Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock here each year to enjoy its matchless vacation facilities. They swim in the clear waters of the Frio River, scoot its rapids on inner tubes, rent pedal boats, and hike its fascinating nature trails. On long summer evenings, young folks (and the young at heart) meet at the concession building for jukebox dancing every night during the summer season. Nearby is a miniature golf course, which is lighted for nighttime playing. Meals and snacks are served in the concession building, though many families prefer to take advantage of the many camping sites and do their own cooking. A limited number of cabins are available for rent. The park offers camping, hiking, nature study, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, swimming in the Frio River (unsupervised), seasonal miniature golf, paddle boat and kayak rentals (mid-March through Labor Day weekend), bike riding (surfaced).
Amazing hiking trails. Lots to do here. The views where breath taking. The hike up to old baldy was worth the trip. There are trails to fit every style of hiking. Enjoyed the Donovan trail and campos trail. Crystal cave trail gets a bit crowed with hikers. But still a nice trail. Bridges trail is moderate, up hill. The frio canyon trail is the least traveled trail. The water is crystal clear. Would go back here in a heart beat. Truly amazing park.
Loved it. And didn't even get to cover close to all of the park. We started with Old Baldy and took an alternate trail down. This was my first "challenging" trail in Texas. It was steep, but really short. One of the most scenic trails I have done in hill country. We saw a Red Tailed Hawk from above! There are some great screened shelters next to a shower/restroom facility.
Great trails that vary in skill level. We went up a very challenging Crystal Cave route to Painted Rock. The cave was nice, painted rock was all about the view of the Frio Canyon and 'Old Baldy'. We went in fall and it was great. Will go back to complete more trails.
Very nice hiking trails. The trails are all intertwined into the camp grounds of the state park here, but are still enjoyable. The trails can take you far enough away from all the other activity to give you that sense of wilderness. Also Garner has a very nice little creek that has some great little places to dip into. Fun place to hike or camp with kids.
This may have been the most enjoyable camping and hiking I've experienced in Texas yet. The hike up the trail from any trailhead is demanding at first--a steep slope upward--but we found mountain goats and plenty of birds and rodents to amuse us along the way (and serve as a good excuse to stop for a water break). Once on top, the views of the Rio Frio and the surrounding countryside are well worth the effort, and you can happily spend an afternoon wandering around the interconnected trails, which range from sunny and open to shaded and tree-lined. Then, when the heat gets to be too much, head downhill to the river and take a dip; it's appropriately named!
Old Baldy Trail and White Rock Cave Trail are both worth the drive out to Concan, Texas! The views from the trail as you're ascending, and from the summit, are outstanding. Be prepared for a challenging hike. On a hot day you'll need several bottles of water, some food, good hiking shoes, and determination to reach the top. Watch out for loose rocks as you climb, and don't rush your steps, but remember to stop and look around, because the scenery changes so often. The best views of Old Baldy are from the summit of White Rock Cave trail, so be sure to climb them both.
I took Bird Trail on the way up to the summit and it was steep and challenging. White Rock Cave was a great surprise. I took Bridges Trail on the way down. Bridges Trail is very rocky with large rock mixed with small pebbles. Wear proper hiking shoes with good traction to avoid slipping.