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The History Of Garner State Park In 1 Minute
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The History Of Garner State Park In 1 Minute

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Updated: 14 June 2016
Garner State Park (also known as just Garner) is located in Concan, in the Texas Hill Country. With its close proximity to the Frio River and the nightly dances held during the spring and summer, there’s no wonder why Garner is the most popular state park in all of Texas for overnight camping.

With 1,420 acres of land, Garner is one of the most developed and visited state parks in Texas. Other than camping outdoors, there are so many activities for you and your group to choose from. From swimming and floating in the river to paddle boating, playing miniature golf, and hiking along the 11 miles of scenic trails, Garner is a great place to appreciate nature.

You can choose from staying on a campsite, in a cabin or in a screened shelter. Garner has seven different camping areas. If you have a preference to where and which campsite you want to stay in, make sure to call ahead to make a reservation. Each cabin can hold up to 4 people, and they have luxuries such as a fireplaces, kitchens and indoor plumbing. Of course, staying on a campsite or a screened shelter is a lot cheaper, and they hold bigger groups of people. If you choose not to stay in a cabin, there are public restrooms and showers for use.

Other than the breathtaking views, there is one thing campers always look forward to: the scheduled dances. Ever since the 1940s, Garner has been hosting summer nightly dances for visitors. It’s a tradition all campers have loved and continue to enjoy. It’s advisable to arrive early as parking can get full quickly. Gates may close around 8:30 P.M.

Admission Fees
13+: $7 Daily | 12 and under: Free
Contact park for accurate prices.

During Memorial Day – Mid-August: 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Entrance gate locked at 11:30 P.M.
Mid-August – Memorial Day: Sunday- Thursday: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. | Friday – Saturday: Call for hours
Entrance gate locked at 10:00 P.M.
(Once park reaches maximum capacity, it will be closed off to visitors. Campers with reservations will still be able to enter. Reservations are highly recommended if you want to guarantee your visit/stay.)