Full Moon and Almost Full Moon hikes are scheduled at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in March. Register in advance for the popular treks.
February 24, 2022
February 24, 2022
The state parks in the Highland Lakes will be buzzing in March as the weather warms and Spring Break visitors converge. Consider reserving a park pass in advance online before taking a trip to Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County, Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Llano.
Following is a schedule of events in March at each park.
INKS LAKE STATE PARK
3630 Park Road 4 West, Burnet
Day-use entrance fee: $7 for ages 13 and older; free for ages 12 and younger
Cowboy Coffee — Join a park ranger for a cup of coffee and a dutch oven treat and learn how cowboys on the Old West trails made their morning brews. Be green and bring your own non-disposable cup or thermos. The event is free with park entrance. Takes place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 5, 19, and 26.
Fish with a Ranger — Learn the ins and outs of fishing at a free clinic hosted by a park ranger. Meet at the North Fishing Pier. Everything is provided during this family-friendly event. Takes place from 10-11 a.m. March 5, 12, 19, and 26.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
- Texas Outdoor Family weekend on April 22-24; register now
- Inks Lake Star Parties in April, June, August, October, and November
PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK
2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City
Day-use entrance fee: $6 for ages 13 and older; free for ages 12 and younger
Falls and Fossils — Learn about the park’s ancient past with Ranger Stephen Garmon. An optional one-half-mile hike through rough terrain follows the presentation. Child- and dog-friendly (dogs must be leashed). Free with park entrance. Takes place from 11 a.m. to noon March 11 and 26.
Hiking Through History — Join a hike through time from modern day to 300 million years ago. The 1-mile trek is child- and dog-friendly (dogs must be leashed). Free with park entrance. Takes place from 9-10 a.m. March 12.
Marvels of the Moon — Take a close look at the moon’s surface via telescopes and binoculars while listening to tales behind its origin. Meet at the Star Theater. No dogs allowed around the telescopes. Free with park entrance. Takes place from 9-10 p.m. March 18.
Nature Journaling 101 — Bring a smartphone, electronic device, or camera and learn how to be a citizen-scientist. Download the Seek and iNaturalist apps beforehand. Registration required by emailing email@example.com. Free. Takes place from 3-4 p.m. March 19 and 1-2 p.m. March 20.
Stories in the Stars — On March 19 and 25, visit the park’s Star Theater for a view of the night sky. Presentation starts at 8 p.m.; open stargazing from 9 p.m. until the park closes at 10 p.m. Free with park entrance.
Twin Falls Nature Hike — Take a 1-mile trek to the Twin Falls. Child- and dog-friendly (dogs must be leashed). Free with park entrance. Takes place from 9-10 a.m. March 20.
Geocaching 101 — Look for hidden caches on a modern-day treasure hunt using GPS units available at the park or the Geocaching app on your phone. Free with park entrance. Takes place from 3-4 p.m. March 26.
Prehistoric Hunting: The Atlatl — Learn how ancient peoples hunted for their food in this hands-on activity for ages 8 and older. Adult supervision and safety waiver required. Free with park entrance. Takes place from 10-11 a.m. March 27.
Skins, Skulls, Scales and Scat — See, feel, and smell(!) examples of the park’s wildlife. Free with park entrance. Takes place from 2-3 p.m. March 27.
ENCHANTED ROCK STATE NATURAL AREA
16710 RR 965, Fredericksburg
Day-use entrance fee: $8 for ages 13 and older; free for ages 12 and younger. Reservations are required to enter the park on weekends, holidays, or school breaks.
Nature Walk — An easy, 0.5-mile round-trip hike starting on the Interpretive Loop. Free with park entrance. Takes place from noon to 1 p.m. March 12, 13, 14, 20, and 27.
Skins, Skulls, Tracks & Scat — See which animals call the Hill Country home by what they leave behind. Free with park entrance Takes place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 27.
Campfire Gathering — Special guest Tom Jones, a Hays County Master Naturalist and retired geologist, will present a program on the geology of Enchanted Rock around a campfire. Free with park entrance. Takes place from 7:15-8 p.m. March 12.
Almost Full Moon Hike — A challenging, 1.5-mile round trip hike up the Summit Trail. No pets allowed. Free with park entrance and registration. Takes place from 7:45-9:45 p.m. March 17.
Full Moon Hike — A challenging, 1.5-mile round-trip hike up the Summit Trail under the light of the full moon. No pets allowed. Free with park entrance and registration. Takes place from 7:45-9:45 p.m. March 18.
Birding 101 — Take a birding hike on easy trails. All experiences welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them (the park has a limited supply). Free with park entrance. Takes place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 20.
Stories in the Stars — Learn about light pollution and the best-known constellations while stargazing at an International Dark Sky Park. Free with park entrance. Takes place from 8:30-9:30 p.m. March 25.
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