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Garner State Park, Frio River
Copyright: - Texas State Parks & Historical Sites
Garner State Park, Frio River
Description - Garner State Park is 1419.8 acres (10 water acres of the Frio River) of recreational facilities in northern Uvalde County. The park, was acquired in 1934-36 and was named for John Nance Garner (Cactus Jack) of Uvalde, who served as Vice-President of the United States from 1933-41. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made the parks original improvements.

Attractions - Garner State Park is one of the true beauty spots of Texas found in the northern part of Uvalde County. Located thirty miles north of Uvalde and seven miles north of Con Can, Garner State Park has ten acres of river front.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from Texas and many other states flock here each year to enjoy its matchless vacation facilities. They swim in the clear waters of the Frio River, scoot its rapids on inner tubes, rent pedal boats, and hike its fascinating nature trails. On long summer evenings, young folks and those still young at heart meet at the concession building for jukebox dancing every night during the summer season. Nearby is a miniature golf course, which is lighted for nighttime playing. Meals and snacks are served in the concession building, though many families prefer to take advantage of the many camping sites and do their own cooking. A limited number of cabins are available for rent.

The park is in abundance with Whitetail and Axis deer, Rio Grande turkey, Morning dove, Eastern bluebirds, Golden-cheeked Warblers, Black Rocks squirrels, Fox squirrels, Raccoons, and many other animal species.

There is also an abundance of trees such as Mesquite, Texas Red Bud, Bald Cypress, Western Ash Juniper, Spanish Oak, Lacey Oak, Texas Madrone, Cedar Elm, and Pecan, as well as Mountain Laurel and Agarita shrubs. Geology: Deep, enfolding canyons, pattering streams, high mesas, and carving cliff walls of limestone upon limestone are the brush strokes in the geologic painting of this intriguing terrain found southwest of Kerrville and west of Boerne. Many backcountry paved roads wind through canyons along streams here, offering the traveler a different pace from the pell-mell freeway rush.

All the rocks in this area are early Cretaceous in age, deposited over millions of years in warm, shallow seas that once covered Texas. The Glen Rose formation, a collection of limestone, shale, marl, and siltstone beds, was deposited along the shifting margins of the sea where dinosaurs roamed in great numbers, leaving their footprints in the sands. The Cretaceous Sea then spread over Texas in earnest, limestone, over the Glen Rose beds. This sequence of strata, Glen Rose below, Edwards above, is found throughout this area.

Facilities include campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity; screened shelters; an overflow camping area; a picnic shelter with a kitchen; a dining hall; restrooms with showers; picnic sites; trailer dump stations; a group camp with screened shelters adjacent to a dining hall; .6 miles of surfaced road area for bike riding and day hiking; 5.5 miles of unpaved trails for hiking; and a seasonal concession with a gift shop, a snack bar, a miniature golf course, paddle boats, inner tubes, and laundry facilities. The park's 17 cabins are very popular; each cabin has kitchen facilities, but no utensils, dishes, silverware, linens, towels, or blankets are provided. There are 13 cabins with fireplaces and four without, but all come equipped with electric wall heaters. For summer time weather there is no air-conditioning, only attic fans. Absolutely NO PETS allowed in the cabins or in the cabin area. Also, any cabin reservation for either Friday or Saturday must include both nights. Hotel \ motel tax is added to cabin rates.

Recreation - The park offers camping, hiking, nature study, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, swimming in the Frio River (unsupervised), seasonal miniature golf, and paddle boat rentals (mid-March through Labor Day weekend), bike riding (surfaced).

Also during the summer season the " Friends of Garner State Park" has introduced a new program called " Cowboy Sunset Serenade." This program gives an overview of the history of the American Cowboy through songs and cowboy poetry. These performances are held from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. There is an additional charge for this program. The Third Annual Homecoming Concert will be held May 20, 2000.

Climate - Garner State Park is located at an elevation of 1800 feet. Temperatures within the park range from an average July high of 97 degrees and a January average low of 37 degrees. May and October are the wettest months. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Location - The park is located in Uvalde County, 31 miles north of the town of Uvalde, 9 miles south of Leakey, or 8 miles north of Concan on the Frio River. From US Highway 83, turn east on FM 1050 for .2 miles to Park Road 29 to the new entrance.

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Filed By: Donna M
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My first trip to Garner I was 8, now I'm fifty. Every trip is wonderful. We go as often as we can. All the kids love it. The dances, the deer, the river, they never disapoint me. I come away refreshed and can't wait to start planning my next trip back. I start January 1st every year as this is the most popular park in Texas and getting the space I want is hard work but well worth it. My husband and I have actually just driven out on a whim before and gotten a space tho. So if your having trouble, keep tryin.

Filed By: KBrown (New Braunfels,, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Every time we go to Garner it's a treat! There is so much to do and beautiful breathtaking scenery. I've tent camped, sheltered, and stayed in the cabins. All accomodations are excellent. I really needed the laundry services on one trip and it was so handy. Paddle boats weren't there the past couple of trips, so I don't know if they are still available. It's a dry county and a long way to a town that sells alcohol, so be sure you pack. Nearby Leakey has some restaurants with good home-cookin.

Filed By: megan (houston/hempstead, tx)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: i loved it our family has been going to garner for 37 years now i was there when i was a baby i love garner i recomend it to all it the most awesome place we aredy went once this summer were going aug 10 too

Filed By: Ricardo Espinoza (Laredo, Texas)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Everything has been very weel each year. We are about 5 families that plan our vacation and it has woked out pretty good!

Filed By: AT
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great time...online reservations system (ReserveAmerica) is impossible to use...web site full of bugs and runtime errors that prevent checking availability or even reserving sites.

Filed By: Beth Krause (Cat Spring, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have been visiting the park since 1956,my parents took me when I was four, As an adult I took my children, and now they are taking theirs. The park is a magical place for us. It never changes. Everything I remember as a child is still there to enjoy. EVEN THE SONGS I DANCED TO AS A TEENAGER ARE STILL ON THE JUKE BOX. I do not know what I would do if I couldn't visit the beautiful frio river each year. Los maples has a good restuarant if you feel the need for a senic road trip, and george has the best horseback riding around. Happy trails! BK in Cat Spring, TX

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Garner State Park, HCR #70 Box 599 , Concan, TX, 78838, Phone: 830/232-6132

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Hill Country - The Hill Country region is located in central Texas. Because of its hilly scenery, this is one of the more popular areas in Texas for outdoor recreation.
Texas State Parks - Texas State Parks occupy more than 500,000 acres of pristine ecosystems, historical sites and facilities. The state parks, state natural areas and state historic sites are scattered throughout Texas.

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