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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Marble Falls, Texas / Inks Lake State Park

Marble Falls area is about 50 miles west of Austin--some of the prettiest lakes are in this area which is known as the Highlands Lake area.  Sure would be nice to one of those places on the lake!  We hadn't been in this area for the last 15 years or so, and as anyplace, this area has really grown. Though Marble Falls is  only 10,000 people, you can find just about anything you need or desire there. Besides boasting some of the best lakes, it is also home to Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Caverns.   For today's adventure, we decided to visit Inks Lake State park.  We are camped about 45 min from here, so figured the caverns would have to wait another day---they are quite beautiful caverns though and a must see if you have been.  Perfect place to go when the weather is too hot.  Inks Lake State Park is huge with plenty of spacious campsites, water and electric only no sewer.  Spotless restrooms and showers near each camping loop and even some air conditioned camping shelters!  Most camping sites have plenty of shade. 

A small peek at some of the campgrounds at Inks Lake State Park.  When our kids where 6 and 8 , we camped here for a a few days right whee you see that fifth wheel parked.  There is quite a bit to do at this state park; always has been one of our favorites,

There is a great lighted fishing pier. there are quite  a few campsites in this park and some do sit on the lake...perfect!

A place to rent canoes and paddle boats.  When we were here with the kids, we rented a canoe and took a day long paddling adventure around the lake exploring.  We can't believe they cannot remember all the fun they had when they were little!!

There is a great swimming area with a sandy bottom . The water was cool but too cold to get into seeing it was close to 90 outside...after a few hours of being in the sun, you would want to jump in.

You can even bring your own tubes and just hang out for the day bobbing along.

Or you can take this trail to devil's sinkhole.

Devil's sinkhole is very popular because it  has a great jumping rock.

The water in Devil's Sinkhole is quite deep but refreshing according to Wayne.

These people are enjoying a nice summer vacation.  Click to enlarge the people jumping from the rocks.

After cooling off in the sinkhole, there is another trail that leads you to a small but serene waterfall. A bit warm hiking up that trail in the heat of the day!

After all that activity, better be sure to bring along some fresh peaches from stonewall, texas....yummy.

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