Trails Information

Explore beyond the Blanco River and gain a new perspective on its stunning blue-green waters.

Drawing of belted kingfisher perched on a branchTake a short hike and experience a different side of Blanco State Park. The riparian habitat along the river is home to plants, animals, and millions of years of history beneath your feet.


Trail Distance Difficulty Description
Pumphouse Trail .3 mi.
(round trip)
Easy Take your family on a short and easy hike on this level interpretive trail. Keep your eyes and ears open for birds and turtles as you overlook the Blanco River.
Caswell Nature Trail .8 mi.
(round trip)
Easy Explore a riverside forest on this rocky hike. You’ll also get a unique view of a Civilian Conservation Corps dam, constructed in the 1930s.
List of Trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude 360° Views Description
CCC Dam 30.0948° -98.4196° View of the CCC Dam  Hike to get a view of this historic structure that most visitors don't see.
The Falls 30.0910° -98.4248° View of the Falls Cool off after your hike at one of the most popular places in the park. 
Caswell Nature Trail 30.0906° -98.4240° View along the Caswell Nature Trail Look for birds, snakes and small mammals on this trail.
CCC Picnic Pavilion 30.0900° -98.4247° View inside the CCC Picnic Pavilion The centerpiece of the park, the pavilion was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
Scenic View 30.0921° -98.4288° View from the viewing platform Take in the stunning blue-green Blanco River from this spot.
List of Points of Interest

Staying safe

  • Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen,
    insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes.
  • Drink plenty of water. Your body quickly loses fluids when
    you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity.
  • Tell others where you'll be. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Wear a helmet when biking. Check with park HQ to match the ride to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.
  • Potentially harmful plants and animals live here. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on trails.
  • Weather changes quickly. Check forecasts before you leave and prepare for unexpected changes in the weather.

Trail etiquette

  • Trash your trash. Keep the park natural. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace.
  • Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick and more likely to harm people.
  • Don’t Pocket The Past. Help preserve Texas heritage. Leave artifacts where you find them and report their location to a ranger.
  • Take only memories and pictures. Disturbing or removing any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts is a violation of state law.
  • Keep pets on leashes for their safety, and to protect wildlife.
  • We need to know about your caches. Please check with park HQ before placing geocaches within the park.