Garner State Park

Concan, Texas



Concan, Texas
Phone: (830) 232-6132

Sites: 500
Recent Rate: $22 5/2016

Latitude: 29.589430690962
Longitude: -99.746632575989

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

31 Reviews

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Review Count: 87
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Garner State Park is celebrating it's 75th anniversary, it opened on June 1, 1941. It is the largest Texas State Park. The main attraction in the crystal clear Frio River that offers great tubing and swimming. The park has many great hiking trails. Much of the park was constructed by the CCC. The Pavillion has dances every weekend year long and everyday during the summer. The park is a historic Texas treasure. RV and tent sites available by reservation. When reserving online choose New Garner water/electric not New Garner 50A/water. That way you get in Live Oak Loop with 50A electric. If you choose New Garner 50A you will get Rio Frio Loop with less desirable sites, further from the river, for $3 more per night. We camped in New Garner Live Oak Loop site 336. We camped at Garner State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
336
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful isolated setting in the far west hill country. We camped in the Frio Campsite, sites are large, level, and spacious, great views, a 1 mile hike or drive to the more populated sections of the park. Only ATT cell and data service, no over the air television, but a fabulous getaway if you don't need amenities! Texas most visited state park, probably very crowded in the summer. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Campsite
     
Site Number
242 Frio Area
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Not much nearby, bring your groceries with you.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the Live Oak campground because of the easy access to the Frio River. I did not use the restrooms, but friends did and they stated the restrooms were always in need of attention. Several of the trails down to the river were littered with trash. Site 358 was very unlevel. In addition, the trees along some of the roads need to be trimmed so the branches do not scrap the sides of your trailer. It's as though this State Park is so loved and used that it is taking a toll on the park and the state is behind on maintaining the park. This is a great park for hiking, kayaking, swimming, and birding. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Number
358 Live Oak
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Friends Grill in Leakey is a good place to grab a bite.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Everything here centers around the Frio River which definitely lived up to its reputation for being a cool and clear. Swimming, tubing, kayaking, etc. are all great here. The hiking is quite good as well.

The park was packed while we were there but it was fine. Some bathrooms were quite old, some were newer, but all were consistently very dirty probably due to the sheer number of people using them. I never had hot water for a shower.

The food at the Garner Grill is surprisingly good. The nightly dances are not to be missed! The wifi and cell service (data) was spotty.We would certainly return! We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Shady Meadows 148
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 87
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $26.00
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We were in 50A site #503. Historic Texas State Park with great tubing and swimming. Many hiking trails, some challenging. We camped at Garner State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Campsite
     
Site Number
503
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We love staying at Garner! Our son loves to swing on the ropes down at the river. We also love to ride our bikes around the park. The campsites accommodate a 28 ft rv with no problem. It is a quick walk to the river and there are some nice day hikes. There are tent campers, shelters, and rv sites. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

What a wonderful park! We stayed in the Oakmont area in a back-in site with 50 amp and water. Nice mature trees throughout this area. One side of the road is up against a large hill so the sites are not very level there. Across the street toward the open area, sites are more level.
The Frio River is the main attraction of this park but there are tons of other amenities including cabin rentals, hiking/biking, and a dance every Saturday in the summer. There are a couple of snack bars located in the park also.
We had actually stayed in a nearby park over the weekend. On the way out, our awning deployed while we were driving on the highway. We found ourselves at Garner SP's back gate. The rangers were very nice, let us in the locked gate and accommodated us in a nearby site so that we could wait for service. While waiting for service we enjoyed riding our bikes around the many roads and trails and enjoyed an extra night's camping.
Check in can be lengthy because you have to wait in line with everyone coming into the park. It was crowded in Feb since they stocked the Frio with trout that weekend. In the summers I expect it would be even more crowded and you would need to make reservations far in advance. We camped at Garner State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Spent Thanksgiving week and weekend at Garner for the 7th year in a row. Great place and beautiful scenery. This year we had great weather as well.

