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About Garner State Park
Price
$20.00
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State
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
WiFi
Location
Garner State Park is located in Texas
Latitude
29.5989 N
Longitude
-99.744 W
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41 Reviews of Garner State Park
The cutest little cabins in the middle of nowhere

It’s wonderful here, everyone is family and the food is terrific! The people come from everywhere and yet no one ever knows where it is so only the best people ever get here! Bring your dancing boots, because they play amazing Texas county.

Popular for a reason

Garner is a popular camp site, but it also has a lot of space available, so booking a site isn't often an issue.

Old Garner (which is closest to the trails, shop and the rentals) books up the quickest and New Garner (which is further away) books up slower.

One thing to note is that when checking in, you must do so the day of arrival. Unlike other Texas State Parks, you may not check in the next morning. If you arrive after the gate is closed, you are sleeping in your car.

The campsites themselves are pretty nice. In Old Garner, you're camping mostly in a field so there isn't much privacy. In New Garner, it has more trees and you feel like you have some space from others.

All sites have water, a fire ring, and picnic tables. Some of them also have access to electricity. In Old Garner, there are shelters you can book as well.

Garner has a number of buildings to check out. The Visitor Center (which use to be the old park HQ) has some displays of CCC artifacts as well as things to buy. There is also the store where you can buy food you may have forgotten, ice, wood, and a bunch of other camp items. Lastly, there is the gift shop that has a wide range of items with the Garner name on it.

The Gift Shop building was built by the CCC and they held dances in front of the building, something they still do today.

Near the Gift Shop is the Garner Grill that serves burgers and the like. There is also a mini-putt course.

All of the buildings are in Old Garner.

The Frio river runs through Garner State Park and it is often cool and clear. People can rent kayaks or paddle boats to play. You can also float the river. The other shore of the river is private property, but people still go over there to use the rope swings.

One of the highlights of Garner is Old Mount Baldy. It is the tallest point in the park and offers a great view of the area. It is not technically part of the state park, but there is a trail up there.

Garner also has a few small caves to explore and some other smaller look-outs. The trails all start off rather steep, but eventually level off. It is important to go slow as I have had to fix up a few cut knees on the trails.

All in all, Garner is a great place for a hike, swim, or just to be out in nature.

Sometimes boisterous, definitely great

One of the best places in the state. Camp sites aren't ideally placed, but the beautiful water and Hill Country landscape make up for it.

Camping on the Frio

We have tent camped at Garer 8 times over the last 3 or 4 years. We have stayed in both the new part and the original part of the park. The original campground has huge, beautiful oaks, and is close to the camp store and Pavillion. That being said, we actually prefer to camp in the new sites, because you can easily get a spot that is right off the river by just a quick walk, and the bathrooms are newer. Bathrooms are equipped with 3 showers and 3 toilets and 2 sinks. There are lots of trails to hike/bike, and the park is very well maintained. One of our favorite places during the summer.

A challenge

A challenge to get into the park (hour and a half wait) and a challenge to hike the trails. Some of the steepest trails in Texas, but they are worth the views! I camped in New Garner, which is nicely laid out, fairly quiet, and about a half hour walk to Old Garner. The river is great for swimming. You can rent kayaks, paddleboats, and stand up paddle boards.

Trails and geology

Love the view of cliffs rising out of the water with lots of green. Some of the trails are pretty long and steep, great views. Apparently this fills up like crazy in the summer, but we went in fall and it was fine. Some campsites have shade, some nice views, lots of options. Everything well cared for and clean, typical of basic state park sites.

Trails and geology

Love the view of cliffs rising out of the water with lots of green. Some of the trails are pretty long and steep, great views. Apparently this fills up like crazy in the summer, but we went in fall and it was fine. Some campsites have shade, some nice views, lots of options. Everything well cared for and clean, typical of basic state park sites.

Family fun in Texas State Park

Located under 2 hours west of San Antonio, Texas, Garner State Park is a nice weekend get away with the family. The Frio River is enjoyable to relax in on an inner tube. Note, you may want to purchase your own tube in advance for $10-15 a tube or if not wanting to invest in your own you can rent them at the park. There are a variety of campsites available so take note the amenities available in each site (water, electricity, no electricity, and electrical Amp value varies) when you're choosing your site. The landscape is green, luscious trees and bushes amongst hills. You'll find hiking trails to take in as well. We noticed a lot of large groups and families while we were visiting. It seems like a campground and park that would be great for a family reunion. Reasonable nightly rates. We enjoyed our weekend stay and lounging on the Frio River.

A wonderful campground

I have camped in the new section of Garner many times. The camp sites are spaced out so you don't feel like you are on top of each other.

Each site has a fire ring, driveway, and water. Some have electricity. Bathrooms are near by and well maintained.

Only issue I have had is the taste of the water. Most of the time there is a bit of a taste to it, once it tasted really bad. We had to buy flavour powder to hydrate.

The hikes at Garner are great. There are caves to explore, a mount to climb, and a river to walk along. Floating the river is also a lot of fun.

All in all, Garner is a great camp to visit.

Garner Park

Garner Park is a beautiful place with all your needs fulfilled on grounds, perfect river access and good people