Blanco State Park

Take a cooling dip or leisurely float trip in the spring-fed Blanco River.

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. Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map.

Be safe in the water! Read through our Water Safety Tips before your visit.

Fishing

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.

Swimming

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.

Boating

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.

Camping

Choose from full hookup sites or sites with water and electricity. Or reserve a screened shelter overlooking the river.

Shopping

The park store sells clothes, gifts, souvenirs, field guides and more.

Volunteering

We need your help! Visit the Volunteer page, ask at headquarters, or contact the Friends of Blanco State Park.

Ranger Programs

We offer programs on the history and nature of the park. Contact the park to schedule a program for your group. Learn more:

Kids

Become a Junior Ranger!

Teachers

Call the park to schedule a field trip.

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.    

Area Attractions

The park is in easy driving distance of Austin and San Antonio. Several small towns nearby, including Blanco, have restaurants, museums and shopping.

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.

101 Park Road 23
Blanco, TX 78606

Latitude: 30.093082

Longitude: -98.423845

(830) 833-4333

If using GPS, try entering "29 Main Street."
Blanco, TX 78606
Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
  • School - Sponsored Group: Contact the Park
Hours

Open daily.

Climate

January average low is 46 degrees. July average high is 86 degrees. First freeze occurs early November. Last freeze occurs late March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

1,350 feet

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