Popular for its multiple small canyons, as well as the famous Devil's Waterhole, Inks Lake State Park has been hosting visitors for generations. There are 200 total campsites available, as well as 22 cabins (two of which are handicap accessible). Most of these sites are close to or directly adjacent to the lake, and several of the loops have playgrounds and public showers.
Over nine miles of hiking trails wind through thick forests and rocky bluffs. If you're looking for something a little more involved, you can also try the Pecan Flats, which is a guided, 3.3-mile length of trail complete with bird blinds, regular public restrooms, and two different nature museums placed along the route. Dogs are welcome on these trails, provided they stay on-leash and outdoors at all times.
The water is open for swimming, however no lifeguards staff these "no wake" areas, so swim at your own risk. Paddle boats, canoes, and 1-or-2 person kayaks are available for rental at the park store. Life vests and paddles are included with all rentals. Picnic pavilions have been renovated as of 2016, and now contain full grilling amenities, as well as upgraded seating for 12 adults. Dogs are allowed on all of these outdoor public structures, provided they stay on leash.
Public fishing piers have been here since the late 1960s, and are free for public use without a license. A small bait shop sells general fishing amenities, as well as provides rental of rods, reels, and tackle boxes. Dogs are a common sight on the shore, so feel free to bring our canine for some company while you fish, provided they’re leashed up. The park store sells everything from nachos to inflatables for the water. Hours vary as staffing is primarily done by volunteers, so make sure to contact the Texas Parks office for more info.