Burnet Population 4,735 Altitude 1,319

General -

Seat of Burnet County, town grew around frontier Fort Croghan, established in 1849. One of the most ancient geological areas of the world. Features outcropping of granite and famous Longhorn Cavern. Nearby White Bluff characterized by beautiful formations created by running and dripping water; on F. M. 2341 off Texas 29, about 15 miles northwest.

Year-round tourist destination. Named the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas by the 67th Texas Legislature; also known for the beautiful displays of wildflowers each Spring. Antique shopping on historic square. Camping facilities and excellent fishing on nearby Highland Lakes. Hunters take deer, wild turkey, and dove in season. For information on attractions, accomodatios, and special events, call the chamber of commerce at (512) 756-4297. Delaware Springs Golf Course 18-hole municipal golf course on U. S. 281 south of town. Open daily from daylight to dark. (512)756-8471.

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Black Rock Park-

About 18 miles west on Lake Buchanan.

Burnet County Park-

Excellent fishing camp on east side of Lake Buchanan. Access via Texas 29 west, R. M. 2341 north.

Fort Croghan Museum-

restored powder house, stone and log buildings. Exhibits, restored carriages, old guns, furniture, and relics depicting local frontier days. Open Mon.-Sat. 8a.m.-5p.m., Sun. 1-4p.m. On Texas 29 west.

Highland Lakes CAF Air Museum-

Headquarters for Confederate Air Force Hill Country Squadron. Features WWII fighter planes, firearms, photographs, and memorabilia. Open 9a.m.-5p.m., Sun. 1-5p.m. At Burnet Municipal Airport, south on U. S. 281; (512) 756- 2226. Admission.

Highland Lakes Golf Course-

On shore of Inks Lake.

Steam excursion train runs through Hill Country from Cedar Park City Hall near U. S. 183 and R. M. 1431 near Austin to Burnet. Train pulled by engine No. 786, a 75 year old steam locomotive once displayed in downtown Austin. Ride is two hours through scenic countryside. Two hour return trip following short layover in Burnet for dining and shopping. Departures are Sat. and Sun. at 10a.m. For information: (512) 477-8468. Fare.

Inks Lake National Fish Hatchery-

About 10 miles west.

Inks Lake State Park-

About 12 miles west.

Lakes-Buchanan and Inks.

Longhorn Cavern State Park-

Two miles of underground fantasy; home of prehistoric cavemen, site of secret gunpowder manufacturer for confederate armies, later an outlaw hideout. Cave tours supplemented by nature trails; snack bar. Museum displays Indian artifacts, frontier and Civil War items. Open daily except Christmas and Christmas Eve. About 11 miles southwest via U. S. 281, Park Road 4. Admission. 512/756-4680.

Scenic Drives-

among best is Texas 29 west and R. M. 2341 northwest, a beautiful route to Spider Mountain, which, according to legend, was Indian burial ground. Below landmark is Bee Bluff, noted fishing spot. R. M. 2342 offers excellent landscape views, especially at turnout near confluence of Llano and Colorado Rivers.

Vanishing Texas River Cruise-

Hill Country wildlife and scenery viewed from enclosed, 60-foot tour boat on 23,00-acre Lake Buchanan year round. From mid-Nov. through Feb., cruise visits wintering grounds of American Bald Eagles. Cruise length about 2-1/2 hours; daily, except Tues., at 11a.m.; also at 3p.m. Sat. and Sun. A sleek new craft, the "Osprey", offers a four hour trip covering 36 miles, including a visit to Colorado Bend State Park where passengers can hike, picnic, or swim. Craft features a shallow three-inch draft at cruising speed of 40 mph and an unhampered 360 degree view of the scenery for riders. "Osprey" departs from dock Sat. at 10a.m. and 4p.m., Sun. 11a.m. Schedules vary with demand during week. Also a tour of Lake Buchanan with stop at Fall Creek Vineyards is offered Wed. and Fri. at 10a.m. The Fall Creek tour includes visit to winery and a sampling of the vineyard's award-winning wines. Make reservations for all cruises; (512)756-6986. Drive west three miles on Texas 29; northwest 13.5 miles on R. M. 2341. Cruise fee.

Burnet Chamber of Commerce


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