Garner State Park

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Hiking Dogs Allowed

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Located on the Edward’s Plateau in Central Texas, Garner State Park attracts visitors from all over to it’s steep canyons and rolling hills.  Its star attraction – the aptly named Frio River – is a refreshingly cool spring-fed body of water perfect for escaping that hot Texas weather!



Garner State Park is a paradise for river folk.  With paddle boats, tubes, and kayaks for rent, one can explore the Frio unguided, or leisurely swim in it’s crystal clear waters.


For those prefering to remain on land, choose from one of the many hiking trails, and explore the terrain. Have your pick of adventure among the 1420 acres of land available  – mellow riverside strolls for the beginner or for those looking to get their sweat on, the reward of a hilltop hike (with mild scrambling and bushwacking) is panoramic views of the geologic limestone cliffs and streams. Average height of the hills in the park is 1800ft, so whether your are feeling like a leisure walk or a more intense hike, make sure to bring lots of water as there isn’t much shade.  Although it’s not located directly in the park, rather just outside, Old Baldy is another hill tackle and is a bit of a rigerous trip.   For those wanting a little history of the landscape, explore Crystal Cave with an interpretive guide who can share information about the region.


Flat paved trails only.


Bring your four legged friends (leashed) if you got ’em, and either tent (no primitive sites) or RV, but make sure to make reservations far in advance because the park fills up quickly. Peak season is summer and any major holiday.  Cabins are also available, however, Rover will have to sleep in the car as dogs are not allowed in state buildings. There are over 300 sites available.

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