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Family Fun at Garner State Park on Frio River

Posted in: Garner State Park
By SAGE - Premium Texas Real Estate
Aug 2, 2013 - 7:24:01 PM

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Looking to stay cool during summers in the land of TexasGarner State Park is off Highway 83 in Uvalde County, nine miles south of Leakey TX real estate.  The Park offers over 1,400 acres of dramatic Texas Hill Country landscapes with the exciting Frio River rumbling by tall cypress trees.  Gather the family for swimming, hiking, dancing, and camping fun at Garner State Park.

Generations of residents of Fredericksburg Texas homes and families from Austin to San Antonio real estate make vacationing at Garner State Park an annual event.  Some so enjoy the park that they settle into a second home nearby or a Texas ranch.  Others build custom homes on unique five-acre Texas Hill Country land lots in planned communities such as The Ridge.

Popular activities include swimming, tubing, picnicking, fishing, canoeing, fishing, nature study, and wildlife watching, bicycling, and hiking.  Garner State Park offers ten miles of riverfront joy.  There are six miles of hiking trails.  Bicycling is only permitted on paved roads.  Avid bicyclists may also enjoy riding to Leakey (9 miles north), Uvalde (30 miles south) or Concan (7 miles south).  

The beautiful park is a true getaway.  Deep canyons, high mesas, carved limestone cliffs contrast with the crystal-clear waters.  Abundant wildlife dive in and out of the trees.  White-tailed and axis deer, eastern bluebirds, Rio Grande turkey, squirrels, raccoons and others frequent the park.  Stands of western ash juniper, mesquite, Texas red bud, pecan, bald cypress, Spanish and Lacey oak, Cedar Elm, and Texas madrone reach to the blue skies.

A study of the natural features reveals rock formations from the early Cretaceous period when warm, shallow seas covered Texas.  The Glen Rose formation of limestone, shale, marl, and siltstone captured dinosaur footprints in the sand.  The Edwards Formation followed that era.

One of the best developed and visited of the Texas state parks, the park provides over 500 RV and tent campsites, screened shelters, and rental cabins with kitchens.  Other amenities include an 18-hole miniature golf course, grocery store, concessions, and kayak and paddleboat rentals.  Campsite reservations are highly recommended during the summer weekends.

Acquired in the mid 1930s, the Park's namesake is John Nance Garner (Cactus Jack) of Uvalde, Vice-President of the United States (1933-1941).  A museum in Uvalde honors his life.  The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) initially improved the park.  Somewhere along the line, the men put in a jukebox in the concession stand and invited ladies to kick up their heels, beginning a dancing-in-the-park tradition that still thrives.  

From Highway 83, turn east on FM 1050 for .2 miles.  Take Park Road 29 to the new entrance.  Click here to contact Dale Cook or call 830-997-1035.


Dale E. Cook, MBA, Broker/Owner

Sage - Premium Texas Real Estate
405 N. Llano St.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

830-997-1035 office
830-992-0056 cell

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