Monday, October 31, 2016

Blanco State Park: November 2016

Donna and I are at Blanco State Park, on the banks of the Blanco River in the city of Blanco in the county of Blanco, Texas. Yep, everything is blanco here.

We're in site #9 on this trip. Lots of trees with autumn leaves all over the ground.
Blanco SP has been one of our "go to" parks over the years. To be honest, I think I like it more than Donna does. This little park has a lot going for it.

First and foremost, it has full hookups, which is always a plus in my book. The WiFi has always worked for me as well, and that is another plus. There are good trees for shade in the summer, and the entire setting along the river is very attractive. The park isn't large; in fact, there are only 17 full hookup sites (a mix of 30 and 50 amp) and an additional 12 water and electric sites. During peak times, it can be difficult to find a vacancy. One of the perks of retirement is that we can travel at off times.

I've always found the park to be well maintained. The hosts/volunteers here really do a fine job of keeping the restrooms/showers clean and the grass mowed, among other things.

During summer months, the park can get busy, especially around the swimming area, the low-water crossing, and the north side of the river. It is a favorite place for families to swim and fish when that Texas heat bears down. The area on the south side of the river usually remains calmer, as this is the camping area.

Donna often fishes while she is here, but she has never had much luck.

One thing I really like about the park is that it is actually in the city limits of Blanco. Gasoline, groceries, and eateries are just outside the park entrance. In fact, there is a walking trail that connects the park to the downtown area, so it is an easy walk to the town square.

The park also serves as a good jumping off place to a number of nearby areas. Over the years, we have enjoyed a number of daytrips from this little park: all the LBJ sites in Johnson City and Stonewall, hikes at nearby state parks, shopping trips to the outlet malls in San Marcos, visits to the unique little village of Wimberly, and various dining trips to area eateries, to name a few.

Below are links to past stays in the park:

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