Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood is a great place to experience the annual bluebonnet explosion in Burnet County.

Spring in the Highland Lakes has not been canceled

Schools are extending spring breaks across the state, but with events being canceled and attractions closing their doors through March, a lot of would-be vacationers are left without much to do. Well, if you’re looking for the perfect way to vacation while also practicing “social distancing,” one of the methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19, take a look at what the Highland Lakes in Burnet County has to offer.

Spring has not been canceled here. The roadways and pastures are bursting in blues, yellows, and reds as wildflower season gets underway, undaunted by global illness. Stay in a resort, rent a vacation home or lodge, and sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Highland Lakes of Burnet County. We have five lakes and multiple city, state, and national parks to camp, hike, and explore.

Here’s a taste of what Spring Break during a crisis can look like.


Take your pick: Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, and Lake Travis are teeming with fish. Reel in a largemouth bass on Lake LBJ or snag the striped variety from Lake Buchanan. Any of the Highland Lakes offer anglers excellent opportunities to land “the big one.”


Spring temperatures are rising, making Burnet County the place to cool off. Krause Springs in Spicewood is a lush oasis you need to see to believe.

Devil’s Waterhole at Inks Lake State Park is another popular swimming hole in Burnet County.


Get out and enjoy nature by trekking through the rocky and hilly terrain of a plethora of hiking trails in the Highland Lakes. Hikers of all levels of expertise have a wide selection from which to choose.

For hiking either above or below ground, check out Longhorn Cavern State Park. Above-ground exploration is free; guided cave tours have a fee.

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge offers vast wilderness open to two-legged explorers of all abilities at no cost. (Please note: Pets are not allowed at the refuge as it is a sensitive natural area.) Inks Lake State Park, another popular Burnet County destination, is loaded with trails for people and their pets to scout.


A hugely popular activity in the area, disc golf can be played on four competitive courses in the Highland Lakes. Toss a free round at Marble Falls’ Westside Park, Burnet’s Haley-Nelson Park or the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, or Spicewood’s Iron Wolf Ranch & Distillery. A spectacular and scenic pay-to-play course, Flat Creek Disc Golf Course is located at Flat Creek Vineyard & Winery in Marble Falls.


Burnet County is home to two well-maintained public golf courses: Delaware Springs Municipal Golf Course at 600 Delaware Springs Blvd. in Burnet and Hidden Falls Golf Course at 220 Meadowlakes Drive in Meadowlakes. Both courses welcome all skill levels and are open to the public seven days a week.


Perhaps you’re more of an indoor adventurer and history buff, or maybe you need a break from the sun, dig in to Highland Lakes history. The Falls on the Colorado Museum is a treasure waiting to be explored. Rich in history, this museum spans prehistoric Burnet County through modern history, including exhibits on Rockie the 700-year-old bison and Mayor Birdie Harwood, the first female mayor of Marble Falls and the United States.

Another area museum contains history that still soars the skies at the Highland Lakes squadron of the Commemorative Air Force. Vintage aircraft and memorabilia fill this spacious and free museum located at the Burnet Municipal Airport.

Hill Country Motorheads in Burnet boasts a collection of more than 100 motorcycles and does charge admission.

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