Nestled at the edge of the spectacular Texas Hill Country about an hour northwest of Austin, amidst the beautiful Highland Lakes, is the historic community of Burnet – known as the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas. Established first as a fort on the Texas frontier in the mid-1800’s, Burnet has maintained its pioneer roots and rural charm while adapting to the modern age. Your new homesite at The Ranches at Blackbuck Ridge will be just fifteen minutes from this friendly town, making it the ideal place for quick grocery trips or grabbing a bite to eat with family and friends.
Burnet's Historic town square offers a unique shopping and dining experience. Gift, antique, and collectible shops surround the square. There are several cafes and full-service restaurants on or within easy walking distance of the square. Motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, lakeshore cabins and Burnet's proximity to so many sights make it the ideal hub for travels into this region.
The Highland Lakes of central Texas consist of six lakes along the Colorado River starting 85 miles northwest of Austin and ending in Austin. All of the Highland Lakes are located in some of the prettiest parts of the Texas Hill Country and are an easy drive from Austin - from the tip of Lake Buchanan to the dam at Lady Bird Lake is about 100 miles. The lakes are Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis and Lake Austin. These lakes are very popular with boaters, fishermen and campers. This is also a very popular retirement area. There are services at all of the lakes.
Your new home at The Ranches at Blackbuck Ridge is an easy drive on Hwy 29 to nearby Lake Buchanan, the second largest of the Highland Lakes in Central Texas, and the Highland Lakes area. The lake is very popular with boaters, fishermen, campers and swimmers. The lake is so large that you will never feel crowded on the lake. You can boat up Lake Buchanan and see scenic wilderness and waterfalls through the historic Colorado River Canyon. Striper Bass are stocked in Lake Buchanan and the lake is famous for its striper fishing. There is also good catfish fishing on Lake Buchanan.
Also nearby is Inks Lake State Park, offering family fun on water and land. With its sparkling blue water, colorful rock outcrops, and striking sunsets, this gem of the Hill Country is just an hour northwest of Austin. Inks Lake State Park is great for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Because the lake's level usually stays constant, you can play here year-round.
On land, you can camp, backpack, geocache, play volleyball, picnic, and observe nature. There are nine miles of hiking trails through shady forests and across rocky hills. Hike Pecan Flats, a self-guided 3.3-mile trail is perfect for the whole family.
On the water, you can swim (no lifeguards on duty), boat, water ski, scuba dive and fish. There is also a large, no-wake zone for paddling. Rent paddle boats, canoes, one- to two-person kayaks, life vests and paddles at the park store. You can also stay at one of nearly 200 campsites or 22 cabins (two are ADA-accessible). Many sites are lakeside or have easy access to the lake. Several camping loops have playgrounds.
Inks Lake is the perfect spot to fish for sunfish, catfish and several species of bass. There are two fishing piers, fish cleaning stations, and a boat ramp. You do not need a fishing license to fish from a pier or the shore in a state park.
The Highland Lakes area is abundant with other things to do off the water. The surrounding communities are laid back, small and country friendly. You won't get bored when you set out to explore the Highland Lakes for a day trip or weekend. You can boat, bike, hike, swim, fish, hunt or explore a cave, sample some award winning wine, rent a boat, hire a fishing guide, play some of the best golf courses in Texas, ride a zip line across Lake Travis, devour some fantastic food, shop till you drop, listen to live music in a fun bar, attend a fantastic music festival or special event and lots more!
Contact us today to book your tour of The Ranches at Blackbuck Ridge and see all this beautiful, vibrant area has to offer!
Austin is home to amazing music, a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful outdoor spaces. You can just as easily spend your morning paddling the lake, as you can strolling through a celebrated history museum.
Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World" but that's just the beginning. It is also home to unique attractions, world-class museums and beautiful outdoor spaces.
The Austin music scene is legendary; nearly 200 venues offer rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, punk or Latino shows nightly. The Broken Spoke, known as "the last true Texas dance hall," features great country acts - and guests can also take a Texas Two-Step lesson. The Continental Club has showcased blues, rock and folk music since 1957, earning it the title, "Granddaddy of Austin music venues." Antone's, Austin's "home of the blues," is where Stevie Ray Vaughan got his start. Newer stages like those at The Mohawk and Club DeVille showcase local acts alongside big-name touring artists.
There's a reason Austin is often ranked one of the fittest cities in the country. From cycling to stand-up paddle boarding, water-biking to leisurely canoe-paddling - Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. And with 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally. If golf is your game, Austin's diverse topography, big name designers like Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, and affordable courses, make it the perfect setting for year-round golfers. The Austin Golf Trail has assembled some of Austin's finest golf courses for you to enjoy.
Find something that speaks to you while browsing Austin's unique shops. Or make plans to partake in one of Austin's many events or festivals throughout the year. The Austin Marathon draws 20,000 runners from around the world. The Austin Food + Wine Festival showcases the best innovative cuisine. "Fun Fun Fun Fest" is known as the nation's best underground punk and alternative music festival; and Fantastic Fest, which features sci-fi, horror, fantasy and other genre films, has become a favorite of film buffs and celebrities alike. SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals expand every year and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park has performances by more than 100 bands.
Austin is not only are we home to some world-class museums like the Blanton, with the nation's largest University-owned collection on exhibit, and the Harry Ransom Center, featuring the First Photograph and Gutenberg Bible, it is also home to plenty of artists themselves. You can explore the work of designers, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians here, at any time of year, any day of the week, in a variety of venues.
Our menus are memorable thanks to celebrated staples like breakfast tacos, as well as Tex-Mex treats paired with top shelf pitchers of margaritas at off the beaten path places. Then there are the water-front locales on Lake Austin or Lake Travis. Or get yourself some BBQ at laid-back locales. And no Austin visit is complete without a park-and-eat experience at any of our many personality-plus food truck and trailer venues.
You can explore all the excitement and activities the bustling city of Austin has to offer, then return home to your peaceful country oasis at The Ranches at Blackbuck Ridge. Get the best of both worlds! Contact us today about special incentives and property tours at The Ranches at Blackbuck Ridge.