Blanco

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Blanco State Park is located along a mile of the Blanco River, on the southern edge of Blanco, Texas. It features camping, picnicking, screened shelters, swimming, tubing, nature trails, and a wildlife viewing station. The park is hilly with mostly cedar, and pecan trees. Among the animals seen at the park are nutria, mallards, raccoon, armadillo and squirrel.

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Trails Map of Blanco State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Blanco - Trails Map

Trails Map of Blanco State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Campground Map of Blanco State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Trails Map of Blanco State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Blanco SP https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/blanco https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanco_State_Park Blanco State Park is located along a mile of the Blanco River, on the southern edge of Blanco, Texas. It features camping, picnicking, screened shelters, swimming, tubing, nature trails, and a wildlife viewing station. The park is hilly with mostly cedar, and pecan trees. Among the animals seen at the park are nutria, mallards, raccoon, armadillo and squirrel.
For assistance using this map, contact the park. Blanco #TxStateParks State Park #BetterOutside TexasStateParks.org/App n To San A As a state park, the primary focus of this site is to provide recreational opportunities while maintaining public safety and protecting fragile park resources. Help us to protect this special place and provide for everyone’s enjoyment by following some simple guidelines: 29 50/30 amp electric service 30 31 54 • PUBLIC CONSUMPTION OR DISPLAY OF ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE IS PROHIBITED. 53 52 47 • GRAY WATER AND BLACK WATER MUST BE DISCHARGED ONLY AT DUMP STATION. 5 6 43 2 7 8 9 10 1 27 26 24 21 23 25 13 42 19 14 11 12 Headquarters 22 20 15 16 17 N State Parks Store Restrooms 30 amp 18 electric service (inside circle) Showers Water and Electric Sites Excess Parking 41 No trailer turnaround road Full Hookup Sites Dump Station 41 45 46 44 Excess Parking • Pets must be kept on leash no longer than six feet and are not permitted in any building, including shelters. Please pick up after them. 51 43 • CHECK OUT time is noon or renew permit by 9 a.m. (pending site availability). 28 @TPWDparks @texasparkswildlife LEGEND (outside circle) tonio PLEASE NOTE /texasparksandwildlife Screened Shelters • Park closes at 10 p.m., except to overnight guests. Wheelchair Accessible • Gathering of firewood is prohibited. Firewood is available at Park Host site. Nature Trail • Campfires are permitted only in fire rings provided at each site. Scenic Overlook • Swim at your own risk. NO LIFEGUARD on duty. ADA Accessible Trail er iv co an Bl r ve Ri R Ca 281 o • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. e sw nc • Vehicles must be parked on asphalt at campsites – no parking on grass. l rai eT tur a ll N CLOSED AREA – DO NOT ENTER WATER IN THIS AREA. la • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Picnic Area B • No glass containers allowed in river. Group Picnic Area Group Picnic Pavilion Parking Playground Hot Coal Bin No trailer turnaround road Recycle Bin Texas State Parks Store Blanco T-shirts, caps and one-of-a-kind gift items are available at the Texas State Parks Store located in our park headquarters building. 101 Park Road 23 Blanco, TX 78606 (830) 833-4333 For GPS, use 29 Main Street TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. © 2020 TPWD PWD MP P4507-012A (2/20) Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. PARK RESERVATIONS TexasStateParks.org ParquesDeTexas.org (512) 389-8900 Proud Sponsor of Texas State Parks
