Blanco State Park – Blanco, Texas

By , June 16, 2008 1:38 pm

Trip Date: June 13, 2008

Length of Stay: 2 nights

Rating: 4 of 5

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We had a great experience at Blanco State Park which is located in Blanco, Texas about 60 miles west of Austin. The park is probably the smallest state park (about 100 acres) we have visited in Texas and is located inside the city limits of small town of Blanco right on the Blanco River.

All of the sites appeared to be shaded and level. There are two camp site loops. Sites 1-10 are all full hookups. Sites 11 – 31 have some full hookup and some water and electricity only. On the 11-31 loop, the sites on the inside (11, 12, 14, 16, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 31) are full hookup. We camped on site 27 which was level and shady. All of the sites are spread out so you have a fair bit of distance between you and your neighbors.

All of the facilities at the park were very well maintained and very clean. I spoke with the park host, Alton Bell, and he said he had been the park host each year for about 3 to 6 months for the past 9 years. That says a lot about the park and its employees.

The Blanco River is really pretty here and there is a ton of shaded areas along the bank in both directions for picnics, swimming, fishing, and tubing. We brought our kayak and had a great time on the river.

The Blanco River has a series of dams in this area that create nice pools of water about 1/2 mile long. Three of these such dams are in Blanco State Park.

The majority of the campsites are 150 to 200 yards from the river so we just drove the truck (filled with all of our stuff, food and toys) down to one of the day use areas right on the river and spent the day there.

On the weekend we were staying at the park, the town of Blanco was hosting the Lavendar Festival on the town square. There is a neat little hiking trail about 3/4 of a mile long from the park that takes you right to the town square. The festival was interesting but it was 99 degrees F so we didn’t stay all that long and hurried back to the river to cool off!

Lots of people were fishing but we didn’t see all that many fish being pull out of the river. We fished for a while on Saturday afternoon but caught nothing. The entire park is also a nice place to ride bicycles as well.

We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely come back again. Since the park is small and close to Austin and San Antonio it is usually booked so make your reservations well in advance of your stay.

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