Marble Falls is a small city in Burnet County, Texas, located just 48 miles northwest of the larger Austin. It was founded in 1887 and made history thirty years later by electing the first female mayor. Today, the city has grown into the entertainment and retail center for the Highland Lakes region, and it is a popular destination for retirees, tourists and families. With three veterinary clinics in town, it is also a good place for pet parents.
Whether you are a local or visiting from out of town, bring your canine companion to Ruff Park- Marble Falls Dog Park. This fully fenced-in dog park welcomes both large and small dogs and features a convenient waste cleanup station. The park is well-shaded and has a small selection of agility equipment for athletic pups to enjoy.
If you need a place to lay your head at the end of a hard day, try La Quinta Inn & Suites Marble Falls for pet-friendly accommodations at no additional fee. There are also several local restaurants that welcome dogs at their outdoor tables. Try Schlotzsky’s for delicious burgers, or stop by Ginger & Spice for your favorite Thai cuisine. No matter what you do, you and your pooch will have a tail-waggin’ great time in Marble Falls!
Located in the heart of Downtown Marble Falls, Johnson Park Off-Leash Dog Area is a must-visit location. It is located within Johnson Park, and offers plenty of space for off-leash play. Make note, though, that this area is not fully fenced. It is bordered by a stream and fence, and is accessible via a footbridge. Trash cans are provided, but remember to bring your own cleanup bags. After a hard day of play, grab a bite to eat at Doc’s Fish Camp and Grill. This local favorite serves up a wide variety of seafood favorites and welcomes leashed dogs on their deck. The waitstaff even brings doggy diners bowls of water.
Head 14 miles southeast of Marble Falls, and you will find the city of Spicewood. home to the Pace Bend Park. This large park spans several acres and features a designated off-leash area for four-legged visitors. The off-leash area contains a beach where dogs are welcome to go for a dip. Beware, though, that this area is not fenced. The park also features several trails that well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to explore with their owners. When you need to fuel up, grab a bite to eat at the nearby Briarcliff Bistro and Bacon Bar where dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating area.
Head 23 miles south of Marble Falls to nearby Johnson City to access some serious outdoor fun. Pedernales Falls State Park is the perfect place to spend a day exploring with your canine companion. If you’re looking for a short walk, try the quarter-mile nature trail leading to a scenic overlook. If you are in the mood for a more intense hike, spend some time on the 7-mile Wolf Mountain Trail. No matter which option you choose, your four-legged best friend is welcome as long as he kept on a leash that is no longer than six feet.
West Burnet is located just 12 miles north of Marble Falls, and it is home to the expansive Inks Lake State Park. This pup-ular state park is the perfect place to enjoy hiking and backpacking with your canine companion. Explore 9 miles of hiking trails that wind through shady forests and over rocky hills, or spend some time on the 3.3-mile Pecan Flats trail. The park is open daily, and dogs are welcome to accompany their owners as long as they remain leashed. Pet parents are responsible for cleaning up after their furry friends, and adults must pay a fee to enter the park.
If you’re up for a bit of road trip, head 31 miles southeast to The Galleria neighborhood in Bee Cave. When your dog needs to burn off some energy, stop by the Bee Cave Central Dog Park. This fenced off-leash dog run has plenty of space for active canines, and features a pond and plenty of trees for shade. There are also benches where pet owners can relax and take in the action. If you’re hungry, there are several restaurants with Fido-friendly outdoor seating. Try Tadashi, Bee Cave Coffee Co., Little Woodrow’s, Yogurt Planet, Austin Burrito Company or Jersey Mike’s Subs.