If the idea of a weekend retreat away from the chaos of the city just made you perk up as you were reading this, it’s time to start planning. Marble Falls, Texas is a charming area in the Hill Country, and it’s only a little over an hour away from Austin, TX. The area is full of outdoor adventures, scenic drives, amazing Texas wineries, and more. I absolutely loved our stay, so I want to share where we stayed and what we explored during our weekend getaway in the hill country.
Where to Stay in Marble Falls
My hubby and I have stayed in this area a few times. On one trip, we bought all kinds of camping gear from REI so we could rough it in a tent near Marble Falls – Inks Lake State Park. It was a fun experience, but we recently stayed at a cabin at a property called Camp Hickory Creek. The cabin was definitely more my style!
For a cheap getaway, the tent option can be awesome. If you’re taking a family trip or going with a big group of friends, booking a campsite is a very affordable way to have a fun weekend in the wilderness! The campsite at Inks Lake State Park has the essentials like firewood for sale, decent clean bathrooms and showers, and it’s right by the lake.
If you don’t mind spending a little more for creature comforts, I absolutely loved staying at Camp hickory. It’s pet-friendly, so you don’t need to leave your fur babies at home. My hubby and I stayed at the 1 BR cabin and really enjoyed reconnecting all weekend. We soaked for hours in the beautiful wooden hot tub staring at the stars, lounged in the hammock, and played on the trampoline. You could really take the retreat you need in this cozy setting.
Either option will be filled with fun in the peaceful areas of the country.
Things to Do in Marble Falls
Imagine a weekend where you can fully enjoy nature. There are so many nearby hiking trails that you can spend your whole weekend just exploring the Texas terrain. Inks Lake State Park has 9 miles of hiking trails and Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge has more than 5 miles of trails to explore.
The Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge was incredible. We were told to do a 3.5 loop where you start with Rimrock Trail, then connect to a couple of other trails and you’ll do a full circle back to the parking lot. It’s a strenuous trail, but the views are worth it. The first stretch is a steep incline uphill that comes out to a gorgeous plateau. As you continue on, you’ll see the most stunning views of the hill country. It’s like real life West World.
If you’re feeling super adventurous, there’s Hidden Falls Adventure Park. It has everything from off-roading in your truck, to ATVs and Dirt Bike riding!
Where to Eat & Drink Near Marble Falls
There are several notable spots in Marble Falls, like Blue Bonnet Cafe and Flat Creek Estate Winery. We fell in love with Torr Na Lochs – a beautiful winery around Burnet where they have live music, live cattle, and delicious award-winning Texas wines.
I’d recommend bringing prepared salads, bbq for grilling, and other easy meals. One of the best parts about being in nature was getting a chance to enjoy grilling outdoors with the birds chirping in the background.
Weekend Itinerary In Burnet County
Check in to your Airbnb, hotel, or set up your tent.
Bring some easy pre-made dinners. For the cabin, we brought Stout Pies from Trader Joe’s and salad. It was such an easy treat. When we went camping, we brought burgers.
Relax by the fire and enjoy time with your lover or friends.
Make breakfast at the cabin.
Drive about thirty minutes to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Spend about two hours exploring the beautiful Texas terrain and watch out for wild life.
After sweating it out, you deserve some pizza and wine at Torr Na Lochs. Sit in the sunshine and listen to live music.
Head back to your cabin or tent. Prepare dinner. End the evening soaking in the hot tub.
Wake up with a morning stroll.
Have breakfast at Blue Bonnet Cafe.
Then head back to Austin for a weekend recap.