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Garner Texas State Park
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Garner State Park Information:
This park is considered the most popular state park in Texas for overnight camping. It is also extremely popular with campers and local residents for the jukebox dances that occur nightly during spring break and during the summer. Jukebox dancing has been a tradition of the park since the park’s inception. Many parents now bringing their children to the park remember their childhoods spent dancing to the same jukebox music. The original 1,419.8 acres of parkland on the Frio River were acquired between 1934 and1936. An additional 177 acres were purchased in 2010. This new acreage includes the Old Baldy Bluff. The park opened to the public in 1941. The original improvements were made by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), including a large pavilion and a concession building built of native limestone and cypress, and the 18-hole miniature golf course. The park is named for former Uvalde resident John Nance Garner, Vice President of the U.S. from 1933-1941. Habitat consists of deep canyons, streams, high mesas, and carved limestone cliffs. Flash floods are common in the area. During periods of heavy rain, move to higher ground. Wildlife consists of white-tailed and axis deer, Rio Grande turkey, mourning dove, eastern bluebirds, golden-cheeked warblers, black rock squirrels, fox squirrels, raccoons, and other species. Park entrance and camping fees apply. Summer and Major Holiday Park Closures are common at this extremely popular park. When the park reaches maximum capacity, it closes to day visitors. For more park information read the Park Brochure and watch the Park Video. The park is located in the Balcones Canyonlands, 30 miles north of Uvalde, 9 miles south of Leakey, and 8 miles north of Concan, Texas. From U.S. 83, go east on FM 1050 for 0.2 miles to Park Road 29; proceed to the park entrance.  Garner State Park Facilities Map 
 
Frio River:
The Frio River has three prongs, the East Frio River, the West Frio River which arises from springs in northeastern Real County, and the Dry Frio River. The East and West Rivers join together near Leakey; the Dry Frio joins these two joined prongs northeast of Uvalde. The Main Frio River flows past Garner State Park, past Concan (the most frequently paddled section ends in Concan), then flows to central Live Oak County where it is impounded to form the Choke Canyon Reservoir. The Frio River then joins the Atascosa River three miles north of Three Rivers; the combined Frio and Atascosa Rivers join the Nueces River south of Three Rivers. The Leona River rises north of Uvalde and enters the Frio River six miles north of Dilley, Texas. The Frio River was named Frio because the spring fed river is quite cold. Leakey, Concan and Rio Frio, Texas are located in the Frio River Canyon.  Fish Stocking History  Frio River Canyon Area Maps Online
 
Garner State Park Directions:  
The park is located 31 miles north of Uvalde, 9 miles south of Leakey, and 8 miles north on Concan on FM 1050 off U.S. 83. From U.S. 83, go east on FM 1050 for 0.2 miles to Park Road 29; proceed to the park entrance.