EO A 1320' 2ND LIV n PEC AN RRY w KBE MES QUI TE To re HAC Blanco State Park Trails Map C e k GLE 1320' 101 Park Road 23 Blanco, TX 78606 (830) 833-4333 www.texasstateparks.org SIN NO TRAIL ACCESS BEYOND THIS POINT 1ST 2 2 MAI N NOTES: LEGEND SCALE 0.16 Miles 0.08 23 Y ST R STUELE R PE 5 FU 0.0 4 an co R LC HE RS T iv K OA ES 1 1 CLOSED AREA 3 BEE 0' 136 SCENIC VIEW 30° 5' 31.61" N 98° 25' 43.95" W Take in the stunning blue-green Blanco River from this spot. 4 Belted Kingfisher 3 132 5 4 23 RD CCC PICNIC PAVILION 30° 5' 24.12" N 98° 25' 28.98" W The centerpiece of the park, the pavilion was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. 290 CH 4 3 N RA CASWELL NATURE TRAIL 30° 5' 26.46" N 98° 25' 26.52" W Look for birds, snakes, and small mammals on this trail. AKS RO E RIV 0' 3 Caswell Nature Trail .7 mi. 134 CCC DAM 30° 5' 41.31" N 98° 25' 10.67" W Hike to get a view of this historic structure that most visitors don’t see. 65 0. JON er (GPS coordinates shown in degrees, minutes, seconds) 2 © 2017 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4507-0012H (7/17) GE D RI Closed Area POINTS OF INTEREST THE FALLS 30° 5' 27.78" N 98° 25' 29.40" W Cool off after your hike at one of the most popular places in the park. Depository Libraries. 0.12 Pumphouse Trail .2 mi. 1 C In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas K OA W IN Bl 5 No claims are made to the accuracy of the data or to the suitability of the data to a particular use. Map AN AH compiled by Texas State ALLParks staff. S HI MA 102 G IN ELM 0.0 1 R VE RI MI 13 00 ' 0 1360' Headquarters Parking Restrooms Day Use Area Full Hookup Sites Dump Station Screened Shelters Nature Trail Scenic Overlook Group Picnic Pavilion Playground Wheelchair Accessible Water/Electric Sites Trailhead Dam Contour intervals are 20 feet. Trail lengths are in miles. Elevation levels are in feet. 1320' NCO BLA 1360' 1352' TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. AC Blanco State Park FOR EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1. Explore beyond the Blanco River and gain a new perspective on its stunning blue-green waters. Take a short hike and experience a different side of Blanco State Park. The riparian habitat along the river is home to plants, animals, and millions of years of history beneath your feet. STAYING SAFE KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity. TELL OTHERS WHERE YOU’LL BE. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. WEAR A HELMET. When biking, check with park HQ to match the ride to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash. 101 Park Road 23 Blanco, TX 78606 (830) 833-4333 TRAIL DIST DIFFICULTY DESCRIPTION PUMPHOUSE TRAIL .3 mi. (round trip) Easy Take your family on a short and easy hike on this level trail. Keep your eyes and ears open for birds and turtles as you overlook the Blanco River. CASWELL NATURE TRAIL 1.3 mi. (round trip) Easy Explore a riverside forest on this rocky hike. You’ll also get a unique view of a Civilian Conservation Corps dam, constructed in the 1930s. TRAIL ETIQUETTE Trash your trash. Keep the park natural. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace. Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick and more likely to cause harm to people. Don’t Pocket The Past. Help preserve Texas heritage. Leave artifacts where you find them and report their location to a ranger. Take only memories and pictures. Disturbing or removing any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts is a violation of state law. Keep pets on leashes to keep them safe, while protecting wildlife. We need to know about your caches. Please check with park HQ before placing geocaches within the park. POTENTIALLY HARMFUL PLANTS AND ANIMALS LIVE HERE. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on trails. WEATHER CHANGES QUICKLY. Check forecasts before you leave and prepare for unexpected changes in the weather. Red-eared Slider Wildflowers For information on Texas State Parks, visit www.texasstateparks.org Sign up today for free email up
