If you are an outdoor enthusiast, and you enjoy spending time in beautiful state parks, then you will certainly want to add picnicking in Garner State Park to your bucket list. With nearly three miles of the Frio River flowing through the nature preserve, you will see some stunning canyon-like hills. With a beautiful river and hiking trails galore, you will have many options for stopping to enjoy a meal. Take a look at the following tips to help you make the most of your picnic:
Plan around an activity.
Located deep in the Texas hill country, Garner State Park offers a large array of different activities, including (but not limited to!) paddle boating, fishing, hiking, camping and swimming. Decide what you would like to see and do before you plan your picnic and make use of the many rental equipment options the park has to offer. Keep in mind that you may want to plan a picnic for later in the day during the summer to take advantage of the evening time famous summer dances. These dances have been taking place since the 1940s and are always very popular among the young and old alike.
Do a little research beforehand!
This may sound tiresome, but checking up before you enter the park on the wildlife and geophysical properties of the preserve will definitely enhance your visit, particularly if you are interested in the outdoors. With a wide array of birds inhabiting the area and unique and hardy plants you won’t see anywhere but in the Texas Hill Country, you will get more out of your visit if you know what to look for. Visit the Garner State Park website or check with Uvalde and Concan’s visitor’s bureau to tap into the local resources.
Decide whether you want your picnic to be a part of a camping experience, or whether you are looking for day trip options.
Because Garner State Park is such a popular place to visit, you must plan out your trip in advance. Often, you may encounter a waitlist, especially during peak travel times of the year, including the spring and summer months. If you are interested in staying overnight, then call ahead of time to inquire about camping sites as well as cabin rentals. If checking out the park for its day use is more in line with your plans, then call ahead of time to check on the wait time, if any, to enter the park. The nature area is located in the small Texas town of Concan and is located near Uvalde, as well. Check out these two towns for different accommodation options, including local bed and breakfasts, other camping spots and hotel rooms.
Bring the right foods.
And of course, for the most important aspect of your picnic, don’t forget to pack good, hearty foods! Hard loaves of bread and crackers do well on picnics, as well as easy to eat fruits, like apples and berries. Bring plenty of water, as it can get quite hot during the year. And no matter what, make sure you pick up your trash!