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Garner State Park
Garner State Park Garner State Park © Jose Garcia
Landscape at Garner State Park. Summer of 2007- by Jose Garcia
Garner State Park © CAROLYN JOHNSON
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.

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
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

Area Campgrounds
Parkview Riverside RV Park
2561 CR 350
Concan, TX

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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