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'White Goose'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

White goose at Garner State Park. By Jose Garcia copyright 2009

Garner State Park

Garner State Park

Garner State Park
'Gardner State Park'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Scene of the Frio River at Gardner State Park Copyright 2009 - Jose Garcia

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Garner State Park
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'Turkey Vultures'
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Turkey Vultures waiting for their prey at Garner State Park. By Jose Garcia - copyright 2009

Garner State Park

Garner State Park
'Clear waters of the Frio River.'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Duck in the clear waters of the Frio River - by Jose Garcia Copyright 2009

Garner State Park
'Squirrel on a Rock'
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Squirrel at Gardner State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Garner State Park
'Gardner State Park'
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The Frio River at Gardner State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Garner State Park
'By the Frio River'
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By the Bank of the Frio River at Gardner State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

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'On th Road to Gardner State Park'
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Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Garner State Park
'Garner State Park'
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Landscape at Garner State Park. Summer of 2007- by Jose Garcia

Garner State Park

Garner State Park

Garner State Park

Garner State Park

Garner State Park

Garner State Park is 1419.8 acres (10 water acres of the Frio River) of recreational facilities in northern Uvalde County.
Nature of the Area
The park has an abundance of White-tailed and Axis deer, Rio Grande Turkey, Morning Dove, Eastern Bluebirds, Golden-cheeked Warblers, Black Rocks Squirrels, Fox Squirrels, Raccoons, and many other animal species.

There is also an abundance of trees such as Mesquite, Texas Red Bud, Bald Cypress, Western Ash Juniper, Spanish Oak, Lacey Oak, Texas Madrone, Cedar Elm, and Pecan, as well as Mountain Laurel and Agarita shrubs.

Geology: Deep canyons, crystal-clear streams, high mesas, and carved limestone cliffs are the brush strokes in the geologic painting of this intriguing terrain. Many backcountry paved roads wind through canyons along streams here, offering the traveler a different pace from the freeway rush.

The rock formations in this area are early Cretaceous in age, deposited over millions of years in warm, shallow seas that once covered Texas. The Glen Rose formation, a collection of limestone, shale, marl, and siltstone beds, was deposited along the shifting margins of the sea where dinosaurs roamed in great numbers, leaving their footprints in the sands. The Cretaceous Sea then spread over Texas, depositing the Edwards Formation (limestone), over the Glen Rose beds. This sequence of strata, Glen Rose below, Edwards above, is found throughout this area.
History of the Area
Garner State Park is found in the northern part of Uvalde County. Located thirty miles north of Uvalde and seven miles north of Con Can, Garner State Park has ten acres of riverfront. The park, was acquired in 1934-36 and was named for John Nance Garner (Cactus Jack) of Uvalde, who served as Vice-president of the United States from 1933-41. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made the park?s original improvements.
Events
June 19
Angler Academy
Like fishing? Take this beginner angler's course to learn the basics (ages 7 and up).

Whether you're a child or an adult, beginning anglers can learn how to assemble basic tackle, tie fishing knots, and cast safely with a spin-cast rod and reel combo. Explore Texas freshwater species, aquatic habitats, and fish ecology.

*SPACE IS LIMITED! Please email Ranger Cara at the address above to sign up (before the day of the event).

WHEN: Fridays 10am - 12pm

MEETING PLACE: Cowboy Theater (in the Shady Meadows camping area) *Please park at the Visitor Center and walk over.*

RECOMMENDED: Comfortable shoes, hat, and water (All learning equipment is provided.)

Contact:Cara Bierschwale
(830) 232-6132, x236
cara.bierschwale@tpwd.texas.gov

June 19
Get Wild!
Enjoy learning about the different features, adaptations, and neat behaviors of our native Texas wildlife.

Discover many interesting facts about our local wildlife and investigate objects like skulls, hides, bones, antlers, track molds and scat!

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

WHEN: Fridays 3-4 p.m.

WHERE: Visitor Center (behind the garden)

*Weather permitting for this presentation.

Contact:Cara Bierschwale
(830) 232-6132, x236
cara.bierschwale@tpwd.texas.gov

June 20
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Seek out nature's treasures with a ranger. Fun for kids ages 5-12!

