Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $26.00
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.
Tips for other Campers:
Friends Grill in Leakey is a good place to grab a bite.
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.
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $26.00
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.
Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $22.00
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.
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $22.00
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $34.00
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $20.00
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.
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $17.00
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.
Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $22.00
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $22.00
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $25.00
In the off season it is quiet, a little breezy and cold but we enjoyed the hikes and solitude. Only had one family at a shelter a short distance from us that had there music too loud. If you can be at Garner in the off season, give it a try, much more peaceful and quiet. The strange thing was we saw no wildlife until we were driving towards the entrance. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $20.00
Great park! Beautiful setting! Can be crowded and check-in can be a very long wait when crowded. If you camp during the off season the crowds aren't as bad. Uvalde is only about 30 minutes away with grocery shopping, restaurants, shopping, drugstores. Would highly recommend this camp ground, and I plan on going back during the off season again. We camped at Garner State Park in a Fifth Wheel.