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Garner State Park Experience Guide

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Do you love the outdoors?

Better yet, are you a thrill seeker with an insatiable need to explore, have amazing adventures and do things that will create life-lasting experiences for you, your family and friends?

Well, Garner State Park is one of those places you can experience many things that will tickle your inner pioneer.  There are so many things to do that you’d be hard pressed to experience in a week-end or week, which is why so many folks go to Garner year after year to do the things they didn’t get a chance to do before or didn't know about.  Just review some of the stories inside the guide.

Our handy dandy experience guide will help you finally decide to take the trek out.

Texans who've been out to Garner and respected travel media outlets call it one of Texas' Hidden Treasures, that's why we put it on the cover :-).

With over 40+ things to do, it's and outdoor adventurers playground.

We hope you'll enjoy, download the guide and share it with your family and friends.

There's a special $50 Reservation Code inside.

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Garner State Park Experience Guide

  1. 1. GARNER O N E O F T E X A S ' H I D D E N T R E A S U R E S YOUR ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE GUIDE With 40+ Fun Things To Do Inside
  2. 2. C r e a t e L a s t i n g M e m o r i e s Do you love the outdoors?  Better yet, are you a thrill seeker with an insatiable need to explore, have amazing adventures and do things that will create life-lasting experiences for you, your family and friends? Well, Garner State Park is one of those places you can experience many things that will tickle your inner pioneer.  There are so many things to do that you’d be hard pressed to experience in a week- end or week, which is why so many folks go to Garner year after year to do the things they didn’t get a chance to do before or didn't know about.  Just review some of the following stories.
  3. 3. Why People Love Garner
  4. 4. "WHERE TO BEGIN, THIS PLACE IS AWESOME. GARNER IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE STATE PARK TO VISIT. THERE'S SO MANY THINGS TO DO AND EXPERIENCE. I CAN'T WAIT TO BOOK MY NEXT TRIP." - G a r n e r Y e l p R e v i e w s W H A T O T H E R S S A Y
  5. 5. Why People Love Garner
  6. 6. 4 0 F U N T H I N G S T O D O N O T R A N K E D I N O R D E R O F F U N , J U S T F U N T O D O : - ) Rock climbing Hiking Cliff jumping Mountain biking Camping Kayaking Fishing Tubing Swimming Canoeing  Paddle boating SUPing (Standup Paddle Boarding) Souvenir shopping Dancing  Eating at Garner Grill Grilling & BBQing Rope Swinging Snorkeling Underwater video exploring Hang gliding Helicopter rides Playing with your dog Water toys - frisbee, ball, water guns Miniature golf Exploring the nature center Mountain top Yoga Skinny dipping :-)  Snake hunting Birdwatching Wildlife photography Reading Geocaching  Star gazing Bat watching Reading Praying Horseback riding Cave exploration Campfire cooking Backpacking THE VIEWS ARE ESPECIALLY BREATH-TAKING WHEN YOU'RE ON TOP OF OLD BALDY.
  7. 7. Ready For An Outdoor Experience of A Lifetime? THERE IS SOMETHING GREAT IN BRAVING THE UNKNOWN. - Unkown Explorer
  8. 8. H i k e O r B i k e T h e T r a i l s
  9. 9. Just 30 minutes north of Uvalde, Garner State Park is known for hiking, swimming and camping – enough to make it one of the most visited state campgrounds in Texas, attracting about 350,000 campers each year. Being the most popular Texas state park, there must be many, many others who agree.  From its cold, crystal clear waters to the majestic Old Baldy overlooking the park, and the amazing Hill Country scenery and wonderful people you will encounter, Garner is something everyone should experience! Garner is known for its bone-chilling water, otherwise known as the Frio River.  The Frio River is really cold, y'all, hence its name.  It has three tributaries - The East, West and Dry Frio Rivers.  All tributaries originate from a spring and conjoin in Uvalde County, where it continues to flow south until it reaches the Nueces River near Three Rivers. The park's rock formations were created in the Cretaceous age, which ended around 65 million years ago. These canyons and hills, including the famous Old Baldy photographed above, formed when limestone in the Edwards Plateau uplifted. Before tubers flocked to the river, natives camped in the area , 12,000 years ago. Aborigines chose to live in the area because of its plentiful game, useful plants and dependable Frio River. Garner is one of 31 existing Texas parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC provided 2.5 million young men with outdoor jobs in camps across the U.S. from 1933 to 1942. Enrollees helped build 56 parks in Texas, of which 31 are still in operation, including Bastrop and Palo Duro Canyon state parks. 09 All About Garner
