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"Preserving the environmental, historical and cultural resources of Garner State Park for present and future generations"

The Frio River


Floating down the Frio when the river water levels are normal is great fun.  Tubes can be rented from the concessionaire in the park or from merchants up and down the river.  Kayak's and paddle boats can also be rented from the concessionaire.  Don't forget the sunscreen and something cold to drink!Remember public consumption or display of alcohol is illegal in any state park and can result in a fine.  You will find various water levels in the Frio, one area may have a deep pocket of water and a few feet away you will find a shallow area.  

Hiking Around


The Civilian Conservation Corps built the park including over 12 miles of hiking trails.  Many of these were lost due to underbrush throughout the years.  But the Friends of Garner lead by George and Diane Foshee have helped reclaim the trails.  Each year on the Martin Luther King weekend in January volunteers maintain the trails.  If you are interested in volunteering we gladly accept your help.  Additionally we will provide community service sheets for anyone who helps.  During the summer months our Interpretive Ranger and volunteers lead guided hikes over these trails. 

The Dances  


The dance is a relaxed atmosphere where parents and children of all ages can dance to traditional Garner music.  The coin operated Wurlitzer Jukebox is located in the Pavilion.  And as soon as the Pavilion is open in the morning you can feed the jukebox and practice those dance steps.  With it's loud speakers, the music can be heard up and down the Frio River.  Traditionally dancing starts at dusk.  But there is no set time for the dance to begin.  Come whenever you are ready. But it does end at 11pm.

Things to do while you’re in the park