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Garner State Park, Texas
(4.3/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Big park. Lots of hiking trails. Trails are easy to extremely difficult. We did the day pass. $7.00 each. Lots of spots for campers and tents. Paved drive and parking. Store inside park. Several thing...  more »
  • I hate to harp on restrooms in state parks, but this just has to be mentioned! The stalls and shower stalls were filthy! Surely there must be someone who can clean them more than once a week, it seems...  more »
  • We went on a weekday in October and stayed in the cabins for a night. We were still able to swim in the frio which was beautiful. We hiked as well. The park was not crowded. The shop had all the neces...  more »
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  • Love this place! First of all, I go tent camping so I do not have knowledge on how the RV services are or the cabins. I go to Garner a couple of times a year and have used different sites with water only and water/electric. The Frio River is very clean and clear. New Garner is my preference simply because I feel like I have more space. The river is more shallow on this side but it's still fun to play in and it is a short drive across the park to Old Garner to get to the dam where the water is deeper and you can rent kayaks or paddle boats. A lot of the hiking trails begin in the Old Garner area. I have camped over by the dam and it was convenient to be right next to everything, it just feels a bit more crowded. Bring cash if you want to rent the kayaks/paddleboats ($15/hr). The hiking can be extremely challenging especially the upper half of Bird Trail to White Rock Cave. They also have events you can meet up for posted at the check in office like painting on the river. Check in can be a bit on the slow side but I've always felt that they are friendly and work with you to pick a site. It's a great park, like I said I go a couple of times every year and my teenage boys love it.
  • Garner state park is one of my favorite state parks in Texas and happens to be one of the most visited overnight state parks in all of Texas!!! If you and yours are lookin to camp over the summer, Garner State Park is ganna be the spot. The Frio River stays a cool 60 degrees even during the summer which makes for a heck of a refreshing swim during the heat of a Texas summer! During windy afternoons, even the breeze is kept cool by swooping through the river valley. One can camp, hike, paddle boat, go tubing, picnic, canoe, fish, play miniature golf, ride bikes, and enjoy the community dance during the summer evenings at the pavilion! Whatever you choose to do, make sure you go up river some and set yourself up with one of the outfitters to enjoy yourself a lazy float down one of Texas' favorite river stretches down the Frio!
  • Loved this state park for the various activities you can do here. We went hiking up the old Mount baldy trail and the crystal cave tail. There is also tubing along 2 miles of the frio river, the waters were clear and shallow. I loved tubing the most. Would recommend anybody to spend a day or two at this state park.
  • One of our favorite campsites in Texas. Absolutely beautiful park. The Frio River is the highlight for us. The bathrooms / showers can have a wait line and be a little messy by the end of the day during their busy season - but we expect that and it definitely doesn't take away from the experience. There is a small convenience store near the tent camping, that has saved us when we needed ice, firewood, sunblock, juice, etc.
  • Very nice park with fab hiking, swimming, fishing. Went over a holiday weekend and it got super crowded. Loud campsites very late into the night....and dirty restrooms...but if you can get past these two negatives the park is fantastic! Maybe off weekends are better on the crowds?