Great Texas Wildlife Trails

Stone Bluffs Loop

Stone Bluffs Loop map

Stone Bluffs Loop mapMoses Hughes Historic Ranch B&BBarefoot Camp and RV ParkSulphur Springs CampColorado Bend State ParkCanyon of the EaglesInks Lake State ParkLonghorn Cavern State ParkVerandas Guest House

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More information:

  • Lampasas COC
    512-556-5172, www.lampasaschamber.org
  • Burnet COC
    512-756-4297, www.burnetchamber.org
  • Inks Lake/ Lake Buchanan COC
    512-793-2803, www.highlandlakes.com/chamber
  • Marble Falls COC
    800-759-8178, www.marblefalls.org

016.gif HOTE 016 Moses Hughes Historic Ranch B&B

Site is now closed to the public and will be removed from the next edition of the Heart of Texas East Wildlife Trail map.

 

017.gif HOTE 017 Barefoot Camp and RV Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

Continue west on FM 580 for 16.5 miles, across the Colorado River, to stop sign. Turn left and follow signs 0.8 mile to park entrance. Turn left and continue 1.3 miles to office.

This site has 3 miles of frontage on the Colorado River, all of which is available to birders and wildlife enthusiasts. The river frontage is unimproved and provides spectacular views of the bluffs on the opposing side of the river. Oak and hardwood thickets along the riverbanks provide excellent habitat for a variety of passerines including White-eyed Vireo, Prothonotary Warbler, and Summer Tanager. Waterfowl winter on the river, egrets and herons are easily seen fishing in the shallows, and the bluffs provide habitat for Canyon Wren.

Phone: 325-628-3395.

018.gif HOTE 018 Sulphur Springs Camp

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

Return to the main road and turn left, continue 2.2 miles to signed entrance. Turn left and go 2.8 miles to office.

This full-service camp provides RV hookups, cabins, and primitive campsites along 3 miles of Colorado River frontage. The habitat here is excellent for a variety of birds that include Belted Kingfisher, Nashville Warbler, Canyon Wren, egrets, and herons. The road that follows the river makes a memorable nature hike. Look for swallow nests attached to the cliff faces. The most dominant feature of the campground is the natural sulphur spring that comes out of a rock face and maintains a constant temperature of 68 degrees.

Phone: 325-628-3252.

019.gif HOTE 019 Colorado Bend State Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

Return to main road, turn left, and follow signs 6.6 miles to park headquarters.

This 5300-acre state park offers the outdoor enthusiast access to primitive camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, birding, wildlife viewing, and guided tours. The park has 12.3 miles of hiking trails and 10.6 miles of mountain bike trails. When Lake Buchanan is near normal levels, the river is navigable from the park’s boat ramp all the way to the lake, approximately 10 miles. This is a trip on slow moving water through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado. The park also offers guided tours to Gorman Falls and guided cave tours, both walking and crawling.

Birders can enjoy viewing some of 155 species of birds found in the park, including specialties such as Golden-cheeked Warblers, Black-capped Vireos, and Bald Eagles. Gorman Falls is an impressive, 60-foot-high waterfall. The falls’ travertine formations and associated lush vegetation make it one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Texas. Small travertine dams have formed quiet pools of clear water which support a variety of aquatic communities.

Phone: 325-628-3240. Colorado State Park page

020.gif HOTE 020 Canyon of the Eagles

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

Return to Lampasas and go south on US 281 for 21.9 miles to TX 29 West in Burnet. Turn right and go 3.3 miles to FM 2341. Go north 15.1 miles to entrance.

This 940-acre nature lodge and park sits on the edge of Lake Buchanan, providing extensive nature trails, beautiful Hill Country vistas, and a variety of lodging and activities. Dense oak-juniper woodlands and open shrub communities support Black-capped Vireo, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Osprey, Deer, Raccoon, Ringtail, and Fox. Bald Eagles winter on Lake Buchanan and the Vanishing Texas River Cruise, leaving from the boat dock area, offers guests a chance to experience the majesty of these beautiful birds. Binoculars and guidebooks are available for visitors. Activities include scheduled natural history programs, special cruises, astronomy at an outdoor observatory, nature walks, and presentations on Texas and local history. The site also offers camping (both tent and RV), a restaurant and a gift shop.

Phone: 800-977-0081. www.canyonoftheeagles.com

021.gif HOTE 021 Inks Lake State Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: Spring, Summer, Fall

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

Return to TX 29 West, turn right, and go 5.7 miles to PR 4. Go south 3.2 miles to signed entrance.

This 1200-acre state park provides excellent lakeshore, grassland, and woodland habitat. The park is a panorama of juniper and oak woodlands, wildflowers, and pink granite outcroppings. White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey, Bobwhite Quail, songbirds, and other wildlife are abundant in the park. Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers are common residents, and twelve species of sparrow have been seen at the park. Guided wildlife watching canoe trips and almost 8 miles of hiking and backpacking trails add to the wide range of activities, which include swimming, fishing, and canoe/paddleboat rental. Camping (tent and RV) and cabins are available.

Phone: 512-793-2223. Inks Lake State Park page

022.gif HOTE 022 Longhorn Cavern State Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: Spring, Summer, Fall

Site open for day use only. Fee charged.

Return to PR 4 South and follow 6.3 miles to the signed entrance.

The dominant feature of the park is Longhorn Cavern, a cave bored out of the limestone by the powerful water flows of millennia. The downward drainage continued until great underground stream beds were cut out of solid rock. The cave has been used by man since prehistoric times. Among legends about the cave is one that the outlaw Sam Bass hid a $2 million cache of stolen money inside. Regularly scheduled walking tours featuring the rich history and natural features of the cave are available. Special crawling tours are also available. The park includes 2 miles of hiking trails through juniper-oak woodland that provides nesting habitat for Golden-cheeked Warblers. A small population of Eastern Pipistrelle bats inhabits the cave. The impressive structures in the park were built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Phone: 877-441-CAVE; 830-598-CAVE. Longhorn Cavern State Park page

023.gif HOTE 023 Verandas Guest House

Suggested Seasons to visit: Spring, Summer, Fall

Site open for day use only. Fee charged.

Return to PR 4 and go east 5.9 miles to US 281. Go north on U.S. 281 for 4.7 miles to Burnet. Turn east/right on League Street. The guest house is 2 blocks down on the left, at 108 East League.

This B&B in Burnet has a wonderful flower garden that includes butterfly bush, antique roses, rosemary, cardinal flower, wisteria, esperanza, turk’s cap, trumpet vine, cenizo, desert willow, verbena, lantana, and salvia. The garden attracts a variety of butterflies from spring through fall. Monarchs congregate here by the thousands during the October migration. Access to a 1300-acre ranch with numerous wildlife watching opportunities can be arranged by request.

For a unique experience, visitors can view the countryside from the Hill Country Flyer, a steam train that runs between Burnet and Cedar Park. Trains run on weekends only and board at Cedar Park. For information, call the Austin Steam Train Association at 512-477-8468.

Phone: 512-715-0190.


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