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Park Pick: Garner State Park
A grainy old family movie shows my 4-year-old self standing on the dam at Garner State Park, falling backward on purpose into the clear, refreshing water. Over and over and over.
That was the first of my many trips to the park, famous for the Frio River, Old Baldy and summer jukebox dances. I started bringing my own children here early on, and we shared many a long, lazy float down the river. In those clear, cool, mostly shady and shallow waters beats the literal and figurative heart of Garner.
Hike Pick: Davis Mountains State Park
Are you ready to leave civilization behind for a short while? Take a deep breath of mountain air and set out for the rugged experience of the Indian Lodge Trail. Explore this 1.75-mile trail at Davis Mountains State Park.
Starting behind the Indian Lodge, climb switchbacks between stunning sheer cliffs of ancient lava. At the top, reward yourself with views of the Davis Mountains’ spectacular peaks.
The trail gently rolls east across the ridge with Keesey Canyon to the south and Limpia Canyon to the north. Descend through a rocky oak grassland into sotol and yucca fields before reentering the 21st century at the campground.
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