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May events at state parks in the Highland Lakes

Learn about the geology of Pedernales Falls State Park during Flint, Flood, and Fossils on May 7. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Head to a Texas State Park in the Highland Lakes with Mom on her special day or just for a quick outdoors excursion before school lets out and the parks fill up. Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County, Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City, and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area all have several programs and hikes throughout the month of May.


Located at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet. Entrance is $7 for ages 13 and older and free for children 12 and younger. A day-pass reservation is encouraged and sometimes required. Check each event's listing by clicking the links or contact the park at 512-793-2223 or visit its webpage for details.

  • Fish with a Ranger — Learn the ins and outs of fishing at a free clinic hosted by a park ranger. Everything is provided during this family event. Takes place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. May 7 and May 21.
  • Underwater Discovery — Learn how to use a seining net and see what aquatic plans and creatures lurk beneath Inks Lake. Takes place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. May 14 and May 28.
  • Kayak Trash Cleanup Day — Help clean up Inks Lake by kayak or canoe. Takes place from 9-10 a.m. May 21.
  • Open Night Hike — Learn about the park's nocturnal creatures on a 1.4-mile hike. Mostly easy but with steep and moderate sections. Takes place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. May 21.
  • Looking ahead: Register now to learn how to be a volunteer outdoor educator. A Texas Outdoor Family Leadership Training is June 24 at Inks Lake State Park.


Located at 2585 Park Road 6026 near Johnson City. Entrance is $6 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. Call 830-868-7304 or visit the park's webpage for more information on events and reservations.

  • Flint, Flood, and Fossils — Learn about the geology behind the falls. Takes place from 3-4 p.m. May 7.
  • Stories in the Stars — Visit the park's Star Theater for a view of the night sky and a lesson on the constellations. Takes place from 9-10 p.m. May 7.
  • Marvels of the Moon: Lunar Eclipse Special — Watch as the Earth's shadow covers the moon in a reddish darkness. Takes place from 9:30 p.m. to midnight May 15.


Located at 16710 RR 965 in Fredericksburg. Entrance is $8 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. The park quickly reaches capacity, so reservations are encouraged as well as required on weekends, holidays, and school breaks. Call 830-685-3636 for more information on events. Visit the park's webpage for reservation details.

  • Skywatching — Stargazing and watching for meteors at this International Dark Sky Park. Takes place from 8:45-10 p.m. May 6.
  • Guided Summit Hike — Hike to the top of Enchanted Rock and learn about its geology, history, and biology along the way. Takes place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. May 7, May 14, and May 21.
  • Marvel at the Moon — Get a closer look at our nearest celestial neighbor. Takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 7.
  • Birding 101 — An introduction to birdwatching. Takes place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. May 8 and May 22.
  • Nature Walk — Learn about the biology of Enchanted Rock on an easy hike with a park ranger. Takes place from 11 a.m. to noon May 8 and May 22.

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.

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