Garner State Park
Garner State Park is 30 minutes from the heart of Uvalde. Tent camping is available at the park's campground. Tent sites are flat and have picnic tables, fire pits and grills. Fresh water is available for cooking, cleaning and drinking. Bathrooms and showers are at the campground. Pets are allowed but must remain leashed in the park at all times. The Rio Frio flows through the park. Inner tubing, swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking can be done in the park. Hiking trails and routes for mountain biking are also in the park. Birdwatchers can try to spot the Texas state bird, the mockingbird.
Chalk Bluff Park
Chalk Bluff Park is on the banks of the Nueces River. Desert exploration and river activities are possible from Chalk Bluffs. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking opportunities along the Nueces River can be accessed from the campground. Birdwatchers in Chalk Bluff can view shore birds and songbirds.
Chalk Bluff campsites have picnic tables and fire pits. Bathrooms and showers are on the premises and fresh water taps are accessible, allowing for drinking, cooking and cleaning water at tent sites. . Pets are allowed and there are organized hayrides. Bicycle, inner tube and peddle boat rentals are available at the campground.
Camp River View
Camp River View is on the Rio Frio outside Concan, 30 minutes from Uvalde. Kayaking, fishing, inner tubing, swimming and birdwatching opportunities are available from Camp River View. Sites are available for tents and RVs, and the campground has 2,800 feet of riverfront access. Picnicking facilities, fire pits, grills, bathrooms and showers are available. Pets are allowed. Birdwatchers can try spotting songbirds along the river's edge. The Hill Country Nature Center is within an hour's drive. Nature trails, interpretive walks and kayak tours can be arranged at the center.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.