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Burnet is named for David Gouverneur Burnet, the first provisional president of the Republic of Texas. He also served as Vice President during the administration of Mirabeau B. Lamar. The town was originally named Hamilton after John Hamilton but in 1857 thirty-five residents of the town petitioned the state legislature to change the name of the town to Burnet since there was another town in Texas named Hamilton.

Hill Country Flyer Train
Hill Country Flyer

The Hill Country Flyer is a train that makes regular weekend runs from Cedar Park to Burnet to take tourists out to shop at the antique and gift stores in Burnet, to dine in the local resaturants and and to enjoy Hamilton Creek Park.  Call 512-477-8468 for more information.  To go to the Hill Country Flyer Web Page Click here.

Hamilton Creek Park in Burnet, Texas
Hamilton Creek Park near downtown Burnet

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 12 miles east of the Buchanan Dam and Lake Buchanan. Burnet is the County Seat of Burnet County in central Texas.

Horse drawn carriage
Tour the town in a horse-drawn carriage.

The Highland Lakes area of the central Texas Hill Country is a well know area for recreational activities such as golf, boating, fishing, camping and sightseeing. It is also listed in the top three areas of the country as a retirement area. The climate is moderate in the winter and it almost never snows in Burnet.

Buchanan Dam and Lake Buchanan
Buchanan Dam photo courtesy of L.C.R.A.

Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake and Lake LBJ are just a few minutes drive from Burnet. There are services available on Lake Buchanan and Lake LBJ such as cabins for rent, RV parks, etc.  It is a very pretty drive on a  winding four lane highway through the Texas Hill Country to the lakes.

Burnet has a golf course, an athletic center, an airport, a hospital, 2 museums and several tourists attractions.   You will find great home cooked meals in the local restaurants and they also have a McDonald's, Sonic Drive-In, What A Burger, Dairy Queen, and a Mr. Gatti's Pizza.  In the past few years a new larger H.E.B. and Beall's has opened up in Burnet.

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.

Tourist Attractions in Burnet

Local Upcoming Events

Featured Cabins
Big Chief RV Resort and Cabin Rentals
Big Chief RV Resort and Cabin Rentals
At the dam on Lake Buchanan

Voted Area's Best RV & Cabin Resort and the BEST VALUE in 2 counties! Stunning sunsets, Clean cabins, incredible pool and hot tub, large pull through sites, Clubhouse, Boat Ramp, easy deep water access for boaters and much more.

Services Available in Burnet

Ray's Striper Fishing Guide Service
Ray Williamson enjoys guiding novice and experienced fishermen alike on Lake Buchanan.

Storm's Restaurant
Popular restaurant with great burgers, catfish, chicken meals and more in Burnet

Lodging in the Burnet Area

Hotels in Burnet
Check out these local hotels in Burnet, TX

Lake House at Willow Point
Waterfront lake rental house on beautiful Lake Buchanan 20 minutes west of Burnet, TX

Loch Lone Star Vacation Lake House
On the Colorado Arm of Lake LBJ near Burnet, TX

Poppy's Pointe Waterfront Resort
Waterfront location on Lake LBJ, 20 minutes west of Burnet. Nine cabins for rent and 58 RV spaces.

Rainbow Hearth Bed and Breakfast
Rental cottages 20 minutes west of Burnet on Lake Buchanan, TX.

Thunderbird Lodge and Event Center
Cabins For rent on Lake Buchanan 20 min. west of Burnet

Big Chief Resort
Voted Area's Best RV & Cabin Resort and the BEST VALUE in 2 counties! Stunning sunsets, Clean cabins, incredible pool and hot tub, large pull through sites, Clubhouse, Boat Ramp, easy deep water access for boaters and much more.

Real Estate in the Burnet Area

Lake LBJ Real Estate - MLS Search
Specializing in Highland Lakes real estate and Texas Hill Country lake property.


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