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About Garner State Park
Campgrounds in Garner
The Rio Frio Campground has a similar set of perks to explore as their neighboring sites at Live Oak. Nearby amenities include a shower and 50-amp...
OG Garner in da house! The Pecan Grove campsites make up half of what is considered the “Old Garner” premium area of Garner State Park. What sites...
Location, location, location! The Shady Meadows Campground sits at the heart of Garner State Park. Here, you’re steps away from the visitor’s...
Persimmons may be in season only a few months out of the year but Persimmon Hill Campground at Garner State Park is always ripe for your picking!...
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Shady Oaks is the best camp site if you don't want to be surrounded by lots of people. Most of the sites are not extremely close to one another. You are only a 15 min walk from the river and from Old Baldy Trail. You have water and electric hook ups as well if needed. And if you get there early on a weekend, try to grab sites 120 or 122. Both of those are almost separate from everyone else so you get more privacy than normal.
I recommend not picking the sites near the showers/restrooms. Sure it seems like a great convenience but it quickly becomes a annoyance listening to the toilets flushing throughout the night. (lesson learned) Other than that, it is a great campground with easy access to the river to the East and some great hiking trails to the West.
The Frio is also my favorite river to float in Texas! Always seems like it is the perfect temperature in the summer and more laid back and relaxing than say the Guadalupe or the Comal.
History of Garner State Park
As more people bought cars in the early 20th century, vacation camping became a popular pastime. The Magers family, German immigrants who settled in this area, opened part of their land for camping in the 1920s. The cool, clear waters of the river and the beauty of the canyons made this an ideal campground.
Local citizens acquired land and enlisted the Civilian Conservation Corps to build the park. After construction was completed, the park was donated to the state. The park opened June 1, 1941, and was named for John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner. Garner was a Uvalde native who served as vice president of the United States from 1933 to 1941.