Lake Marble Falls is the smallest of the Highland Lakes, but it's big on fun, including spending the day exploring by paddle. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey

Lake Marble Falls is the smallest of the Highland Lakes, but it’s big on fun, including spending the day exploring by paddle. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey

Lake Marble Falls is a cool pool of the Colorado River surrounded by limestone cliffs, small-town Texas charm, and Hill Country history. It's the smallest of the Highland Lakes chain, but it has a lot to offer the would-be visitor or lake bum. 
Here are five reasons to stay — and play — on Lake Marble Falls.

A small lake means less to worry about

Lake Marble Falls is just 611 acres, which makes it perfect for relaxation. Worry less about high-speed boaters and crowded shorelines and enjoy the laidback lake life. Bring your own boat and cruise between the historic Wirtz Dam to the west and Max Starcke Dam to the east. 
If you’re feeling adventurous, bring a kayak or paddleboard and explore Backbone Creek or the rapids near Wirtz Dam or inspect the limestone up close. Lake Marble Falls is relatively sheltered from the wind, making paddling a breeze. If you’re in need of a watercraft, check out our boat, kayak, and paddleboard rental business list

You’re in the heart of Marble Falls!

Access to Lake Marble Falls is less than a half-mile from its namesake city's center. Restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, music, and more are a 10-minute walk from Lakeside Park, the perfect venue for your day at the lake. The city of Marble Falls has been a Texas Hill Country getaway for decades, and it is only growing. 
For a bit of decadence, plan your stay around tours of nearby vineyards, distilleries, or breweries
Whether you’re hungry for hometown barbecue, craving a coffee, or seeing the sights, Lake Marble Falls is just a stone’s throw away from it all.

You don’t have to rough it to enjoy the great outdoors

Lake Marble Falls happens to be smack dab in the middle of civilization, but the surrounding rugged Texas Hill Country is begging to be explored. Staying on Lake Marble Falls means you are less than an hour from countless outdoor adventures. Rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking are within easy access. Explore a handful of Central Texas’ best parks, including Longhorn Cavern State Park, Inks Lake State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park, and Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
For a slower-paced pastime, hit the greens and golf your way around the Highland Lakes
There's something for everyone when you unwind lakeside. 

There is always something to do

Marble Falls is at the center of boundless festivals, celebrations, destinations, and events. A stay on Lake Marble Falls gives you access to year-round fun. In the spring and summer, check out the high-speed LakeFest drag boat races, the beautiful blooms of the Bluebonnet Festival, or the bucking broncs of the Marble Falls Rodeo. Fall and winter offer sprawling pumpkin patches and stunning Christmas lights displays. Listen to live music and practice your two-step at a dancehall, catch a movie, or satisfy your artistic sensibilities at a gallery or studio.

A Highland Lakes and Hill Country hub

Marble Falls is the perfect basecamp for Hill Country explorers. An hour or less on the road can take you to the peach orchards of Fredericksburg or the bars of Sixth street in Austin. Use Marble Falls as the jumping-off point to visit the rest of the Highland Lakes. Hop across the historic town squares of Llano, Johnson City, Burnet, and Blanco or roll through the refined circles of Horseshoe Bay and Lakeway. 
Whether you’re looking for down-home charm, outdoor adventure, or unrivaled relaxation, a stay on Lake Marble Falls is sure to deliver.
Now that you've decided to make Lake Marble Falls your ultimate destination, check out our Marble Falls places to stay guide.