November 22, 2014

Wild Texas Parks: Garner State Park - Concan, TX

Garner State Park
Concan, Texas (Uvalde County)


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About the State Park

Limestone bluffs above the Frio River
Frio River
Copyright © Justin W. Moore
Nestled next to the cool, cypress-shaded Frio River and towering stone cliffs, 1,420-acre Garner State Park is one of the most developed and heavily visited Texas state parks. Camping is particularly popular during the summer months in the park's more than five hundred available developed (RV) and tent campsites, screened shelters, and rental cabins with kitchen facilities. An 18-hole miniature golf course, grocery store, and paddle boat rental area, and concessions are available on a seasonal basis.

Six miles of hiking trails are available (trail map); swimming, picnicking, fishing, and canoeing are also popular. Wildlife watchers may see white-tail deer, armadillos, wild turkeys, geese, and songbirds. Bicycling is permitted on paved roads only, unless otherwise noted. To avoid park overcrowding, try not to schedule visits for summer or holiday weekends. Reservations are highly recommended.

Park Ratings

Explanation of Symbols
Campsites/Overnight Facilities**** 4 star
Leashed Pets Permitted?Animated Running Dog YES
Picnic Areas/Playgrounds**** 4 star
Solitude* 1 star
Trail System** 2 star
Water Recreation** 2 star
Wildlife** 2 star
Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).

Wild Texas Notebook

Visits to Garner State Park in the off-season, particularly during weekdays, provide a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere. This tranquility is a contrast to the crowding the park experiences during the summer and holidays.

Wildlife includes turkey vulture, ducks and geese that wade and wander along the Frio River. Majestic bald cypress trees, among other species, grace the park and provide an excellent respite from the Texas heat.

Location

From Uvalde, travel north on Highway 83. The park is located ten miles north of Concan on Park Road 29.

The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, San Antonio

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29.58278° Latitude    -99.73917° Longitude (WGS84/NAD83; decimal degrees)
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Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round from 8 AM to 10 PM for day use activities.
NOTE: During periods of peak visitation, such as holidays and weekends, the park quickly fills to capacity -- all available parking spaces become filled. This forces the park to close, sometimes as early as 11 AM. Visitors who are turned away are encouraged to visit other area parks or return after 5 PM, when the park reopens. However, campers with reservations are granted entry at any time.

Check for restricted park access before any trip. When controlled public hunts are in progress, general access is not permitted.

Fees

A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $5 per person for adults 13 years of age and older, or $3 per person if camping overnight. (Texas residents age 65 or older pay only $3 per person.) NOTE: Listed fees may not be accurate year-round due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.

Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.

Note: Learn about the $60 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts passholders, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.

Reservations

Reserve Now for campsites or other park facilities.

Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD's Central Reservation System at (512)389-8900 from 9 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday, 9 AM to noon on Saturdays.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Contact the Friends of Garner, the officially recognized non-profit support group of Garner State Park, at 234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838.

Official Contact Information

The State Park is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Garner State Park
234 RR 1050
Concan, TX 78838

Telephone: (830)232-6132
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112

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