Once the heat from a harsh, hot, and humid Texan summer is blown away by the first Arctic fronts, the holiday options begin to change with the tide.
However, the COVID0-19 Pandemic has changed the tourism industry as we know it. So, let’s explore a park where humans are naturally following social distancing, which could be a perfect fit for your winter holidays.
Garner State Park
Garner State Park is a state park in the town of Concan, Texas located in Uvalde County, Texas in the United States. Garner State Park, in the Texas Hill Country, is the most attractive state park in Texas for overnight camping. It often fills by noon in peak parts of the season. The park is popular with campers and citizens for its activities on the Frio River and the dances held nightly during the spring and summer.
Here are 4 cool things you can do there this winter.
1. Stay In
Chartering a cozy cabin in the winter isn’t always about just having a place to sleep at night after a day’s worth of adventuring. The cabin itself can be used to unwind, relax, and spend time with family and friends. Sometimes during an unusually cold day, it is best to stay in and relax with a fire exploring Netflix or reading a gripping book. Garner state park has single-family cabins and a larger group or family cabin rentals available. Don’t forget to sanitize your cabin before entering. The pandemic era demands attention.
Even during the wintertime, Texas is still impressive. The cooler temperatures are ideal for spending a day on the trails traversing. At this state park, there is an excess of trails to explore and different wildlife to view during the wintertime. Those with more expertise can choose hiking trails that offer more challenging and steep inclines. Frio Canyon trail is 2.8 miles and there are also shorter trails like the Blinn River trail that runs parallel to the river and is only.5 miles. Again, don’t forget to maintain social distance.
Even during the winter, the Frio River is available for an adventurous canoeing trip. Colder temperatures allow themselves to some safety precautions, but during normal Cool Texas winter days, the additional peace of the season is perfect for a canoeing adventure. Pack a picnic lunch and launch into the river at one of many locations. Kayak and Canoe rentals are available from many different vendors, or bring your own!
Unless a cold front is driving through or there is a strong chance of sleet, ice, or snow, camping is an option year-round at the park. Plan ahead of time and make sure to bring electric blankets, wood for a fire, and any other necessities to stay warm in the dead of night.
Again remember, safety is necessary. Remember to take your masks whenever you are going out.