Caswell Nature Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Caswell Nature Trail is named for Ira and Vivian Caswell, a local Blanco couple who rescued Blanco State Park from an era of poor government funding in the 1960s. The park opened to the public in the 1930s, but visitation and maintenance proceeded to decline significantly by the ’60s. In an effort to keep the park from reverting back to its original owner, Ira Caswell agreed to manage the park for a small salary of $210 per month. Caswell then employed a hired hand, paying him the $210, and together they set about making repairs to the park’s infrastructure.
Within two years, visitation had increased so significantly that any talk of closing the park (as discussed during Governor John Connally’s administration) ended, and this tiny 104-acre park is just as popular today, overflowing with visitors in the summer months. Hence the best chance to spot wildlife along the trail is on early mornings or winter weekdays."