1. Woodland Trail
Inks Lake State Park is home to this rugged backcountry trail that takes you through oak woodlands, over rocky outcrops, and provides scenic views. Much of this hike is unshaded — bring plenty of water for the whole gang. Parking is available along Park Road 4 or park at the trailhead parking lot near Park HQ and hike the Lake Trail to connect with the Woodland Trail.
2. Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center offers a beautiful, semi-private Uplands Trail that winds through a dynamic Live Oak and Ashe Juniper savanna, ending at a picturesque grotto. You will be amazed by the beauty and stillness of nature and learn many interesting facts about the protected land from your knowledgeable tour guide. Operating as a reservation-only experience, be sure to buy your tickets online before heading out of town.
3. Rimrock Trail
Balcones Canyonlands is a national wildlife refuge located in the Texas Hill Country and is a must-add to your fall itinerary. If you want to get your heart pumping, the most strenuous refuge trail is Rimrock Trail. It is a vigorous hike taking you to the top of the plateau, where you will find spectacular panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country. From the Rimrock Trail, you can access the Shin Oak Trail and the Indiangrass Trail. This park is not dog friendly, so pleaser leave fido at home!
4. Summit Trail
Arguably the most famous state park in Texas, Enchanted Rock State Park is a must-see. We recommend the Summit Trail to be completed at least once, as it takes you up to the top of the enchanted rock. There are plenty of other hiking trails in the park that don't have quite as much incline, such as Loop Trail and Scenic Trail. Access to trails is limited if you have dogs with you, so plan accordingly.
5. Backbone Creek Hike & Bike Trail
Backbone Creek Hike & Bike Trail is approximately 1.3 miles long, running along Backbone creek from Lakeside Park to Westside Park in Marble Falls. The trail surface is 10 feet wide and combines asphalt and granite gravel. Points of interest along the trail include Lakeside Park, Falls Creek Park and Skatepark, Andrea's Pass Waterfall, Johnson Park, Madelyn's Crossing, and Westside Park. There is also a good chance to spot wildlife, including squirrels, ducks, foxes, fish, turtles, armadillos, deer, turkeys, and various species of birds.