Garner State Park

Leakey, Texas

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This 1,420-acre park is one of the most attractive but also one of the busiest in the state. Park recreational activities include hiking, cycling, fishing, swimming, canoeing, tubing, pedal boating, and miniature golf; do not bird here on weekends or holidays. The Frio River, a crystal clear, spring-fed river, crowded with a gallery woodland of bald cypress trees, winds through hills dominated by juniper-hackberry woodlands, where the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler occurs during the nesting season. Key birds: Wood Duck; Wild Turkey; Greater Roadrunner; Green Kingfisher; Golden-fronted Woodpecker; Ladder-backed Woodpecker; Black Phoebe; Western Scrub-Jay; Common Raven; Cactus, Rock, and Canyon Wrens; Pyrrhuloxia; Canyon Towhee; Rufous-crowned Sparrow; and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Common Poorwill, Chuck-will’s-widow, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, Goldencheeked Warbler, Summer Tanager, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, Bronzed Cowbird, and Hooded and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Golden-crowned Kinglet and Pine Siskin.

Garner State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This 1,420-acre park is one of the most attractive but also one of the busiest in the state. Park recreational activities include hiking, cycling, fishing, swimming, canoeing, tubing, pedal boating, and miniature golf; do not bird here on weekends or holidays. The Frio River, a crystal clear, spring-fed river, crowded with a gallery woodland of bald cypress trees, winds through hills dominated by juniper-hackberry woodlands, where the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler occurs during the nesting season.

Key birds: Wood Duck; Wild Turkey; Greater Roadrunner; Green Kingfisher; Golden-fronted Woodpecker; Ladder-backed Woodpecker; Black Phoebe; Western Scrub-Jay; Common Raven; Cactus, Rock, and Canyon Wrens; Pyrrhuloxia; Canyon Towhee; Rufous-crowned Sparrow; and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Common Poorwill, Chuck-will’s-widow, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, Goldencheeked Warbler, Summer Tanager, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, Bronzed Cowbird, and Hooded and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Golden-crowned Kinglet and Pine Siskin."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Leakey
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities
Local Contacts: Garner State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Garner State Park

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May 2018