Best car camping spot around along the Frio River in the glorious hill country with cold water and beautiful hilly, limestone scenery all around. Make sure you check out a map/photos to snag a good camp spot in the shade and not right next to a bathroom. Spot 468 was perfectly shady, slightly isolated and there was a little walkway strait to water. Garner is Heaven.
We stayed at Pecan Grove and it was definitely more of the party scene compared to quieter other state parks. When driving through, other sites seemed quieter, though further from the river. Overall great place, cool hikes, and the amenities seem cool in a non-COVID time! Just make sure to pick a campground that fits what you’re looking for!
April 4 - 6, 2019 It was very hot in April. No TV through antenna, no Verizon cell service. WiFi is available at Visitors Center. Restrooms smelled like urine. Showers, flush toilets, electric, water, dump station and laundry room. We did pay a reduced rate of $16.50 because we purchased the state pass. Two Fat Boys restaurant in Leakey, TX was excellent.
My wife's favorite state park for 20 years finally met its match. Daingerfield SP now sits at#2, and Garner has taken its 1st place platform.
We almost don't want to write such an awesome review for Garner, because it doesn't need any more traffic. It's the busiest park in Texas. I have no idea how we've missed it for so long. But it's obviously no secret.
So let's start at the beginning. Check-in. Be ready for a wait. Take a number. Really. You take a number. And yes, we had a reservation.(You definitely should make well in advance reservations for this park.)
Wait till your name is called over the speaker and then enter the check-in room and approach one of the staffed windows(they have multiple staff working to process their large number of visitors). We arrived the Sunday of a holiday weekend and waited an hour for our number. I can't imagine what the start of a holiday weekend looks like.(0_0)
But after check in… it's all gold for this family. Spring fed, cool, crystal clear waters flowing thru a limestone bed is the star of Garner. Lounge, float, swim, rope swings, tube the river, just get in. You won't want to get out.
This SP has scenic hikes for all levels, plenty to bike, Miniature Golf, a candy store, an ice cream shop, an Airstream food trailer, and nightly boot scootin' summer dances(my wife LOVES two-steppin').
So pack your swim trunks, inner tubes, and boots, and Garner will take care of the rest…
We enjoyed the empty but quiet park last winter. It was cold but the long walks warm us up. There was a little leaf colors. We plan to go back this summer.
The park has sone beautiful hiking along the Frio river. We stayed in the sites with full hookup which seam to be newer with new restrooms not open at the time so we had a short walk to the visitor center bathroom which was minimal and not as clean as I would like. The sites with just water and electric were much shadier and beautiful. They also have tent camping, some with shelters. I believe cabins are also available. Checkin process was a little slow even though we had reservations, I suggest to them they should have a separate fast lane for those with reservations. The camp store and gift shop were very nice and well stocked with essentials. Fire wood was about $6 for a large bundle. Garner grill was not open.
Has water activities suck has kayak rentals and canoes. I personally didn’t rent anything didn’t do anything in the water as the time of year Emmy group went, the water was very cold.
Hiking up to their peak was very nice and not too crazy difficult as well. Good place for a family trip.
Our family has made Garner an annual trip at Spring Break. The park has TONS of activities for everyone - hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, dancing - yes I said dancing. At the pavilion around 830pm on the weekends they have a dance. A hike up Old Baldy is a must. It’s a workout but the views are well worth it. The RV sites are mostly level. The park is Water and Electric only but there are plenty of dump stations.
Clean and safe. Park patrol was clearly present which felt nice. Three or four dump stations made for a quick experience when leaving at the end of our stay. A lot of Day Users so expect large crowd of none overnight guests. Wi-Fi and cell phone coverage was all but non- existent. Had to drive to Park Headquarters to get Wi-Fi and that was spotty. Park store had plenty to offer but as you can imagine prices were a much inflated. Many trails to hike and the river is cool and clear.
Always a pleasure returning to relax and enjoy the scenery. Water is clear and always refreshing to get in on a hot summer day.