  10. 10. Still, Garner's wife, Ettie, supported the project, which led to the acquiring of land.  The park was purchased for $12 an acre in the mid-1930s. County Judge C. P. Spangler petitioned for the park starting in 1933 and local groups were able to purchase the 478 acres for $12 an acre.  After traveling to Washington D.C., Spangler gained approval for the project and construction began in 1935.  The park opened six years later.  All original buildings are made from local materials.  Members of the CCC used native stone from local quarries to construct buildings, fireplaces and other structures. Bald cypress trees that line the Frio River live to be 600 years old. The trees stand 120 feet tall and tower over Garner State Park and the Frio River.  Some trees have lived more than 1,000 years. The park is considered the best for dancing, along with swimming and hiking.  Garner State Park is well known for its large outdoor pavilion, which holds dances throughout the summer. TPWD Magazine deemed the park "The Best Dance to a Timeless Tune." "It’s a familiar scene for many Texans — a warm summer’s night at Garner, the stars shining overhead and the dance floor full, the jukebox playing a tune from long ago.” With around 350,000 visitors annually, Garner is the most popular Texas State Park for camping since it opened in the early 1940s. Even before it was acquired by the state, the Magers family owned part of the land and ran a camp in the 1920s. Garner State Park is named after John Nance Garner, the 32nd vice president of the United States.  Former Vice President Garner moved to Uvalde, Texas, where he served as a county judge and, later, as a legislator.  He served under former President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933–1941. But at first, former Vice President Garner did not support the new project.  He opposed construction through the CCC because it called for federal funding. 10
  11. 11. AXIS DEER - GARNER STATE PARK | PG. 11 Workers also used local cypress for beams and doors and a local blacksmith shop manufactured metals for hinges and light fixtures. The Frio Canyon's primary exotic animal, the Axis deer, is seen as a threat to white-tailed deer.  White- tailed deer are native to Garner State Park, but they compete for food resources with non-native Axis deer. The park is known for its abundant wildlife, including fox squirrels, Rio Grande turkeys and raccoons. The canyons at the park allow for lush vegetation - something that is uncommon in the Hill Country. Because the canyons are angled southeast to northwest, winds keep the temperature low and landscape moistened, though the Hill Country is typically dry.
  12. 12. Soak In The Frio
  13. 13. River Bluff Cabins offers the finest family vacation destination in the Texas Hill Country. Our wonderfully rustic cabins are nestled along the gorgeous Frio River where you can relax, have an unforgettable time in the river or hit the trails for an amazing walk with nature. With enormous 1,000-year-old Cypress trees, the rambling river flow and unforgettable sunrise or sunset and rustic Texas Hill Country views its hard not to cherish this place. We have 10 acres with stunning mountain views and a bazillion stars overhead at night. Great for families, reunions, weddings, group gatherings and we cater to the lodging needs of our motorcyclist friends. Our cabins have fully equipped kitchens, 2 BR/BA and larger, free Wi-Fi, DirectTV and we supply linens. Don’t forget about checking out some of the finest lodges on the Frio River in Encino Grande, The Twin Cypress Lodge or Casa Cascada. It’s not unusual to see deer and turkey roaming through the screensaver-like beauty of the Texas Hill Country. If you need any supplies, you can always find them in nearby Leakey, Texas. So whether you’re planning a Summer river vacation or a quiet retreat, remember River Bluff Cabins – the finest cabins on the Frio River. STAY AT THE BEST PLACE Y O U R R E - C R E A T I O N D E S T I N A T I O N O N T H E F R I O
  14. 14. F A C E B O O K R E V I E W P A G E   1 6   /   # 7   I A L M O S T H A T E T O T E L L P E O P L E H O W N I C E T H I S P L A C E I S . I ' M A F R A I D ' E V E R Y O N E ' W I L L W A N T T O G O T H E R E . - PAMELA JONES
  15. 15. Amazing 5 Stars Reviews
  16. 16. PLAN YOUR TRIP TO GARNER TODAY Let's Have Some Fun We've put together an amazing cadre of resources to plan your trip. Download A Garner Map Here You'll also find some cool videos to watch, park write ups and you can also discover the cabin or lodge you like to stay in. Plus, we'll provide you $50 booking credit when you make a reservation with GARNER50. Learn about River Bluff Cabins www.riverbluffcabins.com Learn about other properties www.rbvactionrentals.com

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