Thursday, March 3, 2011

Blanco State Park -- February 23 - 25, 2011

Blanco State Park is a gem.

Blanco State Park is 104.6 acres, along the Blanco River, in Blanco County. Activities include camping; swimming; picnicking; hiking; nature study; boating (electric motors only); and fishing. Tube, canoe and kayak rentals are available at the park.

The focal point of the park is the Blanco River. Although the park was relatively quiet, especially at night, during our stay, I would imagine that it is crowded during summer months as people take advantage of the river to cool off.

The park more or less hugs both sides of the river, with the exception of the headquarters and the camping areas. Located on Highway 281, it is an easy overnight stop for RVers who are seeking a site along the road. A low-water crossing connects the north and south areas of the park, and the camp sites are located on high ground on the south bank of the river. See map park for details.


Low-water crossing over the Blanco River. Camp ground located top-center.
Full hookups are available in the park, and sites are level. We stayed in camp site #10 and were very happy with it. Plenty of shade is available, and at the time we stayed there, the picnic tables had been renovated and all had covers. My only complaint would be that the sites were a bit closer together than what we are accustomed to in state parks. WiFi is also available.

Camp site #10 at Blanco State Park

The park is located within the city limits, so shopping and dining were very convenient. In fact, there is a walking trail at the east end of the park (on the north bank) that connects the park to downtown Blanco.


Downtown Blanco. The old courthouse now serves as a visitor center. Johnson City is now the county seat of Blanco County. Picture taken from trail that connects downtown to the park.

There are 2 or 3 places to dine downtown. We stopped in one day at a restaurant on the north side of the square -- I believe it is called Real Foods Market and Cafe -- and had a nice meal. Donna tried the fish tacos, which she really enjoyed, while I sampled the Reuben sandwich, which was excellent. We topped the meal off with a pint of Brewhouse Brown Ale from the local Real Ale Brewing Company.

We spent our time walking throughout the park, and Donna did a bit of fishing.

Donna fishing in the west end of the park.

We were surprised by the number of people fishing along the river. Obviously, most come from Blanco and the surrounding area, though a few RVers had their poles.

Man seining for minnows along dam in east end of park.

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