texas parks and wildlife Interpretive Guide to: BLANCO STATE PARK This 104-acre park provides a surprising variety of recreational opportunities. However you enjoy the park, help us care for it by preserving the cultural and natural resources. MEANDERING THROUGH THE PARK, THE BLANCO RIVER SHOWCASES STONE WHITE TERRACES, LIMEPECAN FLATS, AND MAJESTIC BALD CYPRESS TREES. THE BLUEGREEN WATERS FLOW OVER TWO DAMS, CONSTRUCTED BY THE CIVILIAN CONSERVA- TION CORPS IN THE 1930S. THESE TRANQUIL FALLS ARE • Preserve the integrity of the historic CCC structures by using them with respect. • Hike only on designated trails and stay out of closed areas. • Leave no trace. Keep your park and river clean by not littering. • Preserve the park for future generations and leave plants, animals, and fossils where you find them. • Get involved by joining the Friends of Blanco State Park, a volunteer, non-profit organization committed to the preservation, protection, and improvement of the park. FURTHER READING Texas State Parks and the CCC: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps by Cynthia Brandimarte with Angela Reed, Texas A&M University Press, 2013 Parks for Texas by James Wright Steely, University of Texas Press, 1999. For more information about programs or volunteering, contact the park or visit our website and Facebook page. 101 Park Road 23 • Blanco, Texas 78606 (830) 833-4333 • www.tpwd.texas.gov/blanco www.facebook.com/BlancoStatePark CALLING YOU TO TAKE A DIP, THROW OUT A LINE, OR FLOAT Proud Sponsor of Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs © 2017 TPWD. PWD BR P4507-0012J (7/17) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. JOHN CHANDLER IN SPRING-FED WATERS. B L A N C O S T A T E P A R K SPRINGS OF LIFE STORIES IN STONE The Blanco River emerges from springs bubbling up through permeable layers of limestone 19 miles west of the park. The Trinity aquifer and more natural springs feed the river along its winding path. You can even see two springs flowing inside the park. The flowing water and landscape are teeming with an array of wildlife that hunt, forage, and raise their young here. Birds nest in the towering bald cypress and American sycamore trees that anchor the riverbanks. Great blue herons perch atop the dams Great blue heron waiting for the right moment to spear a largemouth bass. The stouter green heron wades in the shallow waters in search of smaller fish. Keep your eyes open for spiny softshell turtles, raccoons, and water snakes that make their homes along the river. T he Great Depression of the 1930s brought hardship to the nation. Many people faced a tough time with few jobs, no money, and little hope. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933 to help conserve our natural resources, and restore the nation’s hope. The CCC provided unemployed young men, ages 18-25, the opportunity to gain skills and education while building parks and doing resource conservation. In return, they received housing, three square meals a day, and medical care. Moreover, they received $30 a month each, $25 being sent home to support their families. Floodwaters plowed through Blanco State Park in 2015. WILD AND UNRULY Rugged hills, spring-fed creeks, and steep limestone banks draw people to the Texas Hill Country. But heavy and sudden rains can cause the otherwise docile rivers to become wild and unruly, giving the Hill Country another nickname: Flash Flood Alley. Also in 1933, local landowners sold their land to the State of Texas to create a park. Within a month, CCC Company 854 arrived in Blanco. They worked for 11 months, shaping the land into the park we know today. The company of 177 men constructed dams, roads, bridges, and other park facilities, including the stone Picnic Pavilion. Heavy rains hammered the Hill County in May 2015 and saturated the Blanco River watershed. On May 23, 10 to 13 inches of rain fell within 24 hours. The river rose an astounding 30 feet. Water rushed through Blanco State Park, and lapped at the bottom of the Highway 281 bridge. These floodwaters caused widespread devastation and, tragically, 11 deaths downstream. JOHN CHANDLER Not surprisingly, the river and springs attracted Native Americans, the Spanish, and early settlers to the area. In 1
