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101 FUN THINGS: Driving to your destination is sometimes the best part of the trip

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF With 100 other things to do in the Highland Lakes, you’ve got to have a way to get to them. Maybe you can walk or ride a bike, but most likely you’ll need to get in your car and drive to your next fun thing. This is the Hill Country. […]

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101 FUN THINGS: Nature, beauty attract campers to Highland Lakes state parks

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF JOHNSON CITY — Visitors from across the state will travel to Highland Lakes state parks for their next big camping adventures. “In today’s hectic lifestyle, camping allows a peaceful respite. It gets people back to nature, which a lot of people don’t get now with an urban lifestyle,” said John […]

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Spend the day floating, fishing, boating, skiing or even scuba diving at Inks Lake State Park. Photo Courtesy TPWD

Plan the perfect park trip with 17 places to pick

Whether you like a lakefront setting or a rocky climb, Highland Lakes parks can provide it all. From state to municipal, there’s a park to fit your family’s style. Here’s a list of 17 of the best parks around. Did we leave one out that you like best? Email suzanne@thepicayune.com and let us know. We’ll […]

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Bluebonnets are here

Wallow in the wonder of wildflowers in the Bluebonnet Capital of the World

The Bluebonnet Capital of the World is right here in Burnet, Texas. From about mid-March to the end of April, Burnet becomes the center of spring festivities as the Highland Lakes area bursts forth in bloom. Wildflower season rivals the fall colors of the Northeast in awe-inspiring beauty and ability to draw tourists. (more…)

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Explore the trail and waterways at Colorado Bend State Park

With, 5,300 acres of trails, campgrounds, water and wildlife, Colorado Bend State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities for any age and ability. Located near Bend, the park features 15.8 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of mountain-biking trails. Backpackers can make a night of it at one of the two primitive backpacking […]

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Play for a day at public parks in the Highland Lakes

101HL.local parks Local and community public parks in the Highland Lakes are great places for fun and relaxation, especially if you’re looking for a place to let the kids run wild in this great spring weather. Visit them all and pick your favorites: • Johnson Park, 230 Ave. J South in Marble Falls Located along […]

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Indulge in the waters at Blanco State Park

Just say, “Wow,” when you get there. Blanco State Park has it all: spring-fed waterfalls, calm swimming areas, a river stocked with fish, campgrounds and more. Each winter, the Blanco River is stocked with rainbow trout, providing anglers with a place to land some feisty fish on a regular basis. The park also is a […]

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101 Fun Things - Lake LBJ

Highland Lakes Feature: Inks Lake

Drought or no drought, one lake that is always filled and ready for sport is Inks Lake. A constant-level lake, Inks covers 831 acres with a maximum depth of 60 feet. Its 888 feet of water fluctuates by only about 1 foot a year. (more…)

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101 Fun Things - Bald Eagles

Bald eagles at home in the Highland Lakes

Many bald eagles have long called the Highland Lakes their winter home, spending November to April around Lake Buchanan. Some 10 years ago, a particular eagle couple came a little closer to civilization, building nests in two trees between the Llano River and Highway 29 between Llano and Burnet. (more…)

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Bring your home to the hills in an RV

Recreational vehicles allow people to experience the Highland Lakes at their own pace and with their own place. Whether you plan to stay a few days or several months, RVs offer lots of flexibility and many of the comforts of home. (more…)

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Inks Lake State Park: Outdoor Activities All Year

Take a ride on an electric boat, fish without a license (and with free loaner gear), hike, bike, boat or just enjoy the flora and fauna of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. You can do it all at Inks Lake State Park, located on Park Road 4 between Burnet and Marble Falls. It’s just a […]

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101 Fun Things - Canoe and Kayak

Perfect weather for a canoe or kayak on the Highland Lakes

Paddle your way across the waters of the Highland Lakes by kayak or canoe. The winter weather so far has been perfect for a nice day on the water. Bring your own or rent. (more…)

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101 Fun Things - Hiking

Hit the hiking trails in the Highland Lakes

Texas winters are mostly perfect for hiking. Two top-notch places for hitting the trail are Pedernales Falls State Park east of Johnson City and Inks Lake State Park southwest of Burnet. (more…)

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