The Highland Lakes and the Northern Texas Hill Country areas are dotted with historic small towns, modern, master-planned developments and laid back lake communities. Recreational options are many and varied.The lakes and rivers naturally attract people who want to boat, fish, and swim or just relax dockside. There are numerous nationally ranked golf courses if hitting the links is your thing. There are also many festivals and celebrations that are unique to specific communities. Whether you’re thinking of a weekend home or a full-time move to the area, the fun part will deciding just where your favorite spot might be. Do you want fantastic views, a little or a lot of land, a small home in an established neighborhood, a condo or a waterfront home? It’s your choice!
Llano was founded in 1855 and is the county seat of Llano County. While it was initially a rough and rowdy frontier town, it’s now synonymous with the beautiful Llano River, the Llano River bridge (Roy B. Inks Bridge), a historic downtown square and courthouse, shopping, great barbecue and whitetail deer. Llano features many things of interest, including its downtown, historical homes and buildings, parks, hunting, fishing, boating and swimming.
Marble Falls is located in southern Burnet County on the banks of Lake Marble Falls. It’s considered the center of commerce for Burnet County, with a downtown shopping district and many restaurants. The falls for which the city is named were covered when the Colorado River was dammed with the completion of Max Starcke Dam in 1951. The city’s history is also tied to Granite Mountain on the town’s western edge. The pink granite mined there was used for the construction of the Texas State Capitol and other state government office buildings.
Kingsland is in the heart of the Highland Lakes, having grown along the banks of the Llano and Colorado rivers where they join to form Lake LBJ. It’s approximately half way between Marble Falls and Llano. Founded in 1879, the unincorporated area is located in both Llano and Burnet counties. It was first named for founder Martin D. King. The beautiful terrain, proximity to water, great hunting and fishing continue to draw people to the area.
Highland Haven is located in Burnet County on the eastern shores of Lake LBJ. The small community began as a subdivision developed 1962. It was initially controlled by a nonprofit property owners association, and is now governed by a mayor and city council as an incorporated city. The city has numerous parks and water access for its residents.
Granite Shoals was developed as a lake resort but became an incorporated city in 1966. It is a residential, resort and retirement community known as the City of Parks. Homes on the lakefront are owned by residents and retired citizens, or are second homes that are used as vacation or weekend homes. The city has 19 parks that are located throughout the city and provide free areas for recreation. Eight of the city’s 15 waterfront parks provide boat launch ramps.
Sunrise Beach is a retirement and recreational residential community in Llano County with extensive property fronting Lake LBJ. It offers great highway access, but with only one entry road, it provides more security and privacy. Several of the city parks offer water access and boat launches. Sunrise Beach has its own police department and highly rated volunteer fire department.
Mason, located on the western side of the Hill Country is the county seat for Mason County. The town is an agricultural community on Comanche Creek, and its town square was called one of the five most beautiful squares in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine.
San Saba was settled in 1854 and named for its location on the San Saba River. It is the county seat of San Saba County, and is known as the “Pecan Capital of the World.” Pecans from the city’s orchard have been enjoyed Queen Victoria of England, Lord Alfred Tennyson and purchased by cereal company giant, C.W. Post.
Burnet is surrounded by rolling hills, lakes, geological formations and historical sites. It’s the county seat of Burnet County. The town of Burnet grew up around Fort Croghan in the mid-1800s. Attractions in the Burnet area are the Highland Lakes, Longhorn Cavern and State Park, the its city square, the Highland Lakes Air Museum, Fort Croghan Museum, the Vanishing Texas River Cruise and Hamilton Creek Park. Burnet also hosts the annual Bluebonnet Festival.