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Garner State Park

#316 of 3,554 things to do in Texas
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Address: 234 RR 1050, TX 78838
Phone Number: (830) 232-6132
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Frio River

The Frio River is fabulous. The water is crystal clear and chilly. There were rope swings for the kiddos to play on as well. The area around the water was clean however the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Charlene S
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Fort Worth, Texas

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Frio River is fabulous. The water is crystal clear and chilly. There were rope swings for the kiddos to play on as well. The area around the water was clean however the bathrooms could have used some help!

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been to Garner several times in my life and have always loved it. This time I hiked up Old Baldy twice over 2 days, tubed and swam in the Frio River and hiked up to Crystal Cave. We took the 2 hikes that are challenging but there are easier ones. Because you are ascending at a swift rate... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our family of five (2 adults, 3 kids[14,6,3]) came back to Garner for the second time August 12-14. After staying in the rowdy Pecan Grove last time, we chose Persimmon Hill on the advice of another reviewer, which was a completely different experience. The sites are spread out and very private, nicely shaded by a mix of Live Oaks, Mesquite,... More 

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Thank Emily C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This would have been 5 stars but check in is a nightmare!!! If you have a reservation that will not get you in sooner. Be there early about 6 or 7 am. Stand in line for the office to open at 8 am. Get a number. Stand around while you watch staff play with their phones until 9am. Between 8... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived on a Saturday. The park itself is fine. I just wasn't expecting a whooping 2 hour wait since I had a reservation. I took a number, I was 79, they were on number 6! I saw that they had 5 window booths, but only 2 were being utilized, occasionally 3. Since 2:00 is the check in time I... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm from HKG, and it amazed me to camp in this huge state park, that has a river (the Frio River) running thru it. We booked the bare campsite with water outlet only for 2 nights - suggest you can go earlier and speak to the ladies at the check-in counters to get the better campsites, knowing us do not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Water is always clear.They rent small kayaks and tubes. You can swing off ropes hanging from the trees into the river in different areas.If you want a cabin you have call and make your reservation 11 months to the day they get booked that morning when they become available. We had an A/C problem so they put a portable A/C.... More 

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Castroville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Garner State Park for a day. The water was nice and clear. Our girls loved swimming. My husband & I just floated. We had a great time. The only drawback was, It was very crowded and hard to find a parking spot near the water. But that's anywhere near running water in July in Texas.

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New Palestine, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

No possible excuse for the inefficiency of the check on process. With reservations, credit card on file there was still a 4 hour wait to check in. Yes, take a number and wait 4 hours!!! Typical government inefficiency. There is no compassion for newcomers who are do not know the process. Park staff at the gate were rude. Oh, and... More 

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Thank 999astro
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful clear cool water! Beautiful scenery & atmosphere & clearly marked with 'No Alcohol' signs so a great experience for the family, that included teens & a toddler. We went middle of the week, and I would recommend getting there early. We arrived at 9 and by the time we left just after noon it was really getting full! Would... More 

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