Due in part to its rich history, Garner State Park has millions of visitors each year and, for many families, it is a part of their tradition dating back for decades. It has been a popular camping destination since the 50’s, and with the development of vacation rental properties in the early 2000’s, some former tent campers now enjoy all the park has to offer while staying in the luxury of the nearby rental homes. Join us as we discuss the impressive piece of history that is Garner State Park in Concan, TX.
Garner State Park History
Garner State Park opened in 1941 and was named for John Nance Garner who was a former Vice-President of the United States that lived and practiced law in the Concan area. In 1976, the size of the park was more than doubled when an additional 790 acres was added, bringing the park to its current size of 1419.8 acres with 10 acres of it being part of the Frio River. The beauty of the river and canyons has attracted people to the land that the park sits on, and Garner State Park is considered by many to be an ideal campground. Another important part of the park’s history are the summer dances where young folks have been gathering at the park’s concession building since the 1940’s for an open air jukebox dance. Some people received their first dance or first kiss during one of these dances, and the tradition continues to this day.
Things to do
In addition to the summer dances, Garner State Park has a ton of activities for you and your family to enjoy during your visit. For the water enthusiasts in your family, there is swimming in the Frio River, paddle boating, fishing, canoeing or taking a lazy ride in an inner tube along the river. There are also 11 miles of scenic trails for biking or hiking and provide some opportunities for bird watching or even painting some of the beautiful surroundings of the park. The area also provides an ideal playground for geocaching activities. For a bit more low key fun, there is an area to play miniature and picnic areas where you can relax with your family. There are rentals available for paddle boats, kayaks, inner tubes, tables, and barbecue pits.
There are plenty of organized events that are hosted at Garner State Park throughout the year. Check out the links below for more information on upcoming events.
- 2017 Trail Work Days (Volunteer Opportunity!)
- Become a JUNIOR RANGER!
- TROUT FRENZY! Family Fishing Day