What to do in Blanco State Park

Blanco State Park is 104.6 acres, along the Blanco River, in Blanco County. The land was deeded by private owners in 1933 before the park was opened in 1934. The park area was used as a campsite by early explorers and settlers. A spring in the park made the location ideal when the river was dry. Original developments were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The park is open 7 days a week year-round. There is no gate.

Much of the attraction to the Blanco State Park is its ability to provide a selection of water based and land based recreational activities.

Facilities include restrooms with and without showers; campsites with water and electricity; campsites with water, electricity, and sewer; screened shelters; a group picnic area ("Long Tables"); a group picnic pavilion built by the C.C.C; a sanitary dump station; group, day-use facilities; playgrounds; and a Texas State Park Store. Ira Caswell Nature Trail, a 3/4-mile loop trail, is for hiking or nature study; a self-guided booklet will be available for a small fee at the Texas State Park Store.

Nearby attractions include Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park and LBJ Ranch; located less than 30 miles away, Pedernales Falls and Guadalupe River State Parks and Honey Creek State Natural Area. Also nearby are Canyon Lake, Cascade Caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns, and Aquarena Springs.

Camping fees vary; entrance fee. For reservations call 512/389-8900. Current conditions including fire bans and water levels can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Activities include camping; swimming; picnicking; hiking; nature study; boating (electric motors only); and fishing. Annual Events: Easter Sunrise Service; Blanco Classic Car Show - 3rd Saturday in May. Also contact the park and check their Calendar of Events for events/tours.

The park is located on the south side of Blanco, 40 miles north of San Antonio on US Highway 281; turn on Park Road 23 or 48 miles west of Austin on US Highway 290 to US Highway 281, then south on Park Road 23. The park is only 4 blocks south of the town square.

Blanco State Park is located at an elevation of 1350 feet. Temperatures within the park range from an average January low of 46.2 degrees and a July average high of 85.9 degrees. The first/last freeze is November 6/ March 29. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

P O Box 493
Blanco, TX 78606

Phone: 830/833-4333

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