Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park in Burnet makes camping easy
Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Resort, in Burnet, smoothes camping's rough edges. The lodge on a tree-shaded bluff overlooking what used to be Lake Buchanan is more like a year-round summer camp for adults (and kids and dogs). After a day of enjoying the outdoors, campers can retreat to the comfort of a well-appointed cabin.
The privately operated, 62-room lodge brings an added dimension to the enjoyment of the 940-acre Lower Colorado River Authority park. Guests can take advantage of the miles of trails, the restaurant, the swimming pool, and a spectacular view of the Hill Country sunset. In the evenings, the communal fire pit warms more than just marshmallows, and the park's observatory is known for its dark skies and monthly star parties.
Unfortunately, the park's fishing pier and beach are high and dry, with the lake 22 feet below normal. The Colorado River meanders where the lake used to be; accessible only to flocks of shorebirds. Fortunately, Vanishing Texas River Cruise is next door and is still providing lake tours.
For those who prefer bringing their own lodging, the park also has tent, primitive, and recreational vehicle campsites among the oaks.
Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park is at the end of FM 2341 off TX 29 in Burnet. Whether for the day or the night, this park is one of the jewels of Highland Lakes. For more information, call 800/977-0081 or go to www.canyonoftheeagles.com.
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