What To Do Around Lake Buchanan

Lake BuchananRainbow 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!
(512) 756-6986

Scenic Wilderness Cruise

View the awesome beauty of the Colorado River Canyon. Enjoy waterfalls, towering cliffs, abundant wildlife and the many scenic vistas along the river banks.

(512) 756-6986

Sunset Cruise

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. 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.

(512) 756-6986

Kayak Rental

One-Person Boat and Tandem Boats. Reservations and inquiries visit www.vtrc.com
(512) 756-6986

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 www.austinastro.org
  • 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

(800) 977-0081

Buchanan Adventure Tours

Located at Canyon of the Eagles Park
Kayak Trips and Rentals. They provide solo & tandem kayaks, 3-person canoes, paddle boards and more.

Favorite Destinations:

  • Fall Creek Waterfalls (4-6 hrs)
  • Fall Creek Vineyards (4 hrs)
  • Garrett Island (4 hrs)
  • Within Park Boundaries (2-4 hrs)

(512) 756-4700

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.

(512) 756-4680

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.

(512) 756-4647

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!

(512) 264-8880

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.