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Garner State Park

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by Sierra Schuette
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Garner State Park is about two and a half hours away from San Marcos in Concan, Texas and is a great place for a day trip or even a longer camping trip. This week I tagged along with my boyfriend’s family and stayed on the Frio River in a cabin at the Bent River Retreat. We stayed for three nights and went hiking, swimming, and fishing. I had a great time on our little Texas getaway.

Between 1935 and 1941, President Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps constructed many facilities in the park which are still in use today. The park was opened in 1941 and named after Vice President John Garner. The park is located on the edge of Edwards Plateau and is considered part of the Balcones Canyonlands. The canyon walls reach up to 2,000 ft in elevation. The park is full of a large variety of vegetation and wildlife. Garner State Park has had the highest number of overnight campers in the state since it opened. The clear waters attract campers from all over and the hiking trails offer another great attraction.

I really enjoyed my trip and think that it is a wonderful place for a little vacation here in Texas. Getting away from all of the hustle and bustle of the city is very refreshing for everyone. There are many options of places to stay in the park such as campsites, cabins, or screen shelters. There are also other options outside of the park such as bed and breakfasts, rental cabins, and parks for trailers. Equipment rentals are also available in and outside the park so that you can have plenty of new adventures. If you are looking for a new place to camp this is a great option for your family or friends.

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