10 Big, Brave and Bold Adventures in Burnet, Texas

If you’re looking for an adrenaline packed weekend, look no further than the Texas Hill Country town of Burnet!  This town on Scenic Hwy 281 stretches West to Lake Buchanan, the largest of the Highland Lakes on the Colorado River, and offers many fun, heart-pumping activities and things to see and do!

Swing on bridge over Inks Lake in Burnet, Tx.

1,   Check out this swing on this old bridge over Inks Lake! We came across this swing suspended on an old, unused bridge over Inks Lake. I don’t know who or put it there, or how long it will be there, I don’t even know if it’s safe! But there was a line of people taking pictures and we had fun on this completely unexpected and unique experience! It’s located off County Rd. 301, and if you visit, be sure to use care!

Longhorn Caverns State Park in Burnet, TX.

2. Longhorn Caverns State Park   Each of the tour caverns in Texas has something that makes it unique, and the history of Longhorn Caverns, which was used as a speakeasy, a hideout and even a bomb shelter, is reason enough to visit!  The truly brave will skip the regular tour for a Wild Cave Tour, that involves dark passageways, crawling and just all around awesomeness!

Cliff jumping at Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, TX. 

3.   Cliff Jumping at the Devil’s Watering Hole in Inks lake State Park   Not for the mild, thrill-seekers can climb up to the top of the cliff, and then ascend up a boulder to a height of over 20′ above the lake below!  The very popular state park also offers hiking on Devil’s Backbone and kayak and canoe rentals on the lake (rentals currently suspended due to Covid), as well as RV and tent camping, or cabins.  You can also just lounge around in a tube, because sometimes the most daring thing we do is putting on a swimsuit! Jump at your own risk!

4.   Vanishing Texas River Cruise  Whether you are searching out the waterfalls along the cliffs on Lake Buchanan, or one of the winter nesting bald eagles, there’s never a shortage of things to see on these fun cruises!

5.   Canyon of the Eagles Resort   This lakeside resort offers kayaking rentals and tours to the falls, hiking and Dark Sky Parties at their Eagle Eye Observatory!

6.   Stay in the Tree House Yurt  Imagine spending the weekend escaping all the noise and hustle-bustle while you lounge around in this incredible yurt built in a tree!

7. Bluebonnet Festival   This annual homage to the bluebonnets that grow freely throughout Burnet each Spring may not be a risky adventures, but you’ll have a great time with family-friendly activities, live music, food and much more!

8.   Fort Croghan Museum  Take a step back in time to experience the adventure of pioneer life!  This FREE museum offers hands-on activities, and will definitely make you appreciate the simple luxuries we take for granted today!

9.   Reverend Jim’s Dam Pub   There’s not much dangerous about this biker bar sitting below the Buchanan Lake Dam, but the seriously delicious cheeseburgers might be addictive!

10.   Spider Mountain Bike Park   This mountain bike park has a ski lift that takes riders up the mountain to ride back down, which is definitely exciting!  For those of us more mild than wild, you can just ride up to the top to enjoy the view, then ride back down again!  A lake front lodge also offers boat rentals and much more!

11.   Reveille Peak Ranch Quarry Diving  Certified divers can enjoy the ranch’s 100′ deep old granite quarry, which boast over 20′ of visibility!

Honorable Mention goes to Happy Scoops Ice Cream, because it’s just amazing, all made in-house, and the banana is just the very best!  Be brave enough to order two scoops!

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