I lived in Austin for many years, and since moving to Houston a decade ago, my trips to the charming, rustic Hill Country have been too few and far between. That’s why I was so happy to return recently to spend some time outdoors.
Marble Falls struck me as a fine base to reacquaint myself with the area. The town boasts a charming central district with shops and galleries, and plenty of nearby restaurants, cafés, and breweries. Marble Falls has a population of more than 7,300 and sits smack on the shores of its namesake Lake Marble Falls and within easy reach of Inks Lake State Park.
The town is also close to other state parks and refuges, not to mention Lake Buchanan, a huge reservoir popular with anglers and freshwater beachgoers, and Lake LBJ, named for President Lyndon B. Johnson, who grew up nearby. Lake Marble Falls, Inks Lake, and Lake LBJ are part of the Highland Lakes, jewels along the Colorado River that also include Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) in Austin and Lake Travis on the city’s northwestern edge.