Blanco State Park

Blanco State Park is 104.6 acres located along the Blanco River in Blanco County. The land was deeded by private owners in 1933 before the park was opened in 1934.

The park area was used as a campsite by early explorers and settlers. A spring in the park made the location ideal when the river was dry. Original developments were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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 hilly terrain consists of cedar, pecan and other trees. Among the animals seen at the park are nutria, mallard ducks, raccoons, armadillos and squirrels. Fish include perch, catfish and bass. Rainbow trout are stocked at the park in the winter.

Plan on bringing your own food and anything you would like to share. If anyone would like to plan a group meal or picnic, please start a discussion here. Please bring fire wood.

CAMPSITE FEE: $10/person covers both nights, payable with your RSVP.

ENTRANCE FEE: $4/person per day, payable at the park office upon arrival.  There is an extra car fee for more than 2 cars per site.  Let's reduce those vehicle fees by carpooling.

SHOWERS/TOILETS: Hot showers and toilets are available.

KID FRIENDLY: Yes.  Please review the camping with kids policy.

DOG FRIENDLY: Yes. All pets must be kept under the owner's direct control and attached to a person or fixed object at all times by a leash not to exceed six feet in length, and shall not be left unattended or constitute a nuisance. Noisy, vicious, or dangerous animals are not permitted, as determined on site by park staff. Please read our policy on camping with dogs.

BOATING: Yes. The park features one boat ramp.

RV CAMPING: No.

OTHER RULES: Glass containers and fireworks are prohibited.

DIRECTIONS: From Austin: Take 290 West to 281. Go South on 281 to Blanco. Park is on the right (just before the Blanco River bridge). 4 blocks from light.

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  • Garry T.

    We shared a lot of laughs and some great food! Can't wait until next time!

    September 17, 2012

  • Jessica

    We couldn't go swimming because of the weather. The park is geared towards swimming with few other activities. Campsites 13 and 15 are the largest campsites.

    September 16, 2012

  • Mistie

    Had a great time with a great group of people!

    September 16, 2012

  • Mistie

    I have some some match light charcoal in the car

    September 14, 2012

  • Jessica

    No prob

    September 14, 2012

  • Garry T.

    I have something that will probably work. I'm probably 2 hours away though.

    September 14, 2012

  • Jessica

    Can you bring something to start a fire? No burn ban. We have wood and lighters but need kindling

    September 14, 2012

  • Mistie

    Just now leaving lakeway, will b there in an hour.

    September 14, 2012

  • Jessica

    On a dare maybe

    September 14, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      sounds ok for kayaking :)

      September 14, 2012

  • Jessica

    Gross and foaming

    September 14, 2012

  • Jessica

    Sites 15 and 17. Lots of space

    September 14, 2012

  • Garry T.

    I probably won't get there until 8 or 9 tonight. But save me a spot!

    September 14, 2012

  • Mistie

    Me and my dog will be there around 630pm tonight(i hope) if everything goes as planned. :)

    September 14, 2012

  • David

    OK Emily, you have convinced me. Definitely going. Be there about 2.00. Anybody want to car pool with me? Got room for one and a little gear.

    September 14, 2012

  • Donna

    It has rained all day here. I have been tempted to launch my kayak in my backyard. LOL....mostly kidding. If tomorrow's forecast looks similar for Blanco, I will wait until Saturday to venture out.

    September 13, 2012

  • David

    Hi everybody,

    As this is my first meetup i have a couple of questions and comments. I will be bringing a camp kitchen as well. So there will be extra cooking facilities for others to share. I'll make some Thai chicken curry and rice to share.
    Jessica, I will be arriving about here same time as you so would like to go on the brewery tour with you. I am an ex-Brit so we take our beer very seriously (warm, of course)!

    Any musicians in the group ? If so I will bring my guitar. If it looks like it is going to rain a lot, will you cancel? Thanks David

    September 13, 2012

    • Jessica

      David, I don't know of any musicians in the group but feel free to bring your guitar. The campsites are unfundable at this point so the trip is on (rain or shine). I will leave the campsite area around 2:50 to head to the brewery. The actual tour is not dog friendly so I will probably be hanging out in the tasting room... if it's not pouring rain.

      September 13, 2012

  • Howie R.

    I’ve all my gear in a 4 x 6 trailer that opens into a kitchen. Would that qualify as an RV?

    September 10, 2012

    • Howie R.

      How many individual campsites did you reserve?

      September 10, 2012

    • Jessica

      I have 2 sites reserved that are water/electric (no trailer hookups)

      September 11, 2012

  • Mistie

    Just FYI as far as food goes I will probably be bringing stuff to cook for breakfast (eggs, bacon), sandwiches for lunch and hot dogs/burgers for dinner. I will also be bring stuff for smores and will have enough to share.

    September 10, 2012

  • Jessica

    According to the park site, "9/10/12- The park is under a Burn Ban until further notice. Contact the park prior to arrival for most current restrictions. " I will call on Thursday but plan on not having a campfire. I will bring a 2-burner Coleman stove for everyone to share. Please bring your own pot for cooking. Thanks.

    September 10, 2012

    • Mistie

      Aww, that stinks about the ban. I know I went camping at Garner last summer and it was under a bun ban but for some reason they allowed small cooking fires but you had to put them out as soon as you cooked your food...not that you would have wanted a fire last summer anyway since it was so freakin hot!

      September 10, 2012

  • Patricia

    Burn Ban :o(

    September 10, 2012

  • Mistie

    I have never done this group camp, what camping gear do I need to bring besides my tent, firewood a chair and food? I do not want to bring alot of gear if someone else brings it and we can just share. Thanks

    September 10, 2012

    • Jessica

      Hi, I'll bring a 2-burner campstove for everyone to share. You might want to bring a pot to cook in. I need to call about a fireban. You might not need firewood. The site will have electric/water if that makes a difference.

      September 10, 2012

  • Mistie

    I will arrive after I get off work, and I will be bringing my golden retriever Jesse.

    September 10, 2012

  • Jessica

    I'm going to leave Austin between 12 and 1pm. Real Ale Brewery is having tours at 3 and 4 on Friday. I'm going to try to make the 3pm one then hang around for some tastings.

    September 10, 2012

  • Albina

    hey Jessica,
    thank you so much for the party last night! It was fun!
    I have been trying to make reservation for the Blanco State Park event, but somehow it did not let me do it even there is one spot left. Can you please help me to make a reservation?

    August 3, 2012

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