BLANCO SP BIRD CHECKLIST This checklist is a list of common and specialty birds seen in the park. Staff and volunteers have used previous checklists as well as eBird data to compile these lists. This list should not be used as a comprehensive list of birds seen in this park. Please help us protect the natural avian communities by refraining from using playback tapes of bird songs. Thank you for your cooperation. Waterfowl ___ Black-bellied Whistling-Duck ___ Greater White-fronted Goose ___ Mallard ___ Redhead ___ Ring-necked Duck Grouse, Quail, and Allies ___ Wild Turkey Grebes ___ Pied-billed Grebe Pigeons and Doves ___ Rock Pigeon ___ Eurasian Collared-Dove ___ Inca Dove ___ Common Ground-Dove ___ White-winged Dove ___ Mourning Dove Cuckoos ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo Swifts ___ Chimney Swift Hummingbirds ___ Ruby-throated Hummingbird ___ Black-chinned Hummingbird Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ___ American Coot Shorebirds ___ Killdeer ___ Spotted Sandpiper Cormorants and Anhingas ___ Double-crested Cormorant Herons, Ibis, and Allies ___ Great Blue Heron ___ Great Egret ___ Snowy Egret ___ Cattle Egret ___ Green Heron ___ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Vultures, Hawks, and Allies ___ Black Vulture ___ Turkey Vulture ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk ___ Cooper’s Hawk ___ Red-shouldered Hawk ___ Red-tailed Hawk Owls ___ Eastern Screech-Owl Kingfishers ___ Belted Kingfisher ___ Green Kingfisher Woodpeckers ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ___ Golden-fronted Woodpecker ___ Downy Woodpecker ___ Ladder-backed Woodpecker ___ Northern Flicker Falcons and Caracaras ___ Crested Caracara ___ American Kestrel Tyrant Flycatchers: Pewees, Kingbirds, and Allies ___ Eastern Wood-Pewee ___ Acadian Flycatcher ___ Least Flycatcher ___ Eastern Phoebe ___ Ash-throated Flycatcher ___ Great Crested Flycatcher ___ Western Kingbird ___ Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Vireos ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ White-eyed Vireo Yellow-throated Vireo Blue-headed Vireo Warbling Vireo Red-eyed Vireo Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens ___ Blue Jay ___ Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay ___ American Crow ___ Common Raven Martins and Swallows ___ Purple Martin ___ Barn Swallow ___ Cliff Swallow ___ Cave Swallow Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice ___ Carolina Chickadee ___ Black-crested Titmouse Nuthatches ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch Treecreepers ___ Brown Creeper Wrens ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Canyon Wren House Wren Winter Wren Carolina Wren Bewick’s Wren Gnatcatchers ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Kinglets ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet Thrushes ___ Eastern Bluebird ___ Hermit Thrush ___ American Robin Thrashers ___ Long-billed Thrasher ___ Northern Mockingbird Starlings and Mynas ___ European Starling Waxwings ___ Cedar Waxwing Old World Sparrows ___ House Sparrow Finches and Allies ___ House Finch ___ Pine Siskin ___ Lesser Goldfinch ___ American Goldfinch New World Sparrows ___ Grasshopper Sparrow ___ Chipping Sparrow ___ Clay-colored Sparrow ___ Field Sparrow ___ Lark Sparrow ___ White-crowned Sparrow ___ Harris’s Sparrow ___ White-throated Sparrow ___ Vesper Sparrow ___ Savannah Sparrow ___ Song Sparrow ___ Lincoln’s Sparrow ___ Rufous-crowned Sparrow ___ Spotted Towhee Yellow-breasted Chat ___ Yellow-breasted Chat Blackbirds ___ Orchard Oriole ___ Baltimore Oriole ___ Red-winged Blackbird ___ Bronzed Cowbird ___ Brown-headed Cowbird ___ Common Grackle ___ Great-tailed Grackle Wood-Warblers ___ Black-and-white Warbler ___ Orange-crowned Warbler ___ Nashville Warbler ___ Mourning Warbler ___ Common Yellowthroat ___ American Redstart ___ Northern Parula ___ Magnolia Warbler ___ Yellow Warbler ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler ___ Pine Warbler ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler ___ Yellow-throated Warbler ___ Wilson’s Warbler Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies ___ Summer Tanager ___ Northern Cardinal ___ Indigo Bunting ___ Painted Bunting ___ Dickcissel © 2019 TPWD PWD CD P4507-0012K (5/19) Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.
Visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/outdoor-annual for the most current regulations. BLANCO STATE PARK Other info: www.texasstateparks.org P.O. Box 493 • Blanco, TX 78606 (830) 833-4333 FISHING tip sheet Local Emergency: During business hours call Park Headquarters; AFTER hours call Blanco County Sheriff’s Office (830) 868-7304 or 911. Where to Fish: The park features shoreline access along the Blanco River. NOTE: There is no fishing from the low water crossing and swimmers have the right of way. Licenses and Restrictions: A fishing license is not required to fish within the boundaries of a state park. When fishing from a pier or other man-made structure within a state park, there is a limit of two fishing poles per person. NOTE: Powered boats are prohibited in Blanco State Park. HARVEST REGULATIONS SPECIES DAILY BAG LIMIT LENGTH: MIN-MAX Bass: largemouth Bass: Guadalupe 5 (in any combination) Min: 14” – Max: No Limit No Limit Catfish: channel 25 12” No Limit No Limit 5 No Limit Sunfish Trout: rainbow* *Rainbow trout are stocked in the winter. All other fish: statewide bag and length limits apply. SPECIES FISHING OPPORTUNITIES © 2018 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT Largemouth Bass Catfish White Bass Sunfish TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. PWD LF P4507-012G (10/19) HA N DY FISH ING BASICS HOW TO TIE A FISHING KNOT NATURAL BAIT HOOK PLACEMENT The palomar knot is very strong and easy to tie. HOW TO MEASURE FISH Pinch the tail together and take the longest measurement from nose to tail. Freshwater fish TIPS FOR RELEASING FISH SAFELY 1. For safety for you and a quick release of fish, mash down the barb of the hook with pliers. 2. Quickly play and release fish as soon as possible (take photos quickly). 3. Remove hook with pliers or cut line if the hook has been swallowed. 4. Gently place fish back into water. 5. Revive fish by holding upright in water and facing it into the current, gently forcing water through gills. Saltwater fish 6. If you don’t intend to eat the fish, NEVER place it on a stringer. FISHING ETHICS SAFETY • Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your head, eyes and skin. • Use insect repellent – but keep off hands, as you will be handling bait and live fish. • Look behind you before each cast to avoid hooking someone or getting caught in a tree (practice casting before you go fishing). • Bring plenty of drinking water to prevent dehydration; soft drinks encourage dehydration. • Wear a life jacket if you cannot swim or you are uncomfortable around the water. Supervise young children: it only takes a second for them to slip under the surface. Kids under 13 must wear life jackets if fishing from a boat. Before doing anything, ask yourself the following questions: • • • Is it legal? Would it be good if everyone did it? Would it make you proud? Ethical behavior is more than just following the fishing regulations. Ethical people go beyond what laws require and demonstrate good judgment and behavior for everyone – even if no one sees you do something ethical. Ethical behavior includes picking up trash around the area you have been fishing, calmly and politely explaining to others if they are breaking fishing regulations, and respecting the rights of other anglers and those that use the water in other ways.
Blanco STATE PARK H I L L C O U N T RY Blanco STATE PARK Although not large in size, Blanco State Park offers a popular Hill Country retreat within the bounds of a charming, smalltown community. Meandering through the park is one mile of the scenic Blanco River, popular with visitors who enjoy swimming, tubing, fishing and kayaking. Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, facilities include a pavilion that overlooks the river and a group picnic area, both perfect for family get-togethers. Camping: Campsites with shade shelters and  water/electricity or full hookups. Also screened shelters. Special winter rates. Group Facilities: Group pavilion with kitchen (capacity 75) with adjacent playground. Group picnic area without shelter. Picnicking: Day-use sites along river. Playgrounds. Swimming: At your own risk in Blanco River. Rentals: Kayaks and tubes available seasonally. Fishing: Catches include crappie, bass, catfish and perch. Rainbow trout stocked in winter. Hiking: Short hiking trails. Texas State Park Store: One-of-a-kind gifts, shirts, caps and books. Johnson City 290 281 Dripping Springs 290 Austin 165 1888 Blanco Blanco State Park 35 12 165 2325 32 Wimberley Located in Blanco County, off U.S. 281 on the south side of Blanco at the Blanco River bridge. Blanco State Park 101 Park Road 23, Blanco, TX 78606 • (830) 833-4333 www.texasstateparks.org Rates and reservations: (512) 389-8900. For info only: (800) 792-1112. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. © 2020 TPWD PWD CD P4507-012D (4/20) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.
