Dean - I found out about this campground in the late '60s having heard a song called "Let's Go to Garner State Park" by Larry Gatlin. This park is a legend in the State of Texas and beyond. I've camped there every year since 1973.
The natural beauty of the park is surpassed only by the friendliness of the park staff, volunteers, and campers who come here year after year, generation after generation. The facilities are well maintained by even the day campers. This park has a history, a tradition, an absolute gift from God above that brings people back. No one ever visits Garner State Park only once. Pecan Grove, Rock Beach, The Dance, The Pavilion, Utopia Bridge, Old Baldy, Crystal Cave, Persimmon Hill, all these names become part of your language after the first visit. Texas Swing was perfected by years and years of Dance participants from every corner of Texas. Couples have met here, fallen in love here, and even been married here. Families have practically been raised here, and no small number of family members have been conceived here, too!
Garner becomes a part of your life from the moment you bathe in the Frio River, enjoy the sun at Rock Beach, make a long tube down to Seven Bluffs. It romances you, it invades your very essence, and only by returning can you be sated. However overblown this might sound, it is true.