Lake Buchanan – Texas

What To Do Around Lake Buchanan

 Local Attractions

Rainbow Hearth is a place where people to come de-stress and reconnect with each other, nature, and their own spirits. For many, the thing “to do” while at Rainbow Hearth is a whole lot of nothing! In other words, relax! It can take a day or two to settle into a comfortable reality that doesn’t include alarm clocks, TV, newspapers, appointments and schedules.

We can forget what real relaxation feels like! Savor your visit by sleeping in, taking naps, reading (you can always borrow a book from our excellent library), getting a therapeutic bodywork session, enjoying the scenery while sipping a cup of tea or just taking pleasure in the peaceful, beautiful surroundings.

But sometimes a hike, kayak excursion or other nature adventure can be invigorating additions to your stay. Following are some activities and excursions that guests have enjoyed and recommended.

» Vanishing Texas River Cruise
Reservations are a must!

» Scenic Wilderness Cruise (March through October)
Daily (except Monday and Tuesday) at 11 a.m.
View the awesome beauty of the Colorado River Canyon. Enjoy waterfalls, towering cliffs, abundant wildlife and the many scenic vistas along the river banks.

Adults:  $20.25 per person
Seniors (60+), Active Military and Teen-Agers (13+):  $18.59
Children (2-12):  $12.75
Optional Lunch:  "Captain's Box Lunch" (optional) ... Sandwich, Chips, Dessert, Iced Tea and Water:  $7.70

» Sunset Cruise (May through October)
Saturday only (May thru August 6 p.m., September 5 p.m.)
Treat your self to a relaxing evening aboard our famous cruise boat. Your evening cruise is often supplemented by entertainment from one of a number of musical artists.

$21.25 for all ages

Optional dining while enjoying the awesome scenery is $13.80.
MENU:  Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Wild Rice, Steamed Vegetables, Fresh Baked Rolls, Dessert and Iced Tea

Wine Boat (when water level allows – check for availability)
Saturday at 1:30 pm
Enjoy visiting a local hill country vineyard for wine tasting and a tour of the vineyard in addition to a scenic cruise of the Colorado River Canyon.

» Kayak Rental [also from Vanishing Texas]
One-Person Boat:  2 hrs for $30, 4 hrs for $40, 8 hrs $60
Tandem Boat:  2 hrs for $40, 4 hrs for $50, 8 hrs for $75

» Canyon of the Eagles Park

Canyon of the Eagles is a place designed for enjoying nature. Most of the 940 acres of Canyon of the Eagles Park have been set aside as a nature preserve for wildlife, including endangered Bald Eagles, Black-capped Vireos and Golden-cheeked Warblers.

Whether you're relaxing by the beach, hiking more than 14 miles of trails, visiting the Night Sky Observatory or attending an interpretive program, there's plenty to enjoy:

  • 14 miles of nature trails

  • 5-miles private beach and fishing pier

  • Canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals

  • Eagle-Eye Observatory is open [weather permitting] from sunset to 10-11 pm. Sponsored by Austin Astronomical Society. The Observatory has a 12” and a 16” telescope available to the public Tuesday thru Saturday. The Society also hosts Star Parties, open to the public, where large groups of star enthusiasts get together and enjoy the very dark and brilliant skies. Schedules and upcoming events can be found at

  • Interpretive programs feature local naturalists presenting hands-on talks, including American Indian Relics, Shake Rattle & Coil, Owl Prowl and guided nature hikes

  • The Canyon of the Eagles Restaurant is open every day to the public as well as park guests for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Reservations recommended for dinner.

  • Primitive campsites [no water or electricity] for $10/site/day plus Park entry fee of $4/person/day

  • Chimney Slough improved campsites are $12/day/site + entrance fee, with water and port-a-potties

  • Full hook-up RV sites also available for $20/night + entrance fee

» Buchanan Adventure Tours (Located at Canyon of the Eagles Park)
Kayak Trips and Rentals. We have solo & tandem kayaks, 3-person canoes, and paddle boards.

Favorite Destinations & Typical Kayak Rental Time:

  • Fall Creek Waterfalls (4-6 hrs)

  • Fall Creek Vineyards (4 hrs)

  • Garrett Island (4 hrs)

  • Within Park Boundaries (2-4 hrs)



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Guided Waterfall Paddle:  3-4 hr trip, 8 miles total, box lunch included ... $105/adult, kids 7-13 $85

Waterfall Tours:  2-8 persons.  This great tour will take you & your group, and maybe your dog, to Falls Creek Falls on a pontoon boat. You can paddle around and under the falls, and then get back in the pontoon boat and cruise back to the park.

