Garner State Park is located eight miles north of Concan, Texas on FM 1050. The primary way to approach Garner is from US Hwy 83 that runs north and south. At the junction of US Hwy 83 and FM 1050, turn to the east and go about .2 mile and the park entrance will be on the right. There is a large Garner State Park sign in the middle of the divided entrance to the park.
Garner State Park is probably the most popular state park in Texas. The park consist of 1419.8 acres with 10 acres of riverfront on the Frio River. Garner offers a full range of camping facilities to meet any campers need. There are approximately 450 total camping sites with almost 260 of those that will accomodate RVs. Those sites that accomodate RVs have water and a mixture of 30 and 50 amp electricity. There are only 15 RV sites that have sewer connections but those can not be reserved ahead of time. They are used mostly by the park hosts but you can get one upon arrival if one is available. Otherwise, there is a dump station available. This park was first opened in 1941 so it was around before the advent of large RVs with slideouts. Therefore, not all RV sites will accommodate large rigs. It is best to let the staff know the size of your rig when you call for a reservation.
Besides the RV sites, Garner offers a lot of tent camping and some cabins. Garner is also a day use area and many people take advantage of that to come and swim in the Frio River for the day during the hot summer months. Many people come just for picnics and to enjoy the beauty of nature that Garner State Park offers.
Swimming in the Frio River
Garner State Park is like an institution. Different generations of famalies have been coming here for years. Many of them have family reunions here. It has been around since it was acquired in 1934-36 and was named after John Nance Garner who served as Vice-President of the United States from 1933-1941. Garner has a lot to offer people who like to get out and camp and it is located in the prettiest part of the Texas Hill Country. The crystal clear waters of the Frio River and the high rollings hills make a wonderful setting for a campground. There is an abundance of wildlife that roams throught the park. The most notable are the white tail deer and the exotic axis deer. There are also Rio Grande Turkey, squirrels and many species of birds that inhabit this area.
Garner State Park is a very popular destination in the summer. If you plan a visit, call well ahead of time for reservations.
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This Old Campsite
This Old Campsite
Garner State Park