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August events at state parks in the Highland Lakes

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has a few moonlit hikes scheduled in August. See what else is happening at Texas State Parks in the Highland Lakes.

In August, revel in the august outdoors at Texas State Parks in the Highland Lakes, which offer programs, hikes, and opportunities throughout the month. Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County, Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City, and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area can fill up quickly, so consider booking a day pass online before you visit.

INKS LAKE STATE PARK

Located at 3630 Park Road 4 West near Burnet. Daily entrance is $7 for ages 13 and older and free for children 12 and younger. Call the park at 512-793-2223 or visit its webpage for details.

Guided Nature Hike — Take a park ranger-led, 0.2-mile hike to Devil's Waterhole to learn about native plants and local geology. While you're there, jump in to cool off. Hikes are from 9-10 a.m. on Aug. 13, Aug. 20, and Aug. 27.

Fish with a Ranger — Free fishing clinic — bait and poles included — for all ages. You don't need a state license when fishing from the shore at Texas State Parks. Clinics are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Aug. 13 and Aug. 27.

Underwater DiscoveryAug. 20 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Watch and learn how to use a seining net and see what lurks beneath Inks Lake.

Inks Lake Star PartyAug. 20 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. The Austin Astronomical Society will share its high-powered telescopes for a night of stargazing. No reservations needed.

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PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK

Located at 2585 Park Road 6026 near Johnson City. Daily entrance is $6 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. Call the park at 830-868-7304 or visit its webpage for details.

Stories in the Stars — View constellations at the park's Star Theater. Pre-registration required. Takes place from 9-10 p.m. on Aug. 12, Aug. 14, and Aug. 27 and 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Flint, Flood, and FossilsAug. 13 from 6-7 p.m. Learn about the geology of the park's falls as well as ancient creatures.

Star PartyAug. 13 from 8-11 p.m. Join the Austin Astronomical Society for a look at the night sky. Pre-registration required.

Skins, Skulls, Scales and Scat — See, feel, and smell examples of Texas Hill Country wildlife by what is left behind. Program is 7-8 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 28.

Astronomy 101Aug. 27 from 7-8 p.m. Learn the basics of stargazing with a variety of equipment.

ENCHANTED ROCK STATE NATURAL AREA

Located at 16710 RR 965 in Fredericksburg. Daily entrance is $8 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. The park quickly reaches capacity, so reservations are encouraged and also required on weekends, holidays, and school breaks. Call the park at 830-685-3636 or visit its webpage for details.

Full Moon HikeAug. 11 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Take a two-hour, 1.5-mile hike to the summit for a beautiful view of the full moon (weather permitting).

Moonrise Hike — See what nocturnal animals call the park home on a hike under the light of the moon. Takes place from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13.

Stargazing 101 — Join a park ranger to learn about the importance of dark skies while navigating the stars. Takes place from 9-10:15 p.m. on Aug. 20 and Aug. 26.

Stories in Our StarsAug. 27 from 9-10:15 p.m. Explore the stories behind the stars in the night sky.

For more state park events, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website. And check out the Highland Lakes Hiking Guide before you head out for useful information.

editor@thepicayune.com

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