Let's revisit Government Canyon. If you missed it in February, here's your chance! Even if you have been here before, there are plenty of trail choices to keep it interesting.
Car pooling is great because it saves gas, provides warming camaraderie, and keeps you from falling asleep on the way home.
Let's meet at the Park Headquarters/Visitor Center. RAIN OR SHINE. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen or hat, hiking boots, camera, etc. Sorry, no pets, unless you want to stay in the small Frontcountry. We will be hiking the Backcountry.
The park features approximately 40 miles of trails and is divided into two sections, the "front country" and "back country". The front country is devoted to the savannah restoration area, featuring two loop trails. For the more hearty hiker, the backcountry trails are moderately strenuous with never level, rocky pathways. Wear GOOD hiking boots because the terrain is punishing on the feet after a while. The parkland is gorgeous, with many views of the protected hills and valleys beyond.
Day use only. Access to all Backcountry trails is closed at 4PM, access to all Frontcountry trails is closed at 5PM. The Protected Habitat Area trails are currently closed. All other trails are open. All pets and horses are restricted to the Frontcountry trails. More information and trail maps located at http://www.tpwd.state... (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/government_canyon/)
$6 per day, per person 13 and older, staying for day use only.
Children 12 and under (free)
Special entrance rates for holders of:
Texas State Parks Pass
Youth Group Annual Entrance Permit
Texas Parklands Passport (Bluebonnet Pass)
From the intersection of Loop 1604 and Culebra Road (also known as FM 471 - back road to Castroville), travel west 3.5 miles to Galm Road. Turn north (right) on Galm and travel 1.6 miles; gate with signs on the left.