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SPRING BREAK: Don’t forget the Texas state parks

If you’re in the Johnson City area, don’t overlook Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Road 6026. Photo by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


HOOVER’S VALLEY — Who says you have to take off across the country to have fun during Spring Break?

If you’re feeling a little adventurous or just looking for a place to escape, check out one of the wonderful state parks in the Highland Lakes.

One of the best is Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 in Hoover’s Valley (west of Burnet).

The park offers a variety of activities from fishing to kayaking. Inks Lake State Park is even one of the many state parks that participate in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s geocaching program.

Whether you’re into hiking (this park has miles and miles of trails) or just hanging out under a tree along the shore (plenty from which to choose), you can get away at Inks Lake State Park.

Just down the road from Inks Lake, is Longhorn Cavern State Park. If you just need a place to stretch your legs, Longhorn Cavern offers some nice above-ground walks. But if you want to discover what makes this park well known, then you have to head below ground.

Longhorn Cavern offers a Walking Cave Tour, which is about a mile-and-half long and easily accessible. But if you’re looking for something more adventurous, check out the Wild Cave Tour, which takes you through some of the cavern’s tightest spots.

Go to for more on the tours.

If you had to pick one of the most popular Spring Break parks in the state, it would have to be Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 RR 965 between Llano and Fredericksburg. Its “off-the-main-road” location doesn’t keep folks away. In fact, park officials recommend calling ahead as you approach the park during Spring Break and most weekends to find out if the park is full.

The massive pink granite dome at the heart of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has drawn people to the area for eons, and it’s no different today. You can explore the trails, climb the dome, rock climb, star gaze or just relax at the park.

If you’re in the Johnson City area, don’t overlook Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Road 6026. The drive is definitely worth it.

The park includes miles of hiking trails, and if you’re a horse lover, you can bring your horse and explore more than 10 miles of equestrian trails.

While the drought has left the Pedernales River a bit low, you can still find a lot to do at this park.

Go to for more information on the parks and make a pledge to “Get Outdoors” this Spring Break and this year.