Explore the most popular trails in Inks Lake State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Visitors enjoy camping, backpacking, and hiking.Since Inks is a constant level lake, droughts do not affect water-related activities such as lake swimming (unsupervised beach), boating, water skiing, scuba diving, and fishing.

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8 days ago

Pecan Flats to Woodlands and back to the trailhead of Pecan Flats. Nice trail and well maintained. No shade so now that it is cool is the time to go. Make park entrance reservations night before as they fill to capacity quickly. A couple of other hikers on the trail as most of the visitors stick to the lake.

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rocky
18 days ago

I loved this trail! Beautiful rock formations and scenic water views. Would be awesome to swim here! Saw my first rattlesnake since moving to Texas.

A good hike in the hill country. Sometimes hard to find the trail, so be vigilant in wide open spaces around here. Well kept trails for the most part

great trail, a lot of rocks and you can get close to the river.

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3 months ago

Nice views, well marked. Six year old navigated it just fine with water breaks.

fun trail with some easy rocky climbs.

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bugs
muddy
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Great place to hike on a Tuesday morning in May. Didn’t see another person for five miles. All the recent rain made parts of the trail pretty muddy - particularly the Woodland Trail and Lake Trail. In fact Inks Lake is so high part of the Lake Trail is completely underwater. I wound up cutting up the road from Stumpy Hollow back to the Pecan Flats Trail to get back to the trailhead. The other thing the rain has brought is a prolific amount of wildflowers throughout. It was gorgeous and well worth the mud. Wear pants, though, because they’re growing so thick in most places not covered by rock that even staying completely on the trail you’ll be pushing through them. Definitely wear bug spray. I’m sporting some mosquito bites for the omission. Non seasonal conditions: With the exception of the beginning of the Pecan Flats Trail, which is fairly accessible, wide and well managed, this is a moderately challenging trail with lots of rocks. Some of it is hiking across flat rock, some is just rough footing. Definitely some climbing. I enjoyed the relative challenge that most trails in central Texas don’t have, but was grateful for my hiking pole, especially on some of the descents. Minimal shade, especially as there was a wildfire here last year. The trail is very well marked, even the areas that are flat rock. Look for the colored dots, which are plentiful, as well as stones that have been lined up defining the trail in some of those areas where it’s more challenging to find. I did have to look around briefly a few times, but found my way quickly once I was paying attention to the trail and not the views or flowers or butterflies. I would definitely hike this trail again.

Nice flowers and trail.

Seems like you need to know the path to find the path. The marking is poor and the path f#cks right off in places. Good luck

We only got a small part of the Woodland Trail since it was the second hike of the day and we had to hike 2 miles round trip just to get to it.

Amazing hiking trails. Pay attention to your feet because it’s more of a rough terrain trail so you could trip up easily but lots of shade and some really pretty views of the lake!

Good trail. Lots of side trail options with many rock formations.

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rocky
7 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

Nice trail with Texas back country terrain. Nice.

Hike clockwise. Nice view of lake, waterfalls, nice rock formations. Best short hike in park.

Accidental fire last summer (2018) burned much of the eastern half of park. Most of this trail is through the burn scar. Some grasses are coming back. It should be nice for wildflowers in the spring. Lots of water on the trails from recent rains. Traverses lots of rough granite terrain.

Easy hike along the creek then back. Beginning leg of trail traverses over large granite boulders. Watch the trail markers painted on rocks.

almost like a moonscape in places around what i hope are controlled burn spots.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Great hiking. Some parts challenging to a beginner like me. But a fantastic work out. The wildlife is abundant.

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Great trails. Nice staff. Clean grounds. Lake water was down in January and will be raised mid-February. Lots to trek near the lake and in the woods. Short drive to Longhorn Caverns down the street. Park store on site. great activities for families and group gatherings.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Nice views. Quiet.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

We ended up coming here due to Enchanted Rock being overcrowded, and were pleasantly surprised. The scenery is beautiful and highly varied, and the trail has enough contour to provide a decent workout. It's rocky in places, so wear appropriate shoes and bring your trekking poles if you have them. A good alternative to the very busy Enchanted Rock trails.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fun hike. A little rocky here and there but nice hike I would do again.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Great trails for hiking. There are several interconnecting loops near the lake trail allowing you to choose the appropriate distance and scenery for your hike. The trails are well maintained but not overly manicured. They are very well marked, even in the rockier outcrops. The dogs and I did the green lake loop and the interconnecting blue woodland loop which was spot on 4.5 miles. Challenging but not overly so. As far as skill level, I would consider the lake loop easy and the woodland loop intermediate due to the rocky terrain and gradual incline. Great hike and impressive trails - I will certainly go back!

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