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The Lakes and Hills of the Highland Lakes, in the heart of the Central Texas Hill Country, is the ideal destination for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime.  Adventure, recreation, fun in the sun and hill country hospitality await you in every Highland Lakes community.   We invite you to come enjoy Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, the Colorado River, the Llano River, hundreds of things to do, places to shop, eat and sleep.   With over 1,800 square miles of lakes and hills, the Highland Lakes region is one of the largest playgrounds in Texas.

STATE AND NATIONAL PARKS IN THE HIGHLAND LAKES REGION OF CENTRAL TEXAS

 

BLANCO STATE PARK

Blanco State Park

 

Blanco State Park

 

 

 

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.

History: 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 (CCC).

Activities: Activities include camping; swimming; picnicking; hiking; nature study; boating (electric motors only); and fishing. Annual Events: Easter Sunrise Service; Blanco Classic Car Show - 3rd Saturday in May. Link to information on the Friends of Blanco SP.

Tours: Contact the park for events/tours.

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.
Link to park facility, camping and fee information.
Link to park facility map In PDF format

Flora/Fauna: Hilly terrain consists of cedar, pecan, and other trees.  Wildlife Observation and Photography: nutria, mallard duck, raccoon, armadillo, and squirrel. Fish include winter rainbow trout, perch, catfish, and bass.

Elevation , Weather, and Schedule Information: Elevation: 1350 Weather: January average low 46.2 degrees; July average high 85.9 degrees; first/last freeze: November 6/ March 29. Open: 7 days a week year-round. There is no gate.

Area Attractions: Nearby attractions include Lyndon B. Johnson State Historic Site and LBJ Ranch; located less than 30 miles away, Pedernales Falls and Guadalupe River State Parks 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 parks.


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Blanco State Park

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.

Camping fees vary; entrance fee. For reservations call 512/389-8900. Current conditions including fire bans and water levels can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

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