» Longhorn Caverns State Park

Longhorn Caverns State Park features Longhorn Caverns, a Texas Hill Country wonder created over thousands of years by the dissolving and cutting action of water on the limestone bedrock of the area. Fossil remains show that Ice Age animals once occupied the cave. Early records indicate that the Comanche Indians were the first to use the cavern, beginning 5-600 years ago. In more recent history, the cavern was used as a Confederate stronghold where gunpowder was secretly manufactured during the Civil War. The cavern is also rumored to have been the hideout of Sam Bass, a legendary Texas outlaw.

Paranormal Tours:  Last Saturday of each month @ 10 pm – $26.56/2 hours & $47.81 for 4 hours.

Concerts in the Cave:  No regular schedule or set price. Call for more information.

Hours of Operation:
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays
Hourly Tours: From 10 am - 4 pm

May 30 - September 1, Monday - Friday
Hourly Tours:  10 am - 4 pm
September 2nd - May 29th
Monday - Friday:  11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm

Adults: $13.80; Teens, Seniors & Military: $12.75; Kids: $8.50

» Sunset Boat Rentals

Sunset Boat Rentals will pick up and deliver your rental boat to Rainbow Hearth’s shore. No need to drive around the lake to get to the rental dock! There is no additional fee for pick up and delivery service. However, boats must be rented for a minimum of half a day. Renting your own watercraft is a fabulous way to see the river’s natural beauty and wildlife up close.

[Note:  NO Jet Skis are available for rent on the lake.]

Ski Boat - 19.5' (Seats 6 adults)
Half Day:  $250.00 5 hours [8 am –1 pm or 2 pm –7pm]
Full Day:  $385.00 11 hours [8 am – 7 pm]

Pontoon - 22' (Seats 10 adults)
Half Day:  $270.00 5 hours
Full Day:  $400.00 11 hours

Pontoon – 24’ (Seats 12 adults)
Half day:  $285
Full day:  $425

Houseboat (Sleeps 6) $500/night
Houseboat (Sleeps 10) $600/night

Towables:  We have skis, kneeboards, wakeboards, tubes ... one towable of your choice. (includes rope, and vest)  $45.00

* Rental Rates do not include Fuel or Sales Tax

» Post Oak Farm Horseback Riding 

Post Oak Farm has well-trained and cared for horses and they do a good job of matching horse to rider. They offer 2 hour trail rides and private lessons, and are only 25 minutes from Rainbow Hearth. Contact them about pricing and schedules.

» Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

Cypress Canopy Tours is located off Hwy 71, about 1 hour from Rainbow Hearth. It offers such great family fun and inspiring natural beauty that we want to recommend it even though it’s a little longer drive!

After experiencing a canopy tour in Costa Rica, David and Amy Beilharz decided to share the beauty of Cypress Creek valley with minimal impact on the environment and a whole new angle of experiencing nature – from a bird’s eye view!

Canopy Tour:  Lasts 1.5 hours and costs $75. Safe for ages 10-80+.

Canopy Challenge:  A major adventure and requires prior completion of the basic Canopy Tour. Participants will need strength, balance and courage to navigate the longer zip lines, sky bridges and other challenges. $85.

Sunrise Birding Tour:  Takes participants through the canopy in the company of a local wildlife biologist. The tour takes 2-3 hours, with time to sit, listen to and identify the many feathered singers in this lovely dawn chorus. $125.

» Falkenstein Castle

Falkenstein Castle is located between Burnet and Marble Falls, 5 miles northeast of Kingsland and one mile west of Longhorn Caverns.  The footprint of the grounds and buildings covers four acres, and the main residence is nearly 90 feet tall. Thousands of tons of limestone, granite, sand, cement, rock and block were used in the construction of Falkenstein Castle, which sits on 113 acres with a majestic view of the Texas Hill Country. The castle is a private residence. It is available for weddings, but not for public tours.  You can see Falkenstein Castle on a clear day from Rainbow Hearth’s dining room balcony.

1330 Waterway Lane  •  Burnet,  TX 78611  •  (512) 756-7878  •  Toll Free: (888) 756-7878