What to do in Garner State Park

Garner State Park is 1419.8 acres (10 water acres of the Frio River) of recreational facilities in northern Uvalde County. The park, was acquired in 1934-36 and was named for John Nance Garner (Cactus Jack) of Uvalde, who served as Vice-President of the United States from 1933-41. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made the parks original improvements.

Garner State Park is one of the true beauty spots of Texas found in the northern part of Uvalde County. Located thirty miles north of Uvalde and seven miles north of Con Can, Garner State Park has ten acres of river front.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from Texas and many other states flock here each year to enjoy its matchless vacation facilities. They swim in the clear waters of the Frio River, scoot its rapids on inner tubes, rent pedal boats, and hike its fascinating nature trails. On long summer evenings, young folks and those still young at heart meet at the concession building for jukebox dancing every night during the summer season. Nearby is a miniature golf course, which is lighted for nighttime playing. Meals and snacks are served in the concession building, though many families prefer to take advantage of the many camping sites and do their own cooking. A limited number of cabins are available for rent.

The park is in abundance with Whitetail and Axis deer, Rio Grande turkey, Morning dove, Eastern bluebirds, Golden-cheeked Warblers, Black Rocks squirrels, Fox squirrels, Raccoons, and many other animal species.

There is also an abundance of trees such as Mesquite, Texas Red Bud, Bald Cypress, Western Ash Juniper, Spanish Oak, Lacey Oak, Texas Madrone, Cedar Elm, and Pecan, as well as Mountain Laurel and Agarita shrubs. Geology: Deep, enfolding canyons, pattering streams, high mesas, and carving cliff walls of limestone upon limestone are the brush strokes in the geologic painting of this intriguing terrain found southwest of Kerrville and west of Boerne. Many backcountry paved roads wind through canyons along streams here, offering the traveler a different pace from the pell-mell freeway rush.

All the rocks in this area are early Cretaceous in age, deposited over millions of years in warm, shallow seas that once covered Texas. The Glen Rose formation, a collection of limestone, shale, marl, and siltstone beds, was deposited along the shifting margins of the sea where dinosaurs roamed in great numbers, leaving their footprints in the sands. The Cretaceous Sea then spread over Texas in earnest, limestone, over the Glen Rose beds. This sequence of strata, Glen Rose below, Edwards above, is found throughout this area.

Facilities include campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity; screened shelters; an overflow camping area; a picnic shelter with a kitchen; a dining hall; restrooms with showers; picnic sites; trailer dump stations; a group camp with screened shelters adjacent to a dining hall; .6 miles of surfaced road area for bike riding and day hiking; 5.5 miles of unpaved trails for hiking; and a seasonal concession with a gift shop, a snack bar, a miniature golf course, paddle boats, inner tubes, and laundry facilities. The park's 17 cabins are very popular; each cabin has kitchen facilities, but no utensils, dishes, silverware, linens, towels, or blankets are provided. There are 13 cabins with fireplaces and four without, but all come equipped with electric wall heaters. For summer time weather there is no air-conditioning, only attic fans. Absolutely NO PETS allowed in the cabins or in the cabin area. Also, any cabin reservation for either Friday or Saturday must include both nights. Hotel \ motel tax is added to cabin rates.

Recreation
The park offers camping, hiking, nature study, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, swimming in the Frio River (unsupervised), seasonal miniature golf, and paddle boat rentals (mid-March through Labor Day weekend), bike riding (surfaced).

Also during the summer season the " Friends of Garner State Park" has introduced a new program called " Cowboy Sunset Serenade." This program gives an overview of the history of the American Cowboy through songs and cowboy poetry. These performances are held from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. There is an additional charge for this program. The Third Annual Homecoming Concert will be held May 20, 2000.

Location
The park is located in Uvalde County, 31 miles north of the town of Uvalde, 9 miles south of Leakey, or 8 miles north of Concan on the Frio River. From US Highway 83, turn east on FM 1050 for .2 miles to Park Road 29 to the new entrance.

Climate
Garner State Park is located at an elevation of 1800 feet. Temperatures within the park range from an average July high of 97 degrees and a January average low of 37 degrees. May and October are the wettest months. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Address
HCR #70 Box 599
Concan, TX 78838

Phone: 830/232-6132

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