Kick off healthier year with First Day Hikes (and yoga) at Texas state parks

First Day Hike at Inks Lake State Park

Blake Anderson (front), Samantha Anderson, Taylor Anderson, Sandra Clough and Caleb Clough participated in a previous First Day Hike at Inks Lake State Park. This year’s New Year’s Day hike is 1-3 p.m. Jan. 1 at the park, 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet. File photo

INKS LAKE STATE PARK

HOOVER’S VALLEY — Hike the Hill Country on a 2½-mile guided adventure with vista views atop outcroppings surrounding the lake at Inks Lake State Park.

The hike is 1-3 p.m. Meet at the Pecan Flats trailhead. Leashed dogs are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and snacks.

The entrance fee is $6 for ages 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West near Burnet.

ENCHANTED ROCK STATE NATURAL AREA

FREDERICKSBURG — Because of winter weather conditions, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has postponed its Yoga at the Rock, Run with a Ranger and First Day Hikes until Jan. 3. Check tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock for updates.

Hikes include:

  • 1.2-mile round-trip Summit Trail and 4½-mile Loop Trail
  • 1.2-mile course from Frontside Trail to Frog Pond Trail
  • 2½-mile “The Other Side of the Rock” hike
  • 1.2-mile round-trip Summit Trail

All hikes begin at the park gazebo.

Run with the Ranger will cover a 3- to 5-mile stretch on the Loop Trail.

Bring water and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for all activities. Email patty@lizarddreamingyoga.com to reserve a spot for Yoga at the Rock. Click here for more on the event.

All programs are free with a park entrance fee of $7 for ages 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located at 1670 RR 965 between Llano and Fredericksburg. Call (830) 685-3636 for more information.

PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK

JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Falls State Park is offering three hikes of varying lengths.

The five-mile Back Country Hike is 9 a.m.-noon and veers off the main trail to spots not on the park’s map. Wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water.

The 1-mile Pedernales Falls Tour is 2-3 p.m. and travels down to the park’s namesake.

The trail is fairly rugged and steep. Meet in the falls parking area.

The half-mile Twin Falls Nature Trail hike is 4-5 p.m. and ends up at the Twin Falls scenic overlook.

The trail is fairly rugged. Meet at the nature trail parking lot in the camping loop by site No. 21.

The entrance fee is $6 for ages 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Pedernales Falls State Park is located at 2585 Park Road 6026 in Johnson City. Call (830) 868-7304 for more information.

LBJ STATE PARK AND HISTORIC SITE

STONEWALL — Visitors can tour the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site on an almost 2½-mile hike starting and stopping at the visitors center and pausing at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, the LBJ Statue and the Danz cabins.

The 9 a.m. hike is easy to moderate over level terrain. Pets on six-foot leashes are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

LBJ State Park and Historic Site is located at 199 Park Road 52 in Stonewall. Call (830) 644-2252 for more information.

BLANCO STATE PARK

BLANCO — Blanco State Park is offering a 1-mile hike along the Blanco River from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. for all ages and leashed pets.

Meet at the Caswell Nature trailhead and wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen and bring water and snacks.

The entrance fee is $4 for ages 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Blanco State Park is located at 101 Park Road 23 in Blanco. Call (830) 833-4333.

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