Bayou Bound and traipsing through Texas Hill Country, 2008 travel blog

Rural scene

Spotted deer

Turkeys in South Llano River park

Colorful birds in the bird blind

Our own private meadow in the campground

Deer at dusk

Rio Frio at the Garner state park

Turkey vultures sunning themselves

The oak grove we camped under

Cypress trees with their feet in the cold river

Few state parks can match the breadth of activities offered by Texas state parks. From cattle drives, horseback riding, steam trains, fishing, biking, hiking, birding and nature trails Texas state parks has it all.

The South Llano River state park is a delightful riverside park, reputed to be one of the most prestine water bodies in the state. It is known for its wildlife and is a birders dream with miles of trails and several bird blinds. The park is home to a large turkey roost which harbors over 800 turkeys. They are protected so the roost is closed during the breeding season.

Garner state park is huge and nestled next to the cool, cypress-shaded Frio River and towering stone cliffs. It has 568 sites but, like all state parks, the sites are very far apart. Ours was nestled in a beautiful old oak grove with the turquoise Rio Frio at our front door. Woodpeckers awakened us and we breakfasted while watching a flock of buzzards warming themselves on the river bank.

Garner is one of the most developed and heavily visited Texas state parks. It has 6 miles of hiking trails; swimming, picnicking, fishing, canoeing. Wildlife here consists of white-tail deer, armadillos, wild turkeys, geese and songbirds.

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