I admit: The first time I ever visited Blanco, TX was because of beer. While it’s definitely the home of Real Ale Brewing Company, Blanco also has one other gem: Blanco State Park.
Nestled along the Blanco river this state park isn’t really that big, but the waterway provides more than enough fun for the heat of summer. That was the main purpose of my first visit there. After visiting the LBJ State Park not too far away, my family wanted to cool off somewhere before heading home.
After grabbing some lunch at the Red Bud Cafe (this isn’t a food site, but go check it out, so good!) we moseyed on over to the state park only to find out it was closed. I felt really uncomfortable about now being able to pay to enjoy the open park that I paid for the entrance fee on my phone before settling into our parking spot.
Families from around the area had their grills going and their chairs in the shade as everyone was splashing around in the clear, cool waters. Cypress trees lining the banks, and one of the highlights: the pool.
With 29 campsites available at this state park there are size options from tents to RVs. That being said, as this is a small state park some sites do feel a little close together. If you’re looking to be outside and away from people, this may not be the state park you want. If you like to socialize with your neighbors then this has some great community-feel sites.
There are 12 basic sites with electricity, there are 9 full hook-up campsites with water, sewer, and 30-amp electric. And 8 premium full hook-up sites feature the full hook-up sites, but also include a 50-amp electric plug.
All of the sites are relatively close to the river, so that’s a definite plus. And if you’re like me and enjoy a great shower, that is located by sites 11 and 13. Check out the full facility map here.
There are two trails.
The Pumphouse trail is .3 miles, and the Caswell Nature Trail (1.3 mi.). Realistically these are really just sections you can walk by the river. While the views are lovely, I don’t really know how much more to say about that.
While walking around you’ll see a bit of history with the CCC dam at one edge of the park, and a scenic view on the other end, so just go and kick back by the water. This is definitely more of a lounge state park to relax. And keep in mind that during the summer this is a great watering hole for the locals that will be out for sure.