November 13, 2017
Garner State Park had its beginnings back in the 1930s when President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to help the unemployment crisis. The CCC Company 879 developed Garner between 1935 and 1941 using native limestone and bald cypress to construct buildings. The park opened in 1941 and was named for John Nance Garner, a lawyer from Concan, TX ( where the park is located ). He later became the 39th Speaker of the House and served as vice-president of the United States with President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1941.
Today this gem of a park hidden away in scenic Texas Hill Country covers 1,774 acres with 2.9 miles of the Frio River winding its way through.
Our visit was under cloudy skies with no rain in the forecast. We were hopeful the sun would show itself at any minute...that didn't happen. Pictures were a challenge !
We set out on the Frio Canyon Hike...traversing the prairie
We enjoyed lunch in the primitive camping area. These very nice screened in porches with tables inside sure are nice at the tent sites.
After lunch, we hiked the Blinn River Trail. We aren't sure how it got this name as it follows the Frio River...up close and personal !
The roads we have traveled on (usually a Farm Road or a Ranch Road) have been scenic, curvy, and hilly...well, it is Hill Country...and a delightful adventure in itself.
Until next time...
HAPPY TRAILS !