THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO INKS LAKE STATE PARK
Inks Lake State Park is located in Burnet, Texas a little over an hour north west of Austin. It’s crisp waters attract cliff jumpers and kayaker’s alike during every season but especially in the heat of summer. Some say it’s main attraction is Devils Water Hole, a 40 foot cliff jumping location located along the lake. But that’s not all this park has to offer. It spans over 1200 acres and is full of outdoor activities for every outdoor adventurer. You can spend the day swimming, fishing, kayaking, boating, hiking, and even scuba diving here. The park is made up mostly of beautiful hills full of prickly pear cactus and cedar trees and stunning hill country views.
Inks Lake State Park: Map
When to visit Inks Lake State Park
The best time to visit Inks Lake State Park is from March- September when spring is beginning to blossom and the temperatures are warm enough to enjoy all the water activities. There is still plenty to do inside the park outside of these months like bird watch and hike. During the winter months Texas still sees plenty of sunny 75 degree days making it the ideal time to enjoy all the hiking the park has to offer. Please practice leave no trace and as always be sure to drink plenty of water, especially in the heat of summer.
Things to do in Inks Lake
- cliff jump at the Devil’s Water Hole
- bird watch
- water ski
- kayak, paddle board, canoe
(boat rentals available at the general store, but are unavailable until further notice)
Junior Ranger Program
Pick up a free activity journal and encourage your children to explore through a guided nature walk, geology hike, canoe tour, and more!
Check their events page to see what they have to offer during your visit to the park.
Inks Lake State Park: Entrance Fees and Camping
Entrance Fees: Children 12 & under: Fee
Adults: $6 Daily (Day Use)
Inks Lake State Park: Camping
–Campsites with electricity: $23 per night. People allowed per site: 8
Amenities include- 30-50 amp hookup, water hookups, picnic tables, restroom & showers, fire pit
– Campsites with electricity (Tent only): $21per night. People allowed per site: 4.
Amenities include: water, electricity, restrooms and showers nearby, picnic table
–Campsites with water: $16 per night. People allowed per site: 8
Amenities include: water hookup, lantern post, picnic table, restrooms and showers nearby
–Primitive (hike in): $11 per night. People allowed per site: 4
no water provided, no ground fires allowed, primitive toilet on trail
–Cabins: $55 Per night. People allowed per site: 4
Amenities include a/c, ceiling fan, double twin bunk beds, water hookup, 30 amp hookup, no pets, outdoor grill, picnic table
The park has several natural wonders to marvel at. It sits in the geological heart of Texas and has some of the best geology in the entire state. The pink rock shooting up out of the limestone is often mistaken for granite when in actuality it’s metamorphic rock called gneiss nice. There are also several species of wildlife living in the park such as white tail deer, armadillos, rabbits, cayotes, and foxes. Be sure to also make a stop into the bird blind to catch a glimpse at all the different types of birds that call inks lake home.
Devils Water Hole Trail
The hike to Devil’s Water Hole is a short and sweet one. Make sure you bring a float so you can people watch from the water jump off the top of that boulder. We have spent hours watching people embrace their fears and plunge into the water. Devils Water Hole is easily of the best swimming holes in Texas. Since it’s a slope you can pick any height to jump from appealing to cliff jumpers of all ages/ adrenaline levels.
Valley Spring Creek Waterfall Trail
If you keep following the trail from Devil’s Water Hole you’ll see the trailhead. Take the path to the right and you’ll climb up to a ridge that overlooks a waterfall that flows right in front of the devils water hole. When the water levels are high you can slide down this waterslide and drop off into a pool of water. The hike is fairly easy and completely doable for all ages.
For more hiking trails at Inks Lake State Park check out the All Trails list of best hiking trails.
Nearby Places to Explore:
If you’re visiting the park for a while and looking for a few other things to do, here are some nearby places to consider exploring:
- Longhorn Caverns State Park
- Sweet Berry Farms
- Lake Buchanan
- Falkenstein Castle
- Vanishing Texas Cruises
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