8.8 Excellent
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Garner State Park

Concan, Texas


234 FM 1050
Concan, Texas 78838
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 500
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 29.58943
Longitude: -99.74663

Elevation: 1475' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf yes
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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46 Reviews

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Our rate reflects the camping fee plus the day use fee. We stayed here at the beginning of TX spring break. This is a giant park with hundreds of sites and we managed to get one for one night only. When we arrived at about 2:00 in the afternoon there was an extremely long line to check in. Both for day use and camping. To check in for camping, you have to take a number - they were on 64 when we arrived and we had number 3. It was absolute chaos at the check in station. So we threw away our number, got in our truck and drove past the gate keeper, who was checking in day use people, and went to our site. When we went back an hour or so later, they were only on number 86. So we went for a bike ride. At 4:30 there were even more people waiting outside so we did not even bother to ever check in. That said, our site was very nice, with shade trees and a picnic table. It was wide enough for us to disconnect and park the truck next to our trailer. And it was actually very, very quiet overnight. We were in the Rio Frio loop, which is nearest to the highway, so there was a little road noise. But the trade off was we had good ATT service. On the negative side, one of the bathhouses was missing from the loop...looked like a new one was under construction, but that left only one for quite a large area and a lot of people. I would definitely come here again, but never in March. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
127
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This vast park with multiple campgrounds was rather quiet during our wintertime four night stay. At most was at about 15% capacity in the campground. Staff was quite friendly and helpful. Because of its capacity (well over 500 campsites), we would never dream of coming here in the summer. Our campsite was in the Live Oak section. Level, course-graveled asphalt site with clay soils surrounding the pad. Each site has a fire pit with grill, picnic table, and lantern post. W & E worked fine. Some sites had a lot of sediment/mud build up. Sites were cleaned by staff, but still there were lots of bottle tops, plastic pieces, and dog poo at our site. Although park policy clearly says (in flyers) to "clean up after your pets", few do so, which keeps you constantly watching where you step, even on paved roadways. Poo bags and a few signs would probably help. Cannot imagine what this would be like when the park is at capacity. Very visible park police presence. There are numerous trails to hike, and bicycle routes, as well, within park boundaries. Nice birdwatching blind. Trails are well marked. WiFi was only at the check-in station, some network news sites blocked by the state. Shame on Texas. No OTA TV, bring DVD's or downloads. Verizon was absent, have to drive toward Sabinal south of Concan to pick up. No activities around New Year's day except a polar plunge in the Frio River. The Hill Country is beautiful to see. Most land is not public, however, so expect lots of high fences and views of private ranch gates and exotic animals grazing here and there. Few scenic pullouts. Leakey and Concan have stores for basic supplies, propane, kayaking, gasoline, trinkets, and a few restaurants and saloons. Although we enjoyed our stay, we would not return to this park. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
506
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Drove to Bandera, Uvalde, Utopia, Vanderpool, Camp Wood, Rock Springs. The latter two were a total waste of time. Bandera has lots of eats, bars. Uvalde seems to be the regional center for goods and services.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful state park. The FHU sites are newer and a little closer together than the other sites, but still nice. They are a little farther from the river so are a little quieter, which is what we prefer. There is lots to do here. The river is a major draw, especially for day use folks, so it gets very busy. There is a grill, a park store, candy store, miniature golf, and numerous hiking trails. The park is a long way from larger towns so be sure to bring anything you might need. We got 4 bars of 4G on ATT, but our neighbors had Sprint and couldn't get a signal. My only complaint is the water. It is VERY hard and has a terrible taste. It even ruined our coffee. We ended up buying jugs of water for drinking and coffee making. We camped at Garner State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
153
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Great State Park. Large Camp sights, close to the river. It is understandable why garner is the most popular State park in texas. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
139
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a small store in the Park, but not much within an easy drive. Plan ahead.

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

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed there over Superbowl Sunday to a mostly empty park. Probably as few as 20 camping groups there. It was wonderful! The Park desk attendants were so friendly and helpful. We stayed in site #60 in the Oakmont camping area, about 250 yds from the river. All the sites we saw were clean. Cabins are very nice, some of which have air conditioning and fireplaces. Other cabin Shelters are basically little more than screened off rooms with screened off patio table. Make sure you know which you are getting. My ATT cell phone worked fine, I was able to watch the Superbowl on NFL.com. There is no cable or over the air TV service there. We camped at Garner State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
60 in Oakmont
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Nice big sites, once we found one without an ant colony right at the doorstep, but the water has quite an odor and is also very hard - can't get a lather up and didn't feel clean after a shower. Otherwise a great park with many rugged trails - go see the sights up "Old Baldy" but bring your water and make sure you have proper footwear; it's steep and rocky. We camped at Garner State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
496
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

No Wifi but could get AT&T wifi. It rained and snowed so was very cold so we didnt get to look around much. No one there during the week. I can see it would be a lovely place in tge summer. We camped at Garner State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
112
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go in the summer

