Located just an hour’s drive northwest of Austin in Burnet, Inks Lake State Park is one of our favorite places in the Texas Hill Country to spend time. Pack a picnic, get some fresh air, and then get some exercise on one of the many hiking trails throughout the park.

The level of the lake is pretty constant, which makes this a great year-round destination. Plan ahead for later in the year while you are there—Devil’s Watering Hole is a great place to hike in the summertime. The water is clear blue, cool, and refreshing.

Day passes are $6, and children 12 years and younger are free. Right now the park is open from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. daily, but you need to make a reservation to enter.

3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet, TX 78611


In her previous life, Kristy was an uninspired realtor who was feeling a little bit bored with her day to day. So on January 1, 2010, she made a New Year’s resolution to write about one thing to do each day in her beloved city of Austin, Texas. And thus, 365 Things Austin was born.