-Official- FA C I L I T I E S MAPS Get the Mobile App: ACTIVITIES texasstateparks.org/app Toyota Tundra Let your sense of adventure be your guide with the Toyota Official Vehicle of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation Tundra — built to help you explore all that the great state of Texas has to offer. | toyota.com/trucks BUILT HERE. LIVES HERE. ASSEMBLED IN TEXAS WITH U.S. AND GLOBALLY SOURCED PARTS. Contents 4 6 8 10 Activities and Programs Parks Near You Places to Stay Recreational Vehicles 12 Tips for Time in Nature Ray Roberts Devils River 14 Visitor Fees and Passes Directory TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT 18 Big Bend Country 26 34 48 56 64 80 86 Gulf Coast TPW COMMISSION S. Reed Morian, Chairman Houston Arch “Beaver” Aplin, III, Vice-Chairman Lake Jackson James E. Abell Kilgore Oliver J. Bell Cleveland Anna B. Galo Laredo Jeffery D. Hildebrand Houston Jeanne W. Latimer San Antonio Robert L. “Bobby” Patton, Jr. Fort Worth Dick Scott Wimberley T. Dan Friedkin, Chairman-Emeritus Houston Lee Marshall Bass, Chairman-Emeritus Fort Worth Hill Country Panhandle Plains Pineywoods Prairies and Lakes South Texas Plains Carter P. Smith Executive Director Rodney Franklin State Parks Director Josh Havens Communications Director Facilities and Activities Index 44 State Parks Map Special thanks to Toyota and advertisers, whose generous support made this guide possible. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Cover photo: Tyler State Park, Chase Fountain Texas State Parks Official Guide, Seventeenth Edition © TPWD PWD BK P4000-000A (5/20) TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. WELCOME from Rodney Franklin, State Parks Director   Texas contains some of the most diverse public lands in the country. There is a wealth of cultural heritage. Wildlife abounds, landscapes flourish with beauty and our history is abundant. Your state parks are a part of the legacy that makes Texas proud. The people of Texas recently helped secure that legacy for future generations by voting yes to Proposition 5. Thank you! These 630,000-plus acres showcase some of our state’s greatest treasures. Parks help people make memories with family and find respite in nature’s playground. They strengthen local economies and bind communities. Most of all, parks enable each of us to spend time outside to recharge, be healthy and relax in our own way. I invite you to enjoy your state parks, exploring the best of Texas with friends and family. The parks are here for you. They belong to you. Please visit, have fun, and help protect them forever! Thank you, Texas! Texans voted to approve passage of Proposition 5 in the November 5, 2019 election. Now 100% of the sporting goods sales tax will go to fund the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission. This funding will help secure the future of local parks, state parks and historic sites for generations to come, all without increasing taxes. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude. See what’s in store for Texas State Parks: texasstateparks.org/better ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS What is there to do in state parks? Enjoy a family picnic, tour a hallowed historic site or choose from some of these visitor favorites: Bike Pedal across parks at any speed, in any style, with any group. Choose the routes, surfaces and distances that fit your comfort zone. Walk Start with a shorter loop, tackle tougher terrain or join a guided tour. Fish Fish without a license in as many as 70 state parks. Many offer tackle loaner programs and special learnto-fish events. Boat or Paddle Rent canoes and kayaks, explore a Texas Paddling Trail or launch a boat. View Wildlife Discover the birds, mammals and plants that live in Texas. Many parks have signage and checklists to help you learn more about the wildlife around you. 4 Camp Swim Find a site that meets your needs. Test out new recipes, share your favorite stories and enjoy the stars. Beat the heat at creeks, rivers, lakes, springs, pools and ocean beaches. More information & reservations: texasstateparks.org (512) 389-8900 Many state parks offer special guided and self-guided progra
