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Start 2014 with First Day Hike, more at Inks Lake State Park


BURNET — If enjoying the outdoors is your New Year’s resolution, then take part in the activities at Inks Lake State Park in January starting with the First Day Hike on Jan. 1.

The 2½-mile guided, family-friendly adventure is 1-3 p.m. at the park, 3630 Park Road 4 West.

A park ranger and a Master Naturalist will lead an educational, scenic hike over outcroppings, around Inks Lake and through oak forests to Stumpy Hollow and Pecan Flats.

Participants should meet at the Pecan Flats trailhead near the park headquarters. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring water and snacks.

Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.

The program is free with the park entrance fee. Admission into Inks Lake is $6 for adults and youth 13 and older and free for children ages 12 and younger.

Other activities in January include:

  • Geology Rocks! 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 4 and 18 — Learn about local and regional geology with a one-mile hike around Devil’s Waterhole. Meet at the park headquarters with your vehicle to drive to the program site. The cost is $3 for hikers older than 6 with an entrance fee.
  • Fishing with a Ranger, 2-3 p.m. Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 — The free fishing program teaches the basics of the sport. Gear and bait are provided. No fishing licenses are needed. Meet behind the park store. Park entrance fees apply.
  • Junior Ranger Adventure, 11 a.m.-noon Jan. 11 and 25 — The family-friendly, mile-long hike to Stumpy Hollow teaches about stewardship and the fun of exploration. All ages are welcome. The cost is $3 for ages 6 and older with an entrance fee.

Contact Sean Jones at or (512) 793-4689 for more about the programs.