Campgrounds Near Montel, Texas

Campgrounds Near Montel, Texas
Montell, Texas, is a small, nearly uninhabited ghost town about 100 miles west of San Antonio, near the Texas Hill Country. The Frio River flows through the region, making for prime opportunities to fish, swim, canoe or kayak, inner tube and birdwatch. Mountain and road biking routes are in the area, and hiking trails along the Frio River provide a means to stretch the legs and enjoy the backcountry. There are limited options for campgrounds in Montell proper, but there are several parks in the surrounding countryside.

Chalk Bluff Park

Chalk Bluff Park is on the banks of the Nueces River, making for easy fishing and canoeing right from the campground. There are sites for tent campers as well as sites for RVs. Tent sites have picnic tables and fire rings. Check with the managers before having open fires for any current bans or restrictions. Pets are allowed.

Showers and toilets are available. Hiking trails along the river are accessed from the park. Birdwatchers have chances to spot numerous native and migratory species along the water's edges.

Chalk Bluff Park
1108 Chalk Bluff Rd
Uvalde, TX
830-278-5515
chalkbluffpark.com

Garner State Park

Garner State Park offers campsites for tenters and RV travelers. Opportunities to fish for crappie, bluegill and bass are found in the park along the banks of the Frio River. Showers and toilets as well as spigots for drinking and cooking water are available. Pets are allowed if leashed.

Birders can try their luck at spotting wild turkey, morning dove, Eastern bluebirds and golden cheeked warblers. Tent sites have picnic tables and fire rings, but before starting a fire, check for current restrictions or bans.

Garner State Park
234 RR 1050
Concan TX 78838
830-232-6132
tpwd.state.tx.us

Big Oak River Campground

The Big Oak River Campground offers site for RV travelers and tenters. Sites have fire pits and grills, picnic tables and trees for shade. Showers, toilets, fresh water and a small camp store are available to patrons. Hiking, swimming, fishing and boating are possible from the campground. Pets are allowed.

The Devil's Sink Hole is a 30-minute drive, and the Sonora Caverns where you can hike and explore caves and underground formations are a 1 1/2-hour drive.

Big Oak River Campground
State Hwy 55
Camp Wood, TX 78833
830-597-5280
bigoakrivercamp.com

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.

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