Guía de Parques INSTALACIONES Descarga la Aplicacíon Móvil MAPAS ACTIVIDADES texasstateparks.org/app ¡Los niños entran gratis! La entrada es gratis para los niños de 12 años y menores. Encuentra un parque: parquesdetexas.org Contenido Estero Llano Grande SP 2 4 6 8 9 10 18 Actividades y Programas Parques Cercanos Lugares para Quedarse Tarifas y Pases Directorio Mapa de Parques Instalaciones y Actividades BIENVENIDO Rodney Franklin, Director de Parques Texas tiene algunas de las tierras públicas más diversas del país, con una gran riqueza natural y cultural. La vida silvestre está por todas partes, los paisajes florecen con belleza, y la historia es abundante. Sus parques estatales son parte del legado que nos enorgullece. La gente de Texas ayuda a asegurar ese legado para las generaciones futuras al visitar y ser voluntarios. ¡Gracias! Estos más de 630,000 acres exhiben algunos de los grandes tesoros del estado. Los parques nos ayudan a crear recuerdos con la familia y a encontrar consuelo en la naturaleza. Los parques fortalecen las economías locales y unen a las comunidades. Sobre todo, los parques nos permiten pasar tiempo al aire libre para recargar energías, estar saludables y relajarnos a nuestra manera. Les invito a disfrutar de sus parques estatales, explorando lo mejor de Texas con amigos y familia. Los parques están aquí para todos. Nos pertenecen a todos. ¡Visítelos, diviértase y ayude a protegerlos para siempre! Foto de portada: Estero Llano State Park, Chase Fountain © 2021 TPWD PWD BK P4000-000A (5/21) TPWD recibe fondos del Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU. (USFWS por sus siglas en ingles). TPWD prohíbe la discriminación por raza, color, religión, nacionalidad de origen, discapacidad, edad y género, conforme la ley estatal y federal. Para solicitar un acomodo especial u obtener información en un formato alternativo, por favor contacte a TPWD en un Teléfono de Texto (TTY) al (512) 3898915 ó por medio de “Relay Texas” al 7-1-1 ó (800) 735-2989 ó por email a accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. Si usted cree que TPWD ha discriminado en su contra, favor de comunicarse con TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, o con el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU., Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. De acuerdo con la Ley de Depósito del Estado de Texas, esta publicación está disponible en el centro de Distribución de Publicaciones del Estado de Texas y/o las Bibliotecas de Depósito de Texas. ACTIVIDADES Y PROGRAMAS ¿Qué puedo hacer en los parques estatales? ¡Disfruta de un día de campo, visita un sitio histórico o elige entre muchas otras opciones! Bicicletas Pedalea a lo largo de los parques a cualquier velocidad, en cualquier estilo, con cualquier grupo. Elige las rutas, el tipo de terreno y las distancias que cumplan con tu zona de confort. Caminatas Empieza con un circuito más corto, avanza a terrenos más difíciles o únete a una caminata guiada. Pescar Puedes pescar sin licencia en tantos como 70 parques estatales. Muchos parques ofrecen equipo para pescar a manera de préstamo y eventos especiales para aprender a pescar. Barcos Renta canoas y kayacs y explora uno de los senderos acuáticos en Texas. Nadar Animales Silvestres Acampar Descubre aves, mamíferos y plantas que tienen su hogar en Texas. Muchos parques tienen señalamientos y listados que te ayudan a aprender más. Encuentra un lugar que cumpla con lo que quieres. Prueba nuevas recetas, comparte historias favoritas y disfruta de las estrellas. 2 Más información y reservaciones: parquesdetexas.org Escape del calor en arroyos, ríos, lagos, manantiales, piletas y playas del mar. Tu seguridad en el agua es muy importante. Lleva el chaleco salvavidas. Aprende a nadar. Guarda a los niños. (512) 389-8900 ¡Pregunta en tu parque cuáles están disponibles! Los niños de 12 años y menores entran GRATIS Cielos Estrellados Escapa de las luces de la ciudad y goza de maravillosas vistas del cielo que no encontrarás en ninguna otra parte. Ven a una fiesta de estrellas o toma una excursión de constelaciones auto-guiada. Familias en la Naturaleza Elige un taller o diseña tu propia aventura. ¡Monta una tienda de campaña, cocina al exterior, prende una fogata y juega al exterior! Nosotros te Toma una publicación gratuita de actividades o pregunta por los paquetes gratuitos con los parques proporcionamos todo el equipo. No es necesario tener experiencia. participantes. Usa los binoculares, lupas, libros de bosquejos y libros de guías para explorar el parque. Mochilas para Exploradores Soldados Búfalo de Texas Descubre la historia con cuentos, vestuarios y herramientas. Sigue la pista de un animal, pesca con caña, cocina sobre una fogata, visita los fuertes y más. Adéntrate en las historias de vida de aquellos que sirvieron valientemente en los primeros regimientos Áfrico-Americanos de las Fuerzas Armadas. ! Seguridad en el Parque Ten cuidado con el agua Pr

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