Once the heat from a brutal Texas summer is blown away by the first arctic fronts, the vacation options begin to change dramatically. As the seasons change, so does the weather and locations that are best to visit. However, one place stays just as charming and beautiful as it always is. With an abundance of wild life, natural beauty, and fortunately for adventurers-less crowds of people, Garner State Park is the perfect winter getaway location. Here are 5 cool things you can do there this winter.
1. Stay inside
Renting a cozy cabin in the winter isn’t always about simply having a place to sleep at night after a day’s worth of adventuring. The cabin itself can be used to relax, unwind, and spend time with family and friends. Sometimes during an exceptionally cold day it is best to stay in and relax with a fire watching a good movie or reading a riveting book. Garner state park has single family cabins and larger group or family cabin rentals available.
Even during the winter time, Texas is still beautiful. The cooler temperatures are perfect for spending a day on the trails exploring. At this state park, there is an abundance of trails to explore and differing wildlife to view during the wintertime. Those with more experience 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 Blinn River trail that follow the river and are only.5 miles.
Even during the winter, the Frio river is available for a fun canoeing trip. Colder temperatures lend themselves to some safety precautions, but during regular cool Texas winter days, the extra peace and quiet 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!
Winter time is the quieter time for renting a cabin and/or camping. There are less families and the park overall is less crowded. Enjoy some peace and quiet and relax outside by the fire. Barbeque, tell stories, and make up some smores. As long as you plan ahead for severe weather, the cooler temperatures will be refreshing.
5. Camp outside
Unless a cold front is rolling 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.
Even during the winter, there are plenty of things to do at this Texas state park. Bring your gear and a sense of adventure and escape.