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Highland Lakes Communities

With so many Highland Lakes communities that boast such amenities as lakes, golf courses, hiking trails, wineries and more it’s the perfect area to call home. 

Highland Lakes Communities


Hamilton Creek Park is a beautifully designed and landscaped area along the creek where you can go for a walk, have a picnic or just sit and enjoy the scenery and people. It is very attractive with the walkway, the plants, bridges, etc. You will enjoy this peaceful area! It is within walking distance of the downtown square. 

Burnet is a popular tourist town located 60 miles northwest of Austin, Texas on Highways 29 and 281. Burnet is only a short drive from  Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake and Lake LBJ.  Burnet is the County Seat of Burnet County in central Texas. 

Burnet has a golf course, an athletic center, an airport, a hospital, 2 museums and several tourists attractions.  

The City of Burnet is going through a period of restoration and many antique and gift stores now surround the Courthouse on the Square. Historical homes are also being restored as antique and gift shops and Bed & Breakfast Inns. 

Cottonwood Shores

Cottonwood Shores, Texas is a city in Burnet County, only 15 miles southwest of the city Burnet. Located on the Highland Lakes chain, there are two boat ramps and a Parks System which includes a Nature Preserve. Cottonwood Shores has a community full of extremely friendly people.

If you are planning a trip to Cottonwood Shores, make sure to pencil in the Hill Country Community Theatre. This small theater showcases incredible performances that often rivals the same show in bigger theaters. The cast members are extremely passionate about what they do, which is shown through in their riveting, authentic performances. Purchase a ticket today and see Hill Country Community Theatre’s tremendous talent.

Live entertainment is brought to life at the Hill Country Community Theatre. The theatre is a great place to gather with friends and family and enjoy an extremely talented performance. The theatre strives to showcase some of the best talent around Cottonwood Shores. Guests will not only see the talent each actor has, but also the talent of the behind-the-scenes crew who work the lighting, create the costumes, and design props.

Granite Shoals

Granite Shoals, Texas is one of the Highland Lakes communities just seven miles west of Marble Falls in Burnet County. It is a popular destination for lake enthusiasts because it is home to 19 city parks on Lake LBJ. Granite Shoals is also well known for their Air Tours, Caving, Spelunking, Farmer’s Market, and Pick Your Own Produce.

The Highland Lakes, which are the largest chain of lakes in Texas, are heaven to outdoorsmen. The Highland Lakes includes Inks, Marble Falls, Travis, LBJ, and Buchanan. These lakes contain vast variety of fish including catfish, bass, bream, and crappie. Not only are the Highland lakes excellent for fishing, but also for water recreation. All these activities can be enjoyed with a little music, which is a fundamental piece of life for the Texas Hill Country area. Music can be appreciated at Highland Lakes numerous live venues.

Because of the mild climate, golf courses around the Granite Shoals area are open year round which has allowed them to be known as the best Texas Hill Country. Texans are also taking advantage of the great climate, producing several award-winning wines.

Hunting for White-tailed deer, feral hogs, and wild turkey is best during the Fall and Winter Seasons.

Highland Haven

Highland Haven is located in the central Texas Hill Country on beautiful Lake LBJ. Just seven miles west of Marble Falls on Highway 1431, the city offers just the right mix of convenience and country style to attract people of all ages.

Whether to enjoy lake living full-time or just on weekends, Highland Haven is the place to be!

Highland Haven has its own City Hall Building that is dedicated to past Mayor Roscoe L. Holt. Additionally, there is a spacious Community Center located just behind City Hall that is used for townhall meetings and party gatherings . Trailer, boat and RV parking, located on the city lot, is available to residents along with a limited number of enclosed storage rooms.

There are six parks situated around the lake for the enjoyment of residents and guests. Dove Park has a deluxe boat launch capable of handling large lake crafts.

Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay, Texas is located on the southern side of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson in both Llano and Burnet counties among the Highland Lakes Communities. The location next to the lake offers some amazing views for residents and tourists. Horseshoe bay is located only 6 miles away from Marble Falls, Texas. It has a little bit of everything, from fine dining, lake access, golf courses, and excellent resorts. It is the perfect place to relax for a weekend long getaway, purchase a vacation home, and to retire.

Horseshoe Bay is home to the amazing Horseshoe Bay Resort. The Knot named Horseshoe Bay Resort as the best wedding venue. The resort hosts several amazing events each year including Birds of the Bay (March 8th and May 15th), Live on the Waterfront (March 8th), Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort (April 18-20th), and Cirque-Tacular (March 15th). Horseshoe Bay Resort has also been named one of the best golf course resorts in America. There are three Trent Jones, Sr designed championship courses here. The resort has a marina, spa services, a fitness facility, tennis courts, fine dining, a swimming pool, and several family activities. The Horseshoe Bay resort is truly a place for everyone, couples, families, and corporate retreats.


