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Which State Park is This?

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This rural Texas State Park is a gem, but where is it?  From the hills in the background, it looks like somewhere in the western part of the Hill Country.  I’ll give you another hint: a river runs through it.  Need more clues?  It has 18 miles of trails and covers 2,600 acres.

Playing in the South Llano River

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Photo: Facebook/South Llano River State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife

This spot is popular for children and adults; the river isn’t deep, but it is clear and cool. Tubers put in here and float down to a take-out several hundred yards downstream. There is also a kayak trail leaving this point for two destinations down river.

Rio Grande Turkeys abound, as well as many other birds.

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Photo: Flickr/U.S. Department of Agriculture

A large population of these wild birds lives in the park and are easily seen. The roosting area is closed for part of the day during winter breeding time. There are four bird blinds in the park built and maintained by the Friends, and many people come just for the opportunity to see rare and spectacular birds such as the Painted Bunting.

A Sweet Spot to camp

South Llano River Camping

Photo: Robert C Deming

The campground has 55 RV/Tent camping sites, peaceful places to while away time, enjoy camp cooking, campfires, and card games by lantern light.

The old ranch house is now Park Headquarters.

South Llano River HQ

Photo: Robert C Deming

As with many other parks, this was once a ranch, donated to Texas Parks and Wildlife in 1977.  This is where you will purchase the entrance permit ($5 per person) to put on your windshield, and where the helpful and friendly staff will tell you about the wonderful place they work. There are plans to build a new interpretive center nearby to better tell the story of the wonders of the park.

This river flows year round and is one of the best places to float in Texas.

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Photo: Facebook/South Llano River State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife

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