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Blanco State Park, Blanco

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Blanco State Park is a 104.6 acres park, along a mile of the Blanco River, on the southern edge of Blanco, Texas. It features camping, picnicking, screened shelters, swimming, tubing, nature trails, and a wildlife viewing station. The park is hilly with mostly cedar, and pecan trees. Among the animals seen at the park are nutria, mallards, raccoon, armadillo and squirrel.Much of the early development of the park was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, including a group picnic pavilion.On May 24th 2015 the park was hit by a catastrophic flood
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  • My wife & I along with our 3 chihuhuas spend this past week at Blanco State Park. We had a good time considering the weather was cold with a couple of days with rain. There re plenty of things to do d...  more »
  • This is a great little park close to San Antonio and Austin. We loved it here - quiet, low traffic and a real chance to get away for a few hours. I recommend this place to anyone looking for a day tri...  more »
  • This is a beautiful park. It is not real big, but yet there is plenty of room. The river runs through the center of the park just on the outskirts of downtown. The large shade trees and variety of wil...  more »
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  • I camped at this state park for 4 nights over New Year's Eve holiday week. -- -- -- CAMPING -- -- -- The campsite here is very nice. There are sturdy wooden structures over each site's picnic table. There were also fire rings at each site (collecting fire wood from the surroundings is prohibited though), and each site had a good amount of space so you weren't packed right in next to your neighbor. There was some garbage that was left in our fire ring, but I more blame inconsiderate guests for this rather than the park. The bathrooms were clean and nicely kept. The campsite is right next to a highway, but from our site we couldn't really hear it. There was also a field with cows right behind that made their way near the campsite at night (they were fun to watch). The cost of camping was $20 per night, but keep in mind that this doesn't include the per person $5 entry fee per day. If you are budget traveling, make sure to add $5 per day per person to the $20 fee (2 people camping is actually $30 per night, 3 people would be $35 per night). -- -- -- PARK -- -- -- This park is very small. It's along a river and spans a thin stretch around the sides of the water but it is also close to some busy highways that prevent it from being a very relaxing place. There are 2 hiking trails that are a bit difficult to find (one is also pretty overgrown). They are both short trails and could easily be exhausted in a half day (or less). Neither are very well maintained, but most of that is most likely due to budget cuts at a higher level. This park is a popular place for fishing, but if you are looking for more than that, there isn't really too much to keep you entertained here. We did see a lot of wildlife (many birds, deer). -- -- -- BLANCO -- -- -- One nice thing about this park is that it is easy to walk into the town really easily. There is even an entrance gate that remains open that allows you to get right into downtown Blanco. If you are coming around Christmas, make sure to check out the amazing lights the town puts up in the park and around the entire downtown area! There isn't really a lot to keep you entertained in the small town, but there are some neat little shops to check out and a few cafes and restaurants.
  • One of the nicest Texas state parks we've stayed at. Beautiful scenery, clean bathrooms, lots of premium camping sites, full hookups for RVs. Overall great place to stay. RECOMMEND!
  • We've been wanting to check this place out for awhile now. It's about 4 hours from us in Ft Worth. The kiddos had an extra long weekend and we took advantage of it. This is a smaller park with the river the central attraction. Not many places for hiking if that's your thing. Swimming and fishing. Three nights here was perfect. The park is literally in town so biking for some ice cream is also a good choice.
  • First off there are NO alligators here, like one image shows. I asked the rangers and they said no. There is potentially water moccasins, but no ranger has seen one in like the past decade. I went with my husband and 3 and 5 year old. Riding bikes around the road was a huge hit. The river is really nice, but be aware that the dam and pool area are REALLY slippery even with chacos shoes on.
  • Just an hour from Austin and San Antonio. It is a great spot for for a picnic, afternoon swim, fishing trip or a weekend campout on the banks of the spring-fed Blanco River. On the water, you can swim, fish, paddle or boat. On land, you can picnic, hike, camp, watch for wildlife, and more

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