Entrance fees are $6 for ages 13 and older; $3 for Texas residents 65 and older; and free for ages 12 and younger.

Other hikes include:

• Stumpy Hollow hike — 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2, 16 and 30. Join a Highland Lakes Master Naturalist on a one-hour hike to Stumpy Hollow as you learn about animal habitats and vegetation along the way. Free with entrance fee. Meet at Pecan Flats trailhead.

• Hike the Hill Country — 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 23. Take a challenging four-plus-mile hike over rock outcrops with views of the lake and Hoover’s Valley. Bring water and a snack. Free with entrance fee. Meet at Pecan Flats trailhead.

• Geology Rocks — 9-11 a.m. Nov. 9 and 23. Learn about the local geology on a hike to Devil’s Waterhole. Cost is $3 for ages 6 and older with entrance fee. Meet at the park headquarters in your vehicle to drive to the program site.

Special events include:

• Survival Series: Edible Plants — 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 16 and 30. Learn about edible plants found in Central Texas along with their dangerous look-a-likes. Cost is $3 with entrance fee. Meet at the amphitheater, but come prepared for a short hike.

• Geocaching 101 workshop — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 2, 16 and 30. Learn the basics of geocaching for a modern-day treasure hunt. Cost is $3 with entrance fee. Meet at the back porch of the park store. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water for a short hike.

• Pedal Off the Pie Trail Ride — noon-1 p.m. Nov. 29. Take a 2.5-mile bike ride to Pecan Flats and back with stops to view the natural features of the park. All ages and experience levels welcome. Free with entrance fee. Meet at Pecan Flats trailhead.

Other program include:

• Tackle Loaner Program — The park store loans out free poles and tackle boxes to fish on the lake.

• Junior Ranger Explorer Packs — The park store offers free daypacks filled with gear and information to explore Inks Lake on your own. Limited availability.

• Fishing with a Ranger — 4-5 p.m. Fridays. Learn the basics of fishing. Free with park entrance. Meet behind the park store.

• Electric boat ride — 5-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Take a sunset jaunt on an electric boat while learning about the wildlife and the features of the park. Weather permitting. Limit eight passengers per trip. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, children and Texas State Park Pass holders with entrance fee. Meet behind the park store.

To register for programs, visit or call the park headquarters at (512) 793-2223. For more information about the programs, call the park interpreter at (512) 793-4689.

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