This is one of Texas's most popular state parks for a reason. The deep canyons, shady cypress, and towering mesas are a must-see if you’re visiting hill country.
Did we mention the river? It runs through the park for 2.9 miles—the perfect length for an afternoon float. There is also a tube shuttle available to take you to the top. No juggling multiple cars here! Just relax and let the river do the work.
When you’re done floating, check out the mega deep pools located below the dam past the main camping area. They’re less crowded than the rest of the park. You might just get lucky and have them all to yourself.
After a day on the river, stay over at one of the park’s eight campgrounds. Choose from tent sites, screened shelters, or full-on cabins. While you're there, take in some nightlife; the park holds dances every evening during the summer.
If you decide that you actually want to stay forever and ever, the park is always looking for volunteers. Check their website for the latest available positions.