Caswell Nature Trail

Blanco, Texas

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blanco
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best in Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: 1,000 feet
Local Contacts: Blanco State Park
Local Maps: USGS Blanco
Driving Directions: Directions to Caswell Nature Trail

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May 2018