South Llano River State Park

The route headed west out of San Antonio is a bit difficult to plan out.  It contains a lot of vast open stretches with distances between waypoints further than the 3-4 hours max we prefer to go on a given day.  We chose the Junction area as a easy first-day drive only being a couple of hours away.  The South Llano River State Park looked interesting so we headed there.  It turned out to be just the kind of small out of the way state park we’ve come to really enjoy.  This park is just a few miles off I-10, has a river (obviously) but also a large amount of land where they do wildlife management, and it’s also nestled into the Texas Hills so has some nice vistas.

Some highlights of this stop:

  • We had a slight mishap in getting to the park. The GPS route wasn’t correct, we mistakenly followed it even though there were no State Park signs, and a sign placed to warn GPS-followers that this route was wrong had been moved due to construction.  We stopped about a mile down a tight gravel road, called, got the correct route, made the turn and got back out.  So much for our fresh clean truck and trailer.
  • After setting up the kids and I walked to a bird blind where a Ranger had just placed some feed out.  We watched the birds for about an hour with the Ranger helping us identify about a dozen different species. Some of the park’s wild turkey population came out as well.
  • On the walk back we spotted deer (too fast for pics), a jackrabbit, and our first live armadillo.
  • Data and I then continued on to a scenic overlook.
  • Miranda wanted to show me “something awesome” -  which turned out to be a birdsnest with a side-entrance.
  • I walked around the campground at dusk and saw more deer feeding - but hadn’t returned the SD card to the camera so again, the deer escaped photos.
  • In the AM we got a decently-early start at about 8:30 AM - with a longer drive planned.
The backroad turn-around

The backroad turn-around

The sign was flipped the wrong way!

The sign was flipped the wrong way!

The kids in a bird blind

The kids in a bird blind

Cardinal with red beak

Cardinal with red beak

Squirrel gets a drink

Squirrel gets a drink

The park has hundreds of wild turkeys

The park has hundreds of wild turkeys

A jackrabbit - wish I had caught his ears up.

A jackrabbit - wish I had caught his ears up.

Data at the scenic overlook

Data at the scenic overlook

Boyink at the scenic overlook

Boyink at the scenic overlook

It is, of course, Texas

It is, of course, Texas

Data hiking in the brush and scrub

Data hiking in the brush and scrub

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3 Comments South Llano River State Park

  1. Picture of BrentBrentFebruary 22, 2011

    Awesome! Happy that you guys stopped at this park. We were there for two nights and weren’t really ready to leave but had a reservation at Big Bend to keep. Glad you found it as well

  2. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkFebruary 22, 2011

    We could have stayed longer as well - and done some of the biking trails, etc.  But we wanted to try the spring-fed pool at Belmorhea (it was recommended by another family), and then onto Carlsbad Caverns.  We’re a bit pushed to get to Phoenix for our next class - between the Atlanta fun and schedule with visiting my Mom we are now moving faster than I’d like.  Hope to slow down a bit after Phoenix.

  3. Picture of MsBoyinkMsBoyinkFebruary 22, 2011

    Just for the record: MsBoyink did not participate in the bird watching and hiking only because she was sick (and taking a much needed nap). I really would have liked to enjoy the outdoors at this park. I did get to listen to the bird symphony when I awoke in the morning.

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