Hiking the Devil’s Backbone Trail at Inks Lake State Park, Burnet

I love this hike for the great views of Inks Lake, even though it’s a popular hike with plenty of traffic. It comes in around 3 miles out and back, if we make the complete loop on Valley Spring Trail. Rated Easy to Moderate, it’s a neat hike that follows Spring Creek with plenty of places to stop along the creek and relax, or let the kids play in the water. It’s also dog-friendly! Best of all, the trail begins and ends at the Devil’s Waterhole, one of the best swimming holes, and a great place to cool off after a hike!

Know Before You Go

Inks Lake is a popular park, and fills up quickly both for camping and day use. Make reservations or arrive early before they fill up.

There’s not a lot of parking at the trailhead. Arrive early or be patient, or be prepared to hike to the hike.

There are restrooms and showers in the parking lot.

For a longer hike, take the Woodlands Trail and Pecan Flats Trail, at the South end of the park. Both trails are rated Moderate.

Keep your eyes open to spot a unique little lizard in the park, the zebra-tailed lizard! A small brown lizard, the bottom of their tail is white with black crossbars, resembling a zebra. When approached, they will raise their tail to show their colors and move it back and forth to distract a predator, and can even run a short distance on their back 2 legs!

The state park offers camping, fishing, water recreation and much more!

More Things To Do in Burnet


Take Long Mountain Rd. off Highway 29 to the old bridge, which has the coolest swing in the middle!

Explore the amazing caverns at Longhorn Caverns!


We love the burgers at Reverend Jim’s Dam Pub on Highway 29, overlooking the Lake Buchanan Dam!

Inks Lake State Park

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