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State Parks near Llano Texas

Camping & Climbing - Located primarily in Llano County, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is 22 miles south of Llano on Ranch Road 965. The Rock boasts 40 percent of the best climbs in the state. The diversity of its surface provides some exceptionally challenging face climbs and numerous crack climbs.  Opened year-round, the park has 46 tent sites with tent-pads, picnic tables, overhead shelters, barbecue pits, and fire rings. An attractive playground and modern restroom facilities, complete with solar-heated showers, are available to campers.

For the adventuresome backpackers, the park has three remote camping areas. Each of the remote areas is equipped with composting toilets.   In the picnic area provided for day visitors there are 63 picnic tables, a playground and restrooms. The park also has a group pavilion for the use of up to 75 persons, by reservation only.  There are several designated hiking trails so visitors can explore the more remote areas of this 1,643-acre park. Call (915)247-3903 for information.

 

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INKS LAKE STATE PARK: Inks Lake State Park is a 1,200 acre panorama of cedar and oak woodlands, wildflowers, and pink granite outcroppings. The park borders Inks Lake, and recreational opportunities at the park include swimming, boating, canoeing, water skiing, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing. Deer, turkey, quail, numerous songbirds, and other species of wildlife are abundant here.

Campsites and shelters accommodate up to eight persons, with a combination of motor vehicles and trailers not to exceed two. Picnic table, BBQ grill and restrooms with hot showers are nearby. There is no lifeguard on duty for swimming. The park also offers two fishing piers and two fish cleaning shelters, a two-lane boat ramp, a nine hole golf course with clubs, pull carts and golf carts for rent. There is a playground and concession facility at the park which offers groceries, picnic supplies, canoe, boat, and paddleboat rentals.

 

colbend.jpg (27354 bytes)COLORADO BEND STATE PARK: This park offers a wide spectrum of outdoor recreational opportunities including fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, guided nature and caving tours, bird watching, mineral study, and photography. Among the parks "specialty items," are its crystal-clear creeks dammed along their length with striking growths of travertine, a mineral precipitate from calcium-carbonate rich waters.

Two large parking areas by the Colorado River accommodate up to 300 vehicles and include primitive tent camping facilities with drinking water, chemical toilets, and a fish-cleaning table. Fires are permitted only in designated areas. RVs and trailers must be self-contained.

Colorado Bend State Park is located on RR 580 between San Saba and Lampasas. For further assistance, and information contact Colorado Bend State Park, Box 118, Bend, Texas 76824. Phone: 915/628-3240.

LBJ STATE PARK: 710-acre park (day use only) is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer and offers picnic facilities, swimming pool, tennis courts and nature trail. Wildlife displays include Texas Longhorns, white-tailed deer and buffalo. Historic buildings include two restored dog-run cabins of area pioneers, furnished in frontier style, and the Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead (open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.in the summer) where rural life of the early 1900's is interpreted by living history demonstrations. Open daily on US 290 just east of Stonewall.

BLACK ROCK PARK: A public boat ramp, primitive camping, RV sites, dump station, playground, bathrooms, swimming, and fishing is available at Black Rock Park. A fee is collected for overnight camping. To locate the park go west from Burnet on HWY 29 for approximately 13 miles, turn right on HWY 261 and continue up the road until you see the sign to the park.

LBJ STATE PARK: 710-acre park (day use only) is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer and offers picnic facilities, swimming pool, tennis courts and nature trail. Wildlife displays include Texas Longhorns, white-tailed deer and buffalo. Historic buildings include two restored dog-run cabins of area pioneers, furnished in frontier style, and the Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead (open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.in the summer) where rural life of the early 1900's is interpreted by living history demonstrations. Open daily on US 290 just east of Stonewall.

LADY BIRD JOHNSON PARK: A 190-acre municipal park featuring fully equipped RV sites, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, picnicking plus a small lake for sailboats, canoes, and pedal boats. Located on Highway 16, 3.5 miles south of Fredericksburg.

PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK: This 4,800-acre scenic park features picturesque waterfalls, abundant animal and bird life, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, and hiking. Located approximately eight miles east of Johnson City on FM 2766.

ROBINSON CITY PARK: On the banks of the Llano River, the park offers picnic and playground areas, a golf course, swimming pool and fishing. The park also has an excellent swimming hole on the Llano River next to the dam. The adjacent 100 RV camping sites, community center and rodeo grounds are operated by the Llano County Community Center. Located on FM 152 about two miles west of the courthouse. For information on camping call 915/247-2551.

SHAW ISLAND PARK: This park offers fifteen sites, primitive camping, group camping, no charge, no reservations. To locate Shaw Island Park go west from Burnet on HWY 29 for about 13 miles, turn right on HWY 261, and continue up the road until you see signs to the park.

BURNET PARK: This is a public boat ramp site. There is no camping. To locate the park go west from Burnet on HWY 29 for about ten miles. Turn right on HWY 690, take a left when you see the boat ramp sign.

CEDAR POINT RESOURCE AREA: Covering about 400 acres, the Lower Colorado River Authority's Cedar Point Resource Area is the largest of the few publicly owned tracts on Lake Buchanan. As part of LCRA's Primitive Recreation System- areas left relatively unimproved to retain their basic natural appeal- the Cedar Point Resource Area is ideal for those who like to "rough it." There are access roads, parking areas, a single-lane boat ramp, fire rings for campsites, and informational signs to help guide visitors, but no tables, running water, or restrooms.

Approximately three miles of shoreline span the north side of Cedar Point and another third of a mile stretches on the southeast side at Maxwell's Slough. There are no designated swimming areas. Roads and pathways, cut into the land long-ago, serve as hiking trails. Cedar Point, open year-round and free of charge, is located 25 miles northeast of Llano near the community of Tow. From Llano to the east take FM 2241 and turn north at Bluffton. Travel approximately four miles and turn right on FM 3014, then to .3 of a mile to the main site entrance. From Buchanan Dam, to the south, take Highway 261 to Bluffton and follow the same directions.

 

 

 

 

 

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