Located along the Frio River, the Garner State Park in Texas is a pupular spot for its riverfront. And with lots of other outdoor pawpportunities, this park is sure to get your dog's tail wagging.
Originally home to nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes, this area was first exposed to European colonization in the 16th century. Today, the park is locally famous for its almost three miles of winding river. This meandering body of water is packed with locals during the warmer months, floating lazily along in rented inner tubes with their friends. Dogs are allowed on the shore outside of any designated beach or bathing areas, provided they're on a leash, but aren't allowed in the public waters.
On land is where your pup can find their bliss. With more than 16 miles of trails to hike, your dog can get their fill of exploration. There is clear signage marking the few trails that are specific to cycling or hunting, so keep your eyes peeled to stay on the right ones. Picnic areas and shelters are spread throughout, giving you a puptastic spot to take a rest, or enjoy a meal or snack.
Overnight guests are welcome to stay in cabins, traditional campsites, or screen shelters during the summer months. If you have your dog in tow, however, you'll need to stay at the dog-friendly campsites. The park has a 24-hour concessionaire that offers full meals and snacks during the busy months, while during the off-season, vending machines are available for use.
Access to this furbulous park is $8 per day for adults and children over 13. Children 12 and under can enter free. You can also get an annual pass for all of Texas's state parks for $70. Dogs are welcome to explore with you, but need to be leashed at all times. Bring enough water to share with your thirsty pup, and clean-up bags, and always stoop and scoop.
Get your nature on with your adventure pup at the Garner State Park today!