- Garner State Park is one of the true beauty spots of Texas found in the northern part of Uvalde County. Located thirty miles north of Uvalde and seven miles north of Con Can, Garner State Park has ten acres of river front.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors from Texas and many other states flock here each year to enjoy its matchless vacation facilities. They swim in the clear waters of the Frio River, scoot its rapids on inner tubes, rent pedal boats, and hike its fascinating nature trails. On long summer evenings, young folks and those still young at heart meet at the concession building for jukebox dancing every night during the summer season. Nearby is a miniature golf course, which is lighted for nighttime playing. Meals and snacks are served in the concession building, though many families prefer to take advantage of the many camping sites and do their own cooking. A limited number of cabins are available for rent.
The park is in abundance with Whitetail and Axis deer, Rio Grande turkey, Morning dove, Eastern bluebirds, Golden-cheeked Warblers, Black Rocks squirrels, Fox squirrels, Raccoons, and many other animal species.
There is also an abundance of trees such as Mesquite, Texas Red Bud, Bald Cypress, Western Ash Juniper, Spanish Oak, Lacey Oak, Texas Madrone, Cedar Elm, and Pecan, as well as Mountain Laurel and Agarita shrubs. Geology: Deep, enfolding canyons, pattering streams, high mesas, and carving cliff walls of limestone upon limestone are the brush strokes in the geologic painting of this intriguing terrain found southwest of Kerrville and west of Boerne. Many backcountry paved roads wind through canyons along streams here, offering the traveler a different pace from the pell-mell freeway rush.
All the rocks in this area are early Cretaceous in age, deposited over millions of years in warm, shallow seas that once covered Texas. The Glen Rose formation, a collection of limestone, shale, marl, and siltstone beds, was deposited along the shifting margins of the sea where dinosaurs roamed in great numbers, leaving their footprints in the sands. The Cretaceous Sea then spread over Texas in earnest, limestone, over the Glen Rose beds. This sequence of strata, Glen Rose below, Edwards above, is found throughout this area.
The park offers camping, hiking, nature study, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, swimming in the Frio River (unsupervised), seasonal miniature golf, and paddle boat rentals (mid-March through Labor Day weekend), bike riding (surfaced).
The park is located in Uvalde County, 31 miles north of the town of Uvalde, 9 miles south of Leakey, or 8 miles north of Concan on the Frio River. From US Highway 83, turn east on FM 1050 for .2 miles to Park Road 29 to the new entrance.