6 Beautiful Lakes in the Texas Hill Country
The Texas Hill Country is home to a number of beautiful lakes. Instead of listing them all, we’ve picked out a six that we think are worth checking out; which ones you decide to visit will depend on where in the hill country you’re staying, and how far you’re willing to drive.
1) Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake is one of the premier Texas lakes. It’s nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and is truly a place of beauty. It’s fed from the amazing Guadalupe River, and has plenty of boat ramps. If you’re taking a vacation near Wimberley, it’s only about a 30-minute drive, and well worth the trip. There are several boat rental companies in the area if you’re interested in exploring the lake a bit, or you can bring a nice picnic to enjoy at one of the many parks along the lakefront.
2) Hamilton Pool Reserve
The Hamilton Pool Reserve is a true jewel of the Texas hill country. With beautiful hills and mountainous terrain, it’s a great place to hike before taking a dip in the crystal clear waters. It’s important to get there early, as parking is limited, and if they’re at capacity they will ask you to come back later. The area is home to waterfalls and an awesome open cave. The reserve isn’t a far drive from the Dripping Springs and Austin areas.
3) Blanco State Park
(Currently closed due to flooding)
If you’re looking for a great place to go swimming, hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing, or you just want to enjoy some beautiful nature, Blanco State Park is a great place to spend the day. You can also rent tubes or canoes on-site. There are many great nearby attractions as well, such as the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, Pedernales Falls State Park, Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area, Canyon Lake, Cascade Caverns, and Natural Bridge Caverns.
4) Lake Marble Falls
Lake Marble Falls is a reservoir on the Colorado River in the Texas Hill Country. It’s a great place to rent a boat, and go wakeboarding, water skiing or tubing and have some fun. It’s not as busy (visitor-wise) as some of the other lakes on our list, but that doesn’t make it any less great. Be sure to stay to catch the beautiful sunset for a chance to take some breathtaking pictures.
5) Lake Travis
At over 60 miles long and up to four and a half miles wide, with 270 miles of shoreline, Lake Travis is the biggest of the Highland Lakes. It stretches Northwest through the Texas Hill Country, and the rolling hills surrounding it offer fantastic views of the lake. Lake Travs is perfect for boating, swimming and fishing, and even though it’s quite popular, it’s so large you should be able to enjoy all the space you want.
6) Lake Buchanan
At over 30 miles long with 124 miles of shoreline, Lake Buchanan is the second largest of the Highland Lakes in Central Texas. It’s so large that you won’t feel crowded during your visit, as there’s plenty of room for everyone. Spend a day at the lake and work up an appetite swimming, boating, or fishing, then enjoy a delicious dinner at any of the great restaurants in the area; whether you’re looking for steaks and BBQ, Mexican food, or some good ol’ fashioned Texan home cooking. The lake is located approximately 30 miles from Marble Falls or about 60 miles from Austin.
If none of those are close enough to your Hill Country vacation rental, have no fear! There are plenty of other lakes in the area. If you do a bit of searching we know you’ll find the perfect match if you’re looking to spend a fun and relaxing day on the lake, or feel free to ask us for more information!