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105-acre Blanco State Park is a popular recreation area located along the banks of the scenic Blanco River. Recreation activities include fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking. Swimming, tubing, and canoeing are especially popular; seasonal equipment rentals are no longer available. A total of .7 miles of hiking trails, comprised of a 1/2 mile hiking trail and a .2 mile nature study trail, follow the river.
Spillway on the Blanco River Copyright © Shannon D. Moore
Screened shelters, tent campsites, and developed (RV) sites are available. Anglers may hook winter rainbow trout, perch, catfish, and bass. Wildlife viewing opportunities exist for mallard ducks, raccoons, armadillos and squirrels.
Overnight campers should be aware that the park is located directly off U.S. Highway 281, so there can be road noise at all hours.
Explanation of Symbols Campsites/Overnight Facilities 3 star Leashed Pets Permitted? YES Picnic Areas/Playgrounds 3 star Solitude 2 star Trail System 1 star Water Recreation 1 star Wildlife 3 star Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).
Wild Texas NotebookVisitors wishing to partake in a scenic drive should take R.M. 32 from U.S. Highway 281 two miles south of Blanco. This drive to San Marcos follows the scenic ridge known as the "Devil's Backbone." Aquarena Center, an outdoor education park open year-round in San Marcos, is a popular stop; the former entertainment park has shifted gears to focus on education, but the popular glass bottom boat rides are still available. The pure, clear springs maintain a constant 71 degrees (Fahrenheit) year-round and are home to rare and endangered species such as: blind salamanders, the San Marcos salamander, the fountain darter, and Texas wild rice.
The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, San Antonio
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Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
Visit parks often? Learn about the $70 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts the passholder, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.
Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD's Central Reservation System at
|Blanco State Park
Blanco, TX 78606
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112