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Garner State Park, Texas

4.3
#98 of 602 in Parks in Texas
Texas Parks & Wildlife website http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/garner and phone 512-389-8900 TPWD also has their own facebook page. This page is hosted by the privately ran company Rimkus Management which manages the following amenities within the park-the Pavilion-Gift Shop, Grill & Dance, Putt-Putt, Park Store and Boat Rentals.
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  • There are a lot of campsites here near the river, and plenty of spaces for day travelers, too. There's very little privacy, though, so you might want to travel in an RV or splurge for cabin or a shelt...  more »
  • Garner State park is my Favorite Texas Park great hiking and great family fun make sure you check the water levels so you don't have walk the river  more »
  • Walked along the water and on rocks surrounded by water. Wonderful scenery. Clear water, nature sounds as water made its way through the rocks. Took one of our dogs and she loved it. Looked like the p...  more »
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  • Great park! Good campsites, the river was awesome! We took the crystal cave trail and it was good and challenging. The cave was also pretty cool. Just wish they would work on a better check in system. We waited for almost 2 hours to just check in and pay for our campsite.
  • We drove 4.5 hours from Houston. We heard good things about this place, but NO. It took 2 hours to get into the park. The lady working the counter said it was slow that day and even if it’s busy it doesn’t bother her because she’s there inside and we’re the ones out there waiting, her name was “Lucy”. Next, the campsite... it’s like camping at a neighborhood park. We were in Old Garner site 10. Too many people, too close. The first night we could hear our neighbors snoring, the next night the new people were having a couple argument, really load and lots of f bombs. The restrooms are disgusting, no soap and lots of poop smeared on the walls!!!???! The only good thing was the hike Old Baldy Trail. Beautiful and tall. We also walked through the stones at the water area they have. We’ve gone to Inks Lake, way better. Go there.
  • If you are not a long time Garner person, then you will not understand the park. I, and my whole family, have been going since it opened in 1941. Garner is the river, the hiking, and the dance. Families come from all over the state to meet. Sometimes this is the only time each year they see each other. If you do not like crowds, or camping close to someone, try another park. And if you are unhappy with the bathrooms, and the long lines, complain to your Congressman or senator. The Park system is woefully underfunded. And the campsites are too cheap. If they could charge more, then they could hire the staff that needs to be here. Once again that's your Congressman or Senator problem. And nothing will get changed unless people complain about it. As far as rude staff, anytime someone is overworked and underpaid, you can expect this. Not saying that is acceptable. As far as the long waits to get in, it's usually caused by campers who are not ready when they get to the clerk. You are supposed to have all of your information ready. Yet people continually forget to have their license plate numbers , and number of people in your party. The park will close when it gets busy on the weekends and holidays. It is a huge safety issue when there's no place for cars to park. People start parking anywhere they want to, and accidents happen.
  • I’m giving this park a poor rating because they are not completely dog friendly for campers, and the staff did not give me the full information before I arrived. Before going to this park I checked their website and it said dogs are allowed in the park if kept on a leash at all times. I even called the park office and they told me the same thing over the phone, nothing more. So a group of friends and I planned to spend the weekend at this park, and since I thought they were dog friendly I decided to bring my dog. FYI, my dog is a potty trained and well behaved Labrador retriever, and I always clean up after her. When we arrived we went to the park office to rent a cabin, and that’s when they first told us that the dogs are not allowed in or around the cabins, or shelters, or any other buildings. This means that dogs are only allowed on the camp sites designed for tents, but we hadn’t brought a tent with us. I had brought a travel dog kennel, which I thought would be nice for my dog since it was late February so we wouldn’t need to worry about it getting too hot. So maybe I could’ve rented a separate campsite in the tent area just to put the dog kennel on (since I had no tent), however the park staff then told us that the dog in the kennel must still be monitored 100% of the time. That meant I couldn’t leave the dog in the kennel even for a minute to walk over to the cabin area to join my friends or to sleep in our cabin. The campsites for tents is separated into a different section from the campsites with cabins. Also, the nearest pet sitter or place I could board my dog on such short notice was 1hr 40 min away (near San Antonio) so that was not a feasible option. I gave up and left. For me, the drive to this park was two hours each way. What a waste of time. But my friends stayed, and they told me that every time the park rangers drove by their campsite to patrol the area, they highly scrutinized our group of people; I guess because the staff had seen my dog with the group earlier that day and they weren’t sure if I had really left. This all happened a year ago. I wouldn’t have minded following all their campsite rules, if they had been fully presented to me beforehand so that I could come prepared. Since they didn’t do that, it left me in a difficult position. Other than that, the park has pretty scenery, nice hiking trails, and clean campsites, so I give it 2 stars for that.
  • We love this place. Great trails and the river is beautiful. We typically visit this park when in the hill country - more specifically, the 3 Sisters Loop area. It's easily accessible from the Vanderpool/Leaky area. Can be quite busy during the spring and summer months. This park is a very popular destination during the summer months, so you'll need to plan accordingly.
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