Inks Lake State Park

I can’t believe it took us so long to visit Inks Lake State Park. It’s only an hour or so north of Austin in Burnet so it’s super convenient for a weekend getaway – which is exactly what we did.

We escaped out to Inks Lake to camp in their primitive sites. The hike in to the primitive sites was only a mile so this park would be great for beginner backpackers or testing gear. I always make reservations for Texas State Park campsites because some have gotten really popular but there were definitely open sites the weekend that we went. There are designated sites in the primitive area but they are pretty well spread apart. We were in site D and really liked it. Our site was clear and flat with some trees for shade.

When we checked in at the ranger station, he asked us if we knew what we were getting into. I now wonder if he lowkey meant there was no toilet paper in the bathroom in the primitive area. Luckily we pack our own.

There are just enough trails for a weekend exploration. The trails are really well-marked and easy to follow. Be aware that many of the trails weren’t shaded so it’s probably scorching to hike here in the heat. The views of the lake were beautiful and we enjoyed eating lunch on the rocks.

I always get so excited about our post-backpacking meals. On our way home, we stopped in Marble Falls and had lunch at the River City Grill. The food was classic American comfort food with a patio overlooking the lake.

I will definitely keep Inks Lake in my rotation of state parks for backpacking. We went in the fall and weather was perfect for exploring and splashing during the day.


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