Several months ago I was visiting Monahans Sandhills State Park when I picked up A Texas State Parks State Park Guide. I had rode with some friends to the park and on the way home I had 45minutes to kill so I started thumbing through this Guide, which made me start dreaming of all the places I would rather be going. On the top of this list was Garner State Park.
|Old Baldy – Garner State Park|
I have always dreamed of going to Garner State Park, the problem is Garner is always busy and always full when we have time to go. This year I was determined to finally visit one of my local dream destinations.
|Kayaking on Frio River – Garner State park|
I will leave the technical report to my hubbs and just tell you what Garner was like for a Mommy of two young girls. It was amazing! We arrived at Garner and were pleasantly surprised, though every campsite was booked the sites were so spread out that we felt decently secluded from other campers. We set up camp that night and laid down to bed with an awesome view of the Milky Way in the night sky. The Frio River was pristine and swimmable, even in early October. We spent an entire day kayaking through the beautiful Frio. The showers were nice and clean. What I really loved about Garner was the ability to kayak and hike. The trails were plenty easy and I think we could have explored all of the available trails in a weekend or less. We hiked up Bridges Trail and got a beautiful view of Baldy and the beautiful bend of the Frio nestled below. We also got to explore a small cave with our girls. There was so much to do!
|Trail Blaze at Garner State Park|
Garner was a hit and I don’t think my girls will forget the memories we made there! I will definitely have to make a few more trips to this Texas gem! If you have never been I highly recommend it! Garner isn’t as secluded as we typically like to be, but it is beautiful and worth exploring.