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Burnet is nestled at the edge of the spectacular Texas Hill Country about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Austin, amidst the beautiful Highland Lakes, is the historic community of Burnet. Burnet was established in the mid-1800s as a fort on the Texas frontier. Modern Burnet has kept with its pioneering routes while also adapting to the modern age. Today Burnet is considered the jewel of the Highland Lakes.

Throughout the year, the City of Burnet offers a vast array of events and activities for all ages. From the spring splash of bluebonnets and wildflowers to the fall festival of arts on the Arts and Crafts Trail, from the winter wonderland of the spectacular Christmas musical light display to the summer frontier shoot-outs and vintage steam train tours, Burnet is alive with sights and sounds that make it one of the Hill Country's most popular destination spots in the state of Texas.

Get in[edit]

Map of Burnet

By plane[edit]

Fly in via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Burnet is located 75 miles north-west of Austin.

Get around[edit]


  • Fort Croghan Museum, 703 Buchanan Dr, +1 512 756-8281. Built in 1849, the site now has several restored buildings and many articles from the history of the fort.
  • Longhorn Cavern State Park, 6211 Park Road 4 S. Cave entry by tour only. Tours are excellent. Some of the rooms are spectacular, with quartz crystals all over the walls and ceiling. The cavern was developed by workers for the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, who also built the buildings that the gift shop and park office are housed in out of debris found in the cavern. There are also park trails above ground. The area is very peaceful and full of bird life.
  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 starts at 1:35PM local time and lasts 4 min. Chances of a clear sky are 50%. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico to enter the US at Del Rio then through Texas into Arkansas.



Downtown Burnet has over 10 antique shops.





Go next[edit]

  • Hill Country Flyer, +1 512 477-8468. A scenic 2-hour train ride through the Hill Country and into Austin, especially scenic during mid-spring when the hills are covered in bluebonnets.
  • Lake Buchanan, a few miles west, has several attractions:
  • Black Rock Park, +1 512 389-8900. Texas 261 north of highway 29. 25-acre public access facility on the west shore of the lake, with a sandy beach, playground, boat ramp, and swimming areas. Camping and cabin lodging are available.
  • Eagle Eye Observatory[dead link]. A public access sky observatory on the grounds of Canyon of the Eagles park, run by the Austin Astronomical Society.
  • Canyon of the Eagles. A 900-acre nature park on the north shore. An on-site lodge provides lodging.
  • If you are coming from or going to Austin, consider stopping for lunch at Opie's Barbecue, 9504 State Hwy 71, Spicewood, about a 30-minute drive via Route 281 South and Route 71 East. Really delicious, inexpensive barbecue, sides and desserts.
Routes through Burnet
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