Kingsland, Texas is a considerably small area located beside Lake LBJ.  Kingsland is the perfect getaway location because of its year round activities that are offered.  Visitors can boat, fish, swim, golf, and picnic.  Bluebonnets and wildflowers bloom in Kingsland during the spring months, making it a popular tourist attraction.

Kingsland Community Park is a great place to gather with friends.  It is located along Lake LBJ and is open all year.  The Park offers a ramp for interested boaters, but requires a small fee to use it.  Come enjoy Kingsland park and swim and fish in Lake LBJ and picnic on the banks.

Marble Falls

Marble Falls, Texas is a popular Vacation spot due to its prime location. Marble Falls has five lakes nearby, some of the finest wineries, rich Texas history, outdoor opportunities, and great shopping. A few things to look forward to at Marble Falls is going boating, camping, sightseeing, swimming, golfing, and fishing. Marble Falls is the home of a leading authority on water tanks for residential conservation.

Most of the activities can be enjoyed at Lake LBJ Marina, which has a Water Park that is open in the summer for swimming, and has boat docks, boat sales, and boat rentals. Boating, swimming and fishing can be enjoyed at Lake Marble Falls, which is five minutes away from Lake LBJ Marina. For those that do not want to hang out on the lake, Marble Falls Lakeside Park has a swimming pool, picnic table, basketball courts, and tennis. Lake Marble Falls hosts one of the largest drag boat races in America every August.

One of the most visited parks in Marble Falls is the Pace Bend Park, where individuals can go hiking, biking, camping, and fishing. Krause Springs is another popular location because of its swimming hole, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful swimming holes in Texas.

Some other physical activities to enjoy are paddle boarding on Lake Marble Falls, picking your own fruit at Sweet Berry Farm, horseback riding, and Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. Camp Peniel, Colbert Ranch, and Creekside Camp & Cabins are three locations to go horseback riding in Marble Falls. The Cypress Valley Canopy Tours are a thrilling zip line adventure through Spicewood, Texas. The Tours are fifteen minutes away from Marble Falls.


Meadowlakes, Texas is a city located along Lake Marble Falls in Burnet County. The area was established in 1973 and spread out across 0.8 square miles of land. The city is only 2.6 miles away from Marble Falls, 7 miles away from Cottonwood Shores, and 9 miles away from Horseshoe Bay. The original purpose of Meadowlakes, Texas was an area that provided drinking water, drainage, and wastewater services. Later, the community grew and developed around the Hidden Falls Golf Club.

Meadowlakes extremely close proximity to other big Texas Hill Country cities makes it the ideal location for residents and tourists. Individuals can enjoy the relaxed, lake lifestyle of Meadowlakes while having easy access to some of the most popular Texas Hill Country attractions.

The Hidden Falls Golf Club is a huge attraction to Meadowlakes. It is an 18-hole championship golf course nestled in Texas Hill Country. Every level of golfers will be pleased with this course, especially the last five challenging holes. The course includes a putting green, a pro shop, chipping and pitching area, driving range, bar and restaurant, and cart rental. The golf course is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30 AM until dusk.

4×4 fans and UTV/Quad riders will be pleased with Hidden Falls Adventure Park. The park covers around 3,000 acres of land filled with trails. All the trails in the park are perfect for individuals from all skill levels.

Sunrise Beach

Sunrise Beach Village (better known as simply Sunrise Beach) is a peaceful little community of about 700 people located on the southwestern shore of beautiful Lake LBJ in the central Texas Hill Country.  Lake LBJ is the third of the seven Highland Lakes that run from Austin to 85 miles northwest of Austin along the Colorado River.  A normally constant level lake, Lake LBJ is one of the most popular lakes in Texas for boating activities.

Sunrise Beach is less than 60 miles up a very scenic drive through the hills of the Hill Country from Austin, Texas.  It is located 85 miles north of San Antonio, 200 miles south of Dallas and Fort Worth and 220 miles west of Houston.

Boaters love Sunrise Beach!  There is everything you need for perfect boating.  You can rent boats and SeaDoos.  There are docks available for your boats.  There are also waterfront fueling stations, repair and service of boats, and a large selection of boating parts and accessories.

Lake LBJ is perfect for boating, water skiing, jetskiing and swimming.  It has many quiet protected coves as well as the open water of the lake.  Be sure to bring your fishing pole along, too.

Sunrise Beach is also a very popular area for retired people.  Because of the mild climate and the beautiful views, many people are attracted to the area from the colder northern states.  Many winter Texans spend the winters in Sunrise Beach and then decide to retire here.

Sunrise Beach has a population of about 800 fulltime residents. A few hundred people also own vacation homes here. Sunrise Beach is close enough to Austin that some people move to Sunrise Beach and drive to Austin to work.  The drive is a very pretty one and the traffic is very light.

If you are looking for a place to retire, you will love Sunrise Beach.  The prices of homes are reasonable and you will love the views from many of the homes.  The prices range from $100,000 to the hundreds of thousands.

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