Garner State Park

3-DAY Garner State Park in Concan, Texas ITINERARY

Garner State park is a state park in the community of Concan, Texas located in Uvalde County, Texas in the United States. Garner State Park, in the Texas Hill Country, is the most popular state park in Texas for overnight camping, per Google.

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Must do, must see, must try:

FRIO

Does mean cold, but also refreshing and fun to tube in. Dip your toes in or cannonball into this beloved river.

S'MORES PLEASE

Relive your childhood with these delicious and sticky treats. A must when camping.

BEST VIEW IS FROM THE TOP

Hiking and exploring the great outdoor is what camping is all about!

The Perfect 3-Day Garner State Park Itinerary

ACCOMMODATIONS

The campsites of the park, but you must RSVP online in advance. This park is popular and fills up quickly, so if you can plan out 3 months ahead you should be good to go.

CLIMATE

Best time to visit is when the sun is shinning so summer months. After September the Frio river gets rather cold, but the park is still nice to visit year round.

TRANSPORTATION

You'll need to pack up the car/truck and drive it out. Everything should fit nicely and then unpack when you get to your campsite. Keep valuables in the car and lock it. Don't lose the keys.

TIP: If you're nervous about animals getting into your food at night, lock the coolers in the car.

ENVIRONMENT

Language is English

Currency: US Dollar

LIFESTYLE

Ideal city if you want to reconnect with nature, or relax on a walk. This is the place to visit if you want to get outside while seeing a fun bucket list location. Ideal for a weekend getaway with anyone.

Garner State Park is centered in Uvalde, home to Matthew McConaughey. Besides the beautiful rolling hills, Garner State Park offers a great hikes, a lively dance hall and plenty of open spaces for you to relax. This state park is especially great because they have a visitors center that offers line dancing, movie night and more than the average park. 

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Day one

6 AM - Hit the road early for this 5-hour drive from Houston

Noon Lunch: Antoine’s Poboy Sandwiches, mandarin oranges & chips

  • Packed this lunch before leaving and placed it at the top of the cooler for easy access while driving

  • Refuel at Bucc-ee's and pick up wraps or sandwiches for the next day

2 PM - arrive at Garner State Park; check-in and ​register with the front desk, bring a print off of your reservations

  • This takes a little while so bring snacks while you wait

3 PM - set up your home for the weekend 

  • FYI, the metal pool with a hook on the end is for your trash bag

  • While you can trust your campsite neighbors, leave important or valuables in the locked car

  • ​Hike down by the stream or plan how to explore the 9 different trails

4 PM - Ride your bike or venture to the visitor's center - find the wall of old photos

6 PM Dinner: Bratwurst, buns, carrots & chips

  • Grab condiments: sauerkraut, ketchup and mustard

Luckily our campsite backed up to the river raven, so we went for an evening stroll

Dessert: Campfire Brownie, bake brownies inside of orange peels and it's delicious​

Lay outside and count the stars

Day Two

7 AM Breakfast: coffee with biscuits, sausage patties, jam & grapes

  • Although you don't want to be up early, the sun will still come up 

  • Fill up the water canteen and follow the Bridges Trail (challenging...but not really) 

    • You can branch off to Donovan Trail and follow that around to the top - Painted Rock

    • Foshee Trail is the longest trail but has the most scenic and beautiful views

  • Make sure to follow the path to Crystal Cave and burrow down into the ground

Back to the camp for lunch

Noon Lunch: wraps from Bucc-ee’s & chips and leftover carrots and grapes

  • Rest for an hour or so then back a swimming bag and your hiking shoes!

1:30 PM - Jump in the Frio River​ and float around

  • Wonder why it's called the Frio? Because it's bone-chilling cold water​

After drying off, check-in with the visitor's center to see what event is happening in the evening

4 PM - Afternoon climb up Old Baldy Summit (moderate)

  • Don't walk on the white rock beds, they will easily slip out from under you​

6 PM - Shower time

7 PM Dinner: Pre-seasoned and cut fajita meat, soft tacos & canned beans

  • Pre-cut ​veggies like lettuce, tomatoes or corn for toppings

  • Fill a Ziploc with sour cream and cut off the tip for a squeezable, easy to use bag - this also works for guacamole and salsa 

8:30 PM - Visitor Centers for two-stepping and listening to the local band

  • Bring fold out chairs and a plastic bottle of spirits to sip on​

Dessert: S’mores!​

Day Three

7 AM Breakfast: coffee with cinnamon rolls & apples

  • Last day which means time to take down camp

  • Now that you're sweaty from breaking down the campsite, time to clean off

    • The bathroom is less crowded in the morning, the earlier you break down camp the better

  • Venture up to the general store or dip your feet in the Frio for an hour or so before hitting the road

Before exiting the camp, find the gift shop to get a little memento

Goodbye Garner State Park. Head home.

  • You don't have to 'check out' but be mindful of how you leave the campsite for the next campers​

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MY TRAVELS

This was my very first ever camping trip, the bar was set high with this beautiful location. Many things to do and see while venturing around Garner SP - with a loved one, friends and family - everyone will have a great time. I did survive my first camping experience and it was fun.

 

I would go again, and now I have everything I need to go again. I didn’t get attacked by animals in my sleep, the food didn’t spoil, there weren’t any maniacs so overall, I’d say it was a successful camping trip. Garner State Park is beautiful and there was something new to discover each day. The hikes up are not challenging but not easy. It was also nice to be cut off from the world without service...until you reach the top of the hill and then the phone went crazy. But mentally, it was a nice break. It was a long drive from Houston (about 5 hours) but worth it. There are so many outdoor activities here and they encourage you to get down and dirty and explore everything.

Not looking forward to the ground, but looking forward to the s'mores. Until next time, 

Safe travels

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