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Plan a Getaway to Garner State Park

The Frio River runs through Garner State Park, making it an idyllic place to spend those last gorgeous summer days swimming, hiking, camping, and exploring this gem of the Texas Hill Country. Whether you are in need of a romantic weekend away or a fun-filled family vacation, Garner State Park has something for everyone!

This park is one of many great scenic adventures in the beautiful south Texas countryside. With so much to do, an itinerary might just be the perfect addition to your planning! Click the button below to download your copy.

The Trails

According to this park trails map from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there are sixteen miles of trails in Garner State Park. All trails are located just a few miles from Cypress Creek Cottages!

  • Old Entrance Road Trail and Overlook: This 0.8-mile hike is rated Easy, and is home to some gorgeous views of the Frio Canyon.
  • Donovan Trail: This 0.7-mile hike is rated Moderate and is perfect for nature lovers: it offers some of the best views of the different habitats found in this park. 
  • Crystal Cave Trail: This 0.6-mile hike is rated Challenging, but it leads to one of the park’s natural wonders.
  • Bridges Trail: This 0.7-mile hike is rated Challenging for its steep and rocky terrain, but the end of the trail gives you access to the Painted Rock Overlook, where you can see all of Old Baldy hill, and sit in the shade of the giant Ashe juniper tree.
  • Blinn River Trail: This 0.5-mile trail is rated Easy – it’s a gorgeous stroll along the Frio River.
  • Old Baldy Summit: This 0.5-mile hike is rated Challenging only because it will take you right to the top of Old Baldy, Wimberley’s beloved hill and a great place to see some beautiful views of the Texas Hill Country.
  • Foshee Trail: This 1.7-mile hike is rated Moderate, and it transects the mountains of this state park.
  • Frio Canyon Trail: This 2.9-mile hike is rated Easy – enjoy the vast beauty of the Frio Canyon. Hiking and biking are both encouraged on this trail.

Along these trails, you will find things like Crystal Cave and other geological marvels, scores of abundant wildlife (like the Golden-cheeked Warbler), and amazing native plant species like Bald Cypress trees and Texas Madrones (a large evergreen tree). For more trails and points of interest, click here.

The Frio Waters

The hiking trails are just the beginning: 2.9 miles of the Frio River, given the name because of its chilly waters, also runs through the park.

After a crisp morning hike or two, cool down as it starts to heat up outside! Take some time to swim or float in an inner tube or grab a kayak, canoe, or a paddleboat and go exploring. Equipment rental is available.

More Things to Do

While you’re out, grab a bite to eat at the Garner Grill behind the park’s pavilion or take a sweet treat to go from the Ice Cream Shop and the Stinkin’ Sweet Candy Shop. There’s even a gift shop for you to buy a trinket or shirt to commemorate your visit.

Take to the floor any evening from May to September for the Summer Dances. This has been a hot spot since the 1940s  for people who like to put on their boogie shoes!

Looking for a fun family activity? For just $5 per person for the first round and $2 for every round after, you can take your whole crew mini-golfing. 

For more information about Garner State Park and its offerings, click here.

Head out to the Texas Hill Country!

You’ll love ending every day in one of our 12 private cottages – each with a private deck/patio, grill, and hot tub. When you arrive after a long day, it’ll feel like coming home and enjoying a spa day all in one.

We want you to feel at home here. Take a look at our availability and book your Garner State Park adventure today! All cottages offer access to the Cypress Creek with several cottages located directly on the creek.

Worried about planning a getaway during the COVID-19 pandemic? Learn how Cypress Creek Cottages is making sure your stay is socially distanced and safe.


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