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Would your ideal vacation spot be a perfect natural haven filled with hiking, canoeing, tubing, geocaching, and even dancing? For many the answer is yes, and each year many outdoor enthusiasts choose Garner State Park as their ideal summer destination. Chock full of numerous nature-based activities, loaded with Mother Nature’s wonders, and highlighting the beauty of The Frio River, this state park could be your prime location for summer outdoor adventures as well. Are you unfamiliar with this amazing state park in Uvalde County? Here are 5 cool facts to know about Garner State Park.
This beautiful state park is
located in Concan, Texas on the southwestern edge of what is known to
be the Edwards Plateau in the Balcones Canyonlands. It was created
during the Cretaceous age due to fault line activity. Deep cliffs and
mesas define this picturesque canyon land and surround clear rivers and
streams perfect for fishing, canoeing, and tubing. The location,
although visited by many year after year, remains mostly unchanged by
human activity. The natural changes that occur due to weathering,
flooding, or plant growth are allowed to constantly redefine the
landscape without human intervention.
the naturalness of this park is preserved as much as possible, much
wildlife live and thrive there. Visitors to the park will frequently
spot this wild life around them. Squirrels, raccoons, and white-tailed
deer are the most common, but more exotic animals exist there too. Look
for Rio Grande turkeys and mourning doves amongst a whole selection of
various birds. If you are a bird watcher then you are in for a treat.
The golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo, both endangered
species, nest in the park from spring until summer.
3. The Frio River
from springs as the West Frio River, it promptly joins 2 other
tributaries and flows southeast for 200 miles before draining into the
Nueces River. The name Frio means cold in Spanish and this name
perfectly describes the fresh cool waters that lure swimmers and campers
up and down the length of its banks. This river is given a shout-out in
the song, “All my Ex’s live in Texas,” by George Strait who grew up in
Merge the joys of hiking and
exploring with a scavenger hunt and you have geocaching. Hundreds of
geocaches are hidden throughout the park and can be found using a GPS
device or an app on a smart phone with GPS capabilities. The GPS device
tells you how far away a geocache is and you must go off searching for
it. They can be hidden in trees, under rocks, or even placed behind
signs and landmarks. Often times a geocache will house a log book so you
can write in your name and claim victory over that treasure forever.
in the 1940’s during summer evenings, people would gather at the park’s
concessions building and host a dance. This tradition has survived to
this day and the park hosts dances each evening. They are very popular
and require early arrival as they fill up quickly.