One hour out from San Antonio, on the banks of the San Marco River, Ottine, TX has an interesting history. Settled by the Otto family in the late 1800s, Ottine was once a bustling small town with a railway station, two mills, a church, a saloon, a blacksmith’s and a post office. But as the railway declined, so did the population, and by the nineties, Ottine was designated a ghost town.
These days, Ottine is known to some as the home of a monster -- a hulking, hairy, man-like creature that allegedly lives and hunts in the swamp outside town. The land around the swamp has been converted into a vast state park -- one with plenty of trails for you and your pooch to explore! It does pay to be on the watch for wildlife, but you and your furry friend should probably be more concerned with snakes than the Sasquatch.
Ottine’s population has recovered somewhat from its ghost town days, but unfortunately, there’s not really enough demand for a vet. Don’t worry, you’ll find clinics to take good care of your buddy in nearby Luling. It should come as no surprise that there’s no designated dog park in town, but you’ll find lots of furrific options for off-leash adventures in the surrounding area!