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Blanco State Park
Escape to the Texas Hill Country and spend a day at Blanco State Park. Blanco State Park is the perfect day trip during the summer months where you can enjoy swimming and fishing along the Blanco River. Blanco State Park is actually a fairly small state park but if you live in the area it’s definitely worth checking out.
Blanco State Park is about 1 hour away from both Austin and San Antonio; making it the perfect little day trip! On your way into Blanco be sure to stop by Old 300 BBQ for a to go order and then enjoy your BBQ picnic at Blanco State Park. You can’t beat a BBQ picnic along the river!
Swimming at Blanco State Park
Swimming is the main reason to come to Blanco State Park! The water feels refreshing in that Texas heat; perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. You can swim in the main area along the dam or you can find your own secluded spot up river.
Fishing at Blanco State Park
As y’all know I’m not really a “fisher” but I saw lots of people fishing along the river. Apparently you can fish for largemouth bass, guadalupe bass, channel catfish, sunfish, and rainbow trout. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stocks the river with trout every winter, check out the schedule here for more info. And if you left your fishing gear at home, then you can always check some out at the park headquarters.
Kayaking the Blanco River
You can kayak the Blanco River at the park, however, you can’t kayak very far without pulling out for a dam. There’s a dam upriver at the edge of the park and then there’s a second dam around the swimming area. So you can easily kayak around the river in the park but this isn’t really the destination if you were hoping to kayak for miles upriver.
Hiking at Blanco State Park
There really isn’t any hiking at Blanco State Park. Remember it’s a fairly small state park, probably the smallest state park I’ve ever been too. There’s one trail along the river if you want to get your steps in but hiking just isn’t one of the main attractions here.
Camping and Cabins
The best cabins at Blanco State Park are definitely cabins 41 and 42. They’re close to the water, have AC, and are somewhat separated from the other cabins/campsites.
The regular campsites are pretty close together, I mean they’re packed in together like sardines. I’m not sure I’d even recommend camping at the regular campsites, I just don’t enjoy camping so close together. But if you’re set on camping at Blanco State Park then I recommend sites 13 and 19.