As the heat of a brutal Texas summer is blown away by the first Arctic fronts, vacation opportunities begin to change dramatically. As the seasons change, so do the weather and places to visit. However, one place remains as charming and beautiful as it always is. With an abundance of wildlife, natural beauty, and thankfully for inexperienced crowds, Garner State Park is the perfect location for winter vacations. Here are 5 cool things you can do there this winter.
1. Stay inside
Renting a cozy cabin in the winter isn't always about just having a place to sleep at night after a day's worth of experience. The cabin itself can be used to relax, unwind and spend time with family and friends. Sometimes during an exceptionally cold day, it's best to be in and relax with a fire and watch a good movie or read a nagging book. Garner State Park has single-family cabins and rentals for larger groups or families.
Even in winter, Texas is still beautiful. The cooler temperatures are perfect for spending a day on trails to explore. In this state park there is an abundance of trails to explore and various wildlife to see in the winter. Those with more experience can choose hiking trails that offer more challenging and steep climbs. The Frio Canyon trail is 2.8 miles, and there are also shorter trails such as the Blinn River trail that follows the river and are only 5 miles.
Even in winter, the Frio River is available for fun canoeing. Colder temperatures lend themselves to some safety precautions, but during regular cool Texas winter days, the extra calm and season are perfect for canoeing. Pack a picnic lunch and start in the river at one of many places. Kayak and canoe rentals are available from many different vendors, or bring your own!
Winter time is the quieter time for renting a cabin and / or camping. There are smaller families and the park in general is less crowded. Enjoy some tranquility and relax outside the campfire. Grill, tell stories and make-up. As long as you plan for the weather, the cooler temperatures will be refreshing.
5. Camp outside
Unless a cold front rolls through or there is a great chance of slush, ice or snow, camping is an option all year round in the park. Plan in advance and be sure to bring electric blankets, wood to the fireplace and other necessities to keep you warm at night.
Even in winter, there are many things to do in this Texas state park. Bring your gear and a sense of adventure and escape.