This review of Garner State Park will give you some of the reason why Texas Outside likes this Park. Garner State Park is located in some of the prettiest Hill Country in Texas about 7 miles north of Concan. The Park opened in 1941 making it one of the oldest Parks in Texas and it was named after John Nance Garner (“Cactus Jack”) of Uvalde, who served as vice president of the United States from 1933-41. A number of the Parks original features were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp.
Garner State Park is 1,419 acres and one of the main attractions of the Park is the 10 acres of waterfront along the Frio River for swimming, fishing, or just sitting in the water. One of the traditions at the Park since it opened has been the dancing on the only CCC constructed dance pavilion in a State Park. When the Park opened, live bands would play to a packed floor of dancers in the beautiful native limestone and cypress pavilion. In later years, a juke box replaced the live bands but the dances still continue.
The Park is clean and well maintained and is very popular during the summer months.
When we stayed here we spent most of one day enjoying the Frio River. We also hiked up to the scenic overlook and mountain biked around the campground and on one of the trails.
On one trip we camped at Garner State Park after attending the Frio River Song Fest which is an annual event with some great music by talented Texas singer songwriters. Here is a link to our review of the Frio River Song Festival.