This time we were in the Rio Frio area (Site #461) - we usually stay in the Shady Meadows area. The park rangers definitely need to do a little maintenance on low hanging limbs throughout the park. In multiple places I was worried about the limbs dragging down the roof of my RV. We camped at Garner State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
461
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $19.00
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Pro's- May be the most beautiful park in Texas with the deepest traditions. Cons- they allow multiple families in one campsite making it crowded and noisy in some instances. Overall.... Has to be one of the best parts in Texas it's not the best. If you're looking for real camping and not a "RV park"with Wi-Fi, cable, etc. Great hikes, and beautiful places to go to the river and enjoy all day. Very kid friendly. Downside is the park doesn't appear to stick to its site policies and there may be 15 people in one site making (what would be) nice semi-secluded campsites loud, noisy, and over-run bathrooms. One of our favorite spots is rock beach down near the dam, but there's great places to go all over this park. Don't miss the nightly dance! You won't find this anywhere else and that's like people come from campgrounds all around to go to. We camped at Garner State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $22.00
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Great park. For being packed with people the restrooms were very clean. This is a great park for families. It was impressive to walk around and see "Garner Family since XXX." I think the oldest we saw was 1959. Old Baldy is a fun climb. The dances are fun but as a dad with 2 daughters ... I didn't like it. We are already booked for Garner for Spring Break 2015. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $34.00
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We came through the area on Easter Sunday as families were leaving the park. There were other campers but rain in the afternoon ran many of the day visitors away. Skies cleared and we found the campground to be very nice. The huge old oak trees were beautiful and the river peaceful. We are an older couple but all the green space and water activities on the river are certainly a draw to those with children. The office staff was super nice and helped us locate a level site since we don't have levelers. We stayed in site 50. Sites are far enough apart for privacy and roads are paved with good access. We liked the park and the nature. We did not use the shower house. Price included Texas park entry fee since we do not have a Texas park pass. We camped at Garner State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 159
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Arriving at Garner State Park is like arriving at a deli and a border crossing at the same time. After being told by a sign to take a number, you then stand in front of a glass door while reading that only one person in your party is allowed to approach the clerk. When your number is called, you can then approach and speak to the clerk. I suppose such an approach facilitates the park handling a large number of people coming to stay at this most popular of Texas state parks. There are six different camping areas in the park, some equipped with water and electric, all (apparently) with at least water, and apparently a few with sewer as well. Sites were well maintained and clean. The daily fee does not include the daily per-person fee because we had the Texas pass (highly recommended, pays for itself quickly). We stayed in the Live Oak area with water and electric hookups. All sites are paved and tenting sites have a large flat area of dirt that looked good for tents and stakes. The older area of the park is located at the downstream end of the park. Don't trust your GPS to lead you to the correct entrance as there have been at least three that we could see. All sites were back-in and looked good for shade during part of the day. Leakey is 8 miles north of the park for some limited supplies. We were at Garner for three nights mid-week and most sites were open at that time. By summer time, we expect the park to be full much of the time as it's only 1.5 hours from San Antonio and a similar distance from Austin. This park is in the thick of the Hill Country, so over-air TV reception was very poor and our Verizon card didn't work at all. W-Fi at the entry station was slow and weak. The Tracfone, on the other hand, worked well. People driving to the park would do well to avoid the extremely hilly and tight Texas Route 337 and arrive on U.S. Route 83 from the north or south. We'd stay again if we were in the area. We camped at Garner State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $17.00
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Rate includes park pass purchase discount. Great time of year to visit. Can't imagine what it would be like with when its full, as I'm sure it is during peak season. Quite nice, well kept up sites by and large. Looked like a good selection would accommodate big rigs. Shade or open possibilities. No WiFi in park (except at HQ and that was slooow, no Verizon service). Hiking was good for a state park, even had a couple of interpretive hikes on the weekend. We camped at Garner State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $22.00
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We camped here in the off season (January) and had the park practically to ourselves. We chose the Live Oak loop, spot 352. This spot is directly across from the bathrooms and showers with a nice path to walk down to the Rio Frio river (bring chairs and skip rocks on the water, great area). This park was opened in 1941 and has aged pretty well. The roads are a bit bumpy and some of the slots have some older pavement but the buildings all seem pretty well maintained. The showers got nice and hot -- and it was in the 30Fs. The check-in process was a bit "quirky" and slow with an anterior waiting area. Leakey is about 10 miles away and has a great little mercantile with a good selection of meats and camping supplies. The scenery was great and we can't wait to camp here again. Highly recommend this state park. We camped at Garner State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $22.00
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This is for a spring trip before school is out. We camped here from Sunday to Friday. Weekends and summer it is too crowded for us. Arrive on Sunday after 1:00 and had the pick of where we wanted to stay. Stayed in the Oakmont section under the big oak trees. Us and one other camper till Wednesday. Started filling up Thursday. It was quiet and beautiful along the river. Water pretty cool but nice by late evening. Verizon customers have no cell service anywhere around here. Free WI-Fi at Visitor center. Will definitely stay here again at this time of year. Rate does reflect a Texas state park passport. We camped at Garner State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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