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
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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
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.
Inks Lake National Fish Hatchery-
About 10 miles west.
Lake State Park-
About 12 miles west.
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.
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