KIDS! Join a ranger on a hunt to discover some of nature's treasures. Put your observational skills to the test to find items on your checklist. At the end, choose a prize from the ranger's treasure chest! (Ages 5-12)

WHEN: Saturdays 3-4 pm

MEETING PLACE: Visitor Center

*Weather permitting for this event.

Contact:Cara Bierschwale
(830) 232-6132, x236
cara.bierschwale@tpwd.texas.gov

June 20
Hike with a Ranger
See and experience Garner State Park in a whole new way... On foot!

Come along on a guided hike to explore the many natural and historical features which make Garner State Park a true Texas gem. Our trail guide will take you on an informative adventure along the Hill Country limestone terrain overlooking the spectacular Frio Canyon.

***Please be advised that most trails are moderate to challenging.***

Friendly dogs (on a leash) are welcome!

WHEN: Thursdays

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Area Attractions
State parks located nearby are Hill Country, Lost Maples, and Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Areas, and Kickapoo Cavern State Park. Also nearby are John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner Museum in Uvalde; the ruins of historic Mission Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria del Canon, founded in 1749; Camp Sabinal (a U.S. Cavalry post and later Texas Ranger camp) established 1856; and Fort Inge, established 1849.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 27 GREAT PLACE FOR DIVING by REBEL DIVER
Any one know what the water depth is right now? have a Dive Club coming Labor Day Weekend, hoping there is enough water for us to get under.
June 5 garner state park
i love garner state park i have been going since i was 10 iam now 51 now my grandchildren are enjoying it
December 2 the best family camping park ever by windy tyznik
my family has been going here seence way back when my mom was a kid and i been going seence i was 10months old it is so much fun i love to go swiming it is so much fun i love to take hikes and go to the dance every night also the paddle boating is fun i will never camp anywhere else well i took my kids almost three years ago and they loved it they want to go every summer well my hole family goes almost every sumer it is a great place to be so please go if you are thanking about it you will have fun and will not stop going every sumer
October 26 A family tradition sine 1946 by mrmac
My 1st trip to Garner was in 1946.Few people knew of its beauty then. The river was much different, so many things have changed since then.I started taking my kids in 1966,they now take theirs. So many wonderful memories since those days.I still visit now and then and will, I guess till im gone.
August 12 A FAMILY TRADITION by Laura Solis
My family has been going to Garner State Park for over 20 YEARS!!! We absolutely LOVE Garner! Every year we make it a family tradition to make it to Garner at least once a year, sometimes more if possible. And every year that we go, Garner gets even more beautiful! And... honestly, its even harder for us to return back home. It is a great place for family and friends to enjoy time away from home.
September 23 Our favorite family park. by La abuela
We went to Garner for the first time in 1972 and since then at least once a yr. This is now a family, 3 generations, tradition. The staff is very profesional and ready to help the campers. The park is clean and the area is fantastic
March 28 3rd Generation by deaftribe
My Grandfather took my Father there when he was little, My Father took me since I was 4 year old and now I still taking my Daughter there as in 4th Generations. We usually stay 3 nights there at twice a year. Garner are the best overall for camping, swimming and sit by campfire I ever had. Especially Frio River are my MAIN reason cause it is so clear and beautiful. Also I noticed every campers at Garner had a 24 hours smile in friendly way with hand waving at us. It so so perfect for us to ease our mind from all the stress and pressure.
February 16 THE BEST VACATION SPOT! by SHELLEY
MY FAMILY HAS BEEN GOING THERE FORMANY MANY YEARS, IT IS THE BEST PLACE, QUIET, CLEAN WATER, REALXING! THE DANCE AT NIGHT IS THE BEST! ANYONE THINKING OF GOING? JUST DO IT YOU WILL LOVE IT


Area Campgrounds
Parkview Riverside RV Park
2561 CR 350
Concan, TX
877-374-6748
Weather Forecast, (78838)

Directions
The park is located in Uvalde County, 31 miles north of the town of Uvalde, 9 miles south of Leakey, or 8 miles north of Concan on the Frio River. From US Highway 83, turn east on FM 1050 for .2 miles to Park Road 29 to the new entrance.

Camping fees vary; entrance fee. For reservations, call 512/389-8900. Current conditions including fire bans and water levels can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

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