20 November . 2015
Enjoy hiking, camping at parks near Rancho Sienna
Year-round, there's always a chance to enjoy hiking, camping and other outdoor activities at scenic Hill Country parks near Rancho Sienna.
Here are just a few top picks for nearby recreation…the opportunities to relax and get away from it all are nearly limitless.
Inks Lake State Park – Approximately 40 miles from Rancho Sienna awaits Inks Lake State Park, a Hill Country gem offering sparkling blue water, colorful rock outcrops and striking sunsets. For hiking, the park has 7.5 miles of trails through shady forests and rocky hills. You might want to save water activities for warmer months, but you can enjoy swimming, boating, diving and fishing. The park has 200 campsites and 22 cabins, including many with lake views.
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge – Located approximately 24 miles from Rancho Sienna, this scenic and internationally important refuge hosts 245 bird species part or all of the year, plus myriad species of dragonflies and butterflies. Ten trails range from gentle to moderate, and additional activities include hunting, guided nature walks, workshops and festivals.
Lake Georgetown – Just about 12 miles from Rancho Sienna, Lake Georgetown is a scenic lake on the north fork of the San Gabriel River. Several parks surrounding the lake offer picnicking, boat access, fishing and camping. There are 24 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking.
Lake Buchanan – The second largest of the Highland Lakes, Lake Buchanan has 124 miles of shoreline, making it a paradise for camping, boating, fishing and swimming. Other activities include cruising on a 200-passenger boat, offering views of the historic Colorado River Canyon, nesting Bald Eagles and waterfalls. The lake is surrounded by dozens of restaurants and a popular winery.
Pedernales Falls State Park – About 58 miles from Rancho Sienna (and well worth the drive) this beautiful park in Johnson City offers camping, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, horse riding and water activities amid scenic creeks, canyons and waterfalls. The nearby LBJ National Historical Park and more than a dozen wineries along U.S. 290 make for a great day or overnight trip.
For the ultimate “staycation” day, you can always stay home at Rancho Sienna, enjoying Sienna Trail Park and other parks and trails – and perhaps end the fun with a cookout at the Outdoor Dining Room!
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