Burnet- Nestled at the edge of the spectacular Texas Hill Country about 50 miles northwest of Austin, amidst the beautiful Highland Lakes, is the historic community of Burnet. Burnet was originally established in the mid 1800's as a fort on the Texas frontier. Modern Burnet has kept with its pioneering routes while also adapting to the modern age. Today Burnet is considered the jewel of the Highland Lakes.
Throughout the year, the City of Burnet offers a vast array of events and activities for all ages. From the spring splash of bluebonnets and wildflowers to the fall festival of arts on the Arts and Crafts Trail, from the winter wonderland of the spectacular Christmas musical light display to the summer frontier shoot-outs and vintage steam train tours, Burnet is alive with sights and sounds that make it one of the Hill Country's most popular destination spots in the state of Texas.
Hill Country Flyer, 512 477 8468, . A scenic 2-hour train ride through the Hill Country and into Austin, especially scenic during mid-spring when the hills are covered in bluebonnets. Normally pulled by an old steam engine which is currently under restoration. In the meantime the route still runs, pulled by a 60s diesel engine.
Lake Buchanan, a few miles west, has several attractions:
Black Rock Park, 512 389 8900. Texas 261 north of highway 29. 25-acre public access facility on the west shore of the lake, with a sandy beach, playground, boat ramp, and swimming areas. Camping and cabin lodging are available.
Eagle Eye Observatory, . A public access sky observatory on the grounds of Canyon of the Eagles park, run by the Austin Astronomical Society.
Canyon of the Eagles, . A 900-acre nature park on the north shore. An on-site lodge provides lodging.