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Lots of campsites. We stayed in Rio Frio where we had easy access to (though not right on) the river. BEAUTIFUL river but a little low. Kids loved river rope swings. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Rio Frio 497
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 113
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Garner for 10 days so we could ride our motorcycles in the hill country. The park was pretty full on Friday and Saturday nights, although a rain and lightning storm the first weekend had people packing up and leaving early. During the week we had the place to ourselves, with only a handful left in each campground area. The restrooms were messy with so much use on the weekend, but during the week we managed to clean up after ourselves fairly well. Can't fault the staff when people are pigs. The park itself is amazing. The Frio River is so clean and clear you can see everything even in the deeper spots, and the temperature of the water was perfect! In the Old Garner area, where the original CCC buildings are located, they rent watercraft and have a concession gift shop and an Airstream converted into a food truck where they serve basic grill-type food, weekends only until the summer season begins. There's also a small store where you can get basic food and camping items, along with a laundry. In another area of the park there's a gift shop run by Friends of Garner, and money spent there all goes back into the park. There are lots of trails to hike - we did several - Baldy, White Cave, Crystal Cave - and trails you can ride your bicycle on as well. We rode to all the campground areas and over to Old Garner several times. Overall we think this park is amazing - it's beautiful, the river is clean, and it's in an area with terrific motorcycle riding opportunities. We'll definitely be back. We camped at Garner State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Live Oaks 336
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The mercantile in Leakey, about 10 miles away, had a nice selection of fresh vegetables and meats. We stocked up there since Uvalde and the Walmart were 30 miles away and driving there didn't make sense with our vehicles. There are a few places to eat in Leakey, but they tend to close early during the week so you may want to call first. We didn't make it to those, but the Apple Store in Medina has a cafe that makes good sandwiches, and their apple-cinnamon ice cream is pretty good.

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

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Just finished our extended camping weekend at Garner State Park. We were able to get a full hook up site from a cancellation. We stayed in site 146. They are pretty close together in this one line strip of fhu. Majority of the park is electric and water. This is a very, very busy park . The scenery is beautiful, and the hiking trails were great. The tenting sites were really nice and I would have loved the tent area to be rv sites instead. There is camp store and candy store along with mini golf, and a little airstream set up for a grill. At night ,there was dancing outside the open area near the store. Also, the playground and basketball area for the kids. There is a lot to do at the park. There is a little corner store right outside the park but you have to drive 30 minutes to Uvalde for a store/walmart. We camped at Garner State Park in a motorhome. We liked the area, but the park was just too busy for our taste and the sites were too close together. We camped at Garner State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
146 Shady meadows
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The area is beautiful. The park has great hiking trails and the river is right at the park, for tubing and swimming. We did some fishing, but only caught little sunfish.

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Review Count: 133
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 51

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Garner State Park is the crown jewel of the Texas State Park system. It is celebrating it's 75th anniversary, it opened on June 1, 1941. Many of the original CCC buildings remain. The main attraction in the crystal clear Frio River that offers great tubing and swimming. The park has many great hiking trails. 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. We camped in full hookup site 155. We camped at Garner State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
155
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 10

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

We picked the Live Oak Campground in the New Garner area based on other reviews. After touring the other campgrounds we made the right choice for us. Shady Meadows would be our 2nd choice for a future visit.

The Old Garner areas are nicely wooded but much older and the spaces are more narrow and shallow. There's lots of day use in this area. I think a 25-30ft RV would be the max for most of the sites. But Old Garner is closer to the swimmable part of the river, hiking trails, mini-golf, and the park store.

We arrived 2 days before the weekend and had our pick of the sites closest to the river with great shade. All of the spaces in Live Oak are generously spaced and very nice. Bathroom was clean but no soap dispenser. AT&T cellular was acceptable but no Verizon. No cable or OTA TV reception.

The only negative was the park office closed at 4:30pm so we had to go through the after-hours check in procedure which was a little inconvenient. I don't believe the 4:30 close time was posted on the website or in the reservation email. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Live Oak 344
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Although we were not here in the summer, based on what I've heard from others and how the check-in procedure is set up I would anticipate long lines and wait times for check-in during peak summer months. They have a "take a number" system if that's a clue, and you still have to wait even though you have a reservation. So arrival planning would be key if you want to minimize the wait.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the Rio Frio Camping area. The slots were spread apart, level, paved, and 50 Amp with water, but no sewer. The park is real nice, our slot #426, was a short walk to the Frio river which is real nice, especially when its warm outside. It's easy to find your slot initially, but challenging to navigate around the park looking for the trails. Signage is limited until you stumble on your trail, then viola! Park maps are not very good.

We had a great time and will definitely return to check out more of the trails. We camped at Garner State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
426
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 130
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 32

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

A big, very popular state park, where you even have to be "buzzed in" to get to the registration desk. I feel sure that is because of the huge demand. The park is even closed to day visitors early, 10 AM, during the summer rush when the park is "full". However, check in was easy and the site was good, level with easy access to hookups, albeit with some tree branches that should be trimmed for larger RVs. A beautiful setting in the Frio River canyon with many hiking trails, lots of wildlife, and water to float, swim, or play in. A nice little camp store with campfire wood for sale. Only demerits are the crowds and a few low branches. While there is no sewer (at least where we were-in Rio Frio cg), there was a convenient dump station. Don't expect any Verizon service. Price listed does not include the daily per person fee as we have a Texas Parks Pass. We camped at Garner State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
344
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 133
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 51

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

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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