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Welcome to
Blanco State Park

Blanco State Park is a 529.4-acre on the Blanco River south of Blanco, Texas.  It features camping, picnicking, screened shelters, swimming, and tubing.  The park is hilly with mostly cedar, and pecan trees. Among the animals seen at the park are nutria, mallards, raccoon, armadillo and squirrel.

Much of the early development of the park was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s including a group picnic pavilion.


Phone
: 830/833-4333

GPS: 30.09047, -98.42430

Elevation: 1,350 feet


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History:
Blanco State Park is 104.6 acres, along the Blanco River, in Blanco County. The land was deeded by private owners in 1933 before the park was opened in 1934.

The park area was used as a campsite by early explorers and settlers.  A spring in the park made the location ideal when the river was dry.  Original developments were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.)

Activities:
Activities include camping; swimming; picnicking; hiking; nature study; boating (electric motors only); and fishing.  Tube, canoe and kayak rentals are available at the park. Annual Events: Blanco Classic Car Show - 3rd Saturday in May.

Area Attractions:
Nearby attractions include Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site (located less than 30 miles away), Pedernales Falls State Park, Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area. Also nearby are Canyon Lake, Cascade Caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns, and Aquarena Springs. You may want to refer to nearby Lower Colorado River Authority parks.

Facilities:
Facilities include restrooms with and without showers; campsites with water and electricity; campsites with water, electricity, and sewer; screened shelters ; a group picnic area ("Long Tables"); a group picnic pavilion built by the C.C.C; a sanitary dump station; group, day-use facilities; playgrounds; and a Texas State Park Store. Ira Caswell Nature Trail, a 3/4-mile loop trail, is for hiking or nature study; a self-guided booklet will be available for a small fee at the Texas State Park Store.

Natural Features:
The hilly terrain consists of cedar, pecan, and other trees.  Among the animals seen at the park are nutria, mallard duck, raccoon, armadillo, and squirrel. Fish include perch, catfish, and bass.  Rainbow trout are stocked at the park in the winter, read the winter trout stocking schedule for dates.

Directions:
The park is located on the south side of Blanco, 40 miles north of San Antonio on US Highway 281; turn on Park Road 23 or 48 miles west of Austin on US Highway 290 to US Highway 281, then south on Park Road 23.  The park is only 4 blocks south of the town square.

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