Blanco State Park
On the Banks of the Blanco
Come for a picnic, afternoon swim, fishing trip or a weekend campout on the banks of the spring-fed Blanco River. We’re just an hour from Austin and San Antonio.
Things to Do
This small park hugs a one-mile stretch of the river. On the water, you can swim, fish, paddle or boat. On land, you can picnic, hike, camp, watch for wildlife, and geocache. Reserve the CCC-built picnic pavilion or picnic area for your next group gathering.
Be safe in the water! Read through our Water Safety Tips before your visit.
Anglers fish for largemouth and Guadalupe bass, channel catfish, sunfish and rainbow trout. TPWD stocks the river with trout in the winter. You do not need a license to fish from shore within the park.
- Borrow fishing rods and reels at headquarters to use in the park.
- Fishing Tip Sheet
- Winter Trout Stocking Schedule
Swim anywhere along the river. Small children will enjoy the shallow wading pool next to Falls Dam. Rent tubes at the park store from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; return tubes by 4 p.m.
Bring your canoe, kayak or boat (electric motors only). Or rent a canoe at the park store to use in the park. Rental hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; return canoes by 4 p.m.
Choose from full hookup sites or sites with water and electricity. Or reserve a screened shelter overlooking the river.
The park store sells clothes, gifts, souvenirs, field guides and more.
We offer programs on the history and nature of the park. Contact the park to schedule a program for your group. Learn more:
Become a Junior Ranger!
- Borrow an explorer pack, loaded with tools for exploring the park.
- Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal. Complete tasks to earn a badge.
Call the park to schedule a field trip.
- This park is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.
- The Junior Ranger Activity Journal is TEKS-aligned.
Civilian Conservation Corps
The CCC built the picnic pavilion with its stone walks and stairs to the river. CCC boys also built picnic tables and benches, stone dams and bridges, all during an 11-month period in 1933 and 1934. Learn more on our History page.
Take the short drive north to Johnson City, home of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Explore the Sauer-Beckmann living history farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site. Scientists of all ages will enjoy the Hill Country Science Mill.