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Grow Closer to Nature at a Local Park

Johnson Park in Marble Falls has two playscapes for the little ones. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

You don’t have to go far to find outdoor adventure and excitement in the Highland Lakes. Check out the plethora of parks available nearby.

Haley-Nelson Park, 301 Garden Trails in Burnet — At 51 acres, this city park packs in a lot of play. You’ll find a disc golf course, hiking and walking trails, a picnic pavilion, and an amphitheater for public concerts. The annual Burnet Summer Concert Series takes the stage for a series of events in September.

Hamilton Creek Park, located just off U.S. 281 and Texas 29 in Burnet — Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of Hamilton Creek or enjoy a picnic in this pleasant city park. A walkover bridge, fountains, and a playground for children all lend an air of peace and playfulness.

Johnson Park, 230 Ave. J South along Backbone Creek at Yett Street and Johnson Avenue in Marble Falls — This city park features a sand court for volleyball, a boat ramp, swings, two children's playscapes, an off-leash dog area, shade trees, horseshoe pits, and a wandering hike and bike trail. An open pavilion is available to rent for events, complete with restrooms on site.

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, located south of Fredericksburg on Texas 16 near the airport — Spanning 150 acres, this park invites visitors to swim, picnic, fish, and play tennis on six courts, four of which have lights. Softball and baseball fields are adjacent. The enclosed Pioneer Pavilion, located at the city park, can hold up to 500 people.

Lakeside Park, 307 Buena Vista Drive on the shores of Lake Marble Falls — This city park features tennis courts, picnic tables and a boat ramp. The Marble Falls city pool and Lakeside Pavilion, a large venue operated by the city that can be used for anything from weddings to corporate retreats, also are located here.

Pace Bend Park, 2501 Pace Bend Park Road North in Spicewood — Ideal for picnicking, sunbathing, hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, and horseback riding, Pace Bend Park offers both primitive and improved campsites. The park includes picnic tables, two boat ramps, and restrooms. Visit the website or call (512) 264-1482.

Reimers Ranch Park, 23610 Hamilton Road in Dripping Springs — A Travis County park, Reimers Ranch is known for its rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. Take Texas 71 toward Austin and turn south (right) on FM 3238 (Hamilton Pool Road), then travel 12 miles to the entrance on the right. Call (512) 854-PARK (7275).

Robinson City Park, located on RR 152 along the Llano River about two miles west of Llano — This park’s five acres includes grills, picnic tables, and restrooms. While a boat ramp is on site, motorboats aren't allowed. Other activities include volleyball, half-court basketball, a playground, hiking, fishing, bicycle and nature trails, horseback riding, and horseshoes, with an 18-hole golf course next door. A pavilion and barbecue areas are available for reservation. Call (325) 247-4158 ext. 202.

Wallace Riddell Park, located at the intersection of Texas 29 and Rhomberg Street in Burnet — Because of its picnic tables, a playground for children and a baseball field, this city park is a big weekend draw.

Westside Park, 1610 Second St. off Avenue Q in Marble Falls — Complete with a playground, a full-size basketball court, and picnic areas, Westside city park features a disc golf course beloved by disc throwers from across the state.

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