Researching Texas State Parks along our route from Austin to Big Bend National Park and spotted two that look like possible camping stopovers. South Llano River (Texas) State Park (top) is located where the South Llano River flows along the western edge of the “Texas Hill Country with a canopy of oak, pecan and other trees along its banks. The calm water attracts people of all ages….
During migration season hundreds of black and yellow monarch butterflies decorate the trees. The park also attracts flocks of wild turkeys that scurry around like gangs of high school kids with the males fluffing their feathers to full display.” (We love this park. To read posts on our stays at South Llano River State Park, click here.)
Seminole Canyon State Park and Historical Site where the Fate Bell Rockshelter is one of the continent’s oldest cave dwellings.
Between Sept. 1-May 31, the two-mile Fate Bell Rockshelter Tour begins at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is a fairly rigorous hike to a dramatic rock shelter site in a deep, limestone canyon. “The shelter contains 4,000 year-old Pecos River Style pictographs, among the oldest, most colorful and distinctive ancient paintings in all of the Americas.” Tours are subject to cancellation; fee $5 per person ages 8-adult. Camping fees for sites with electric and water hookups: $20 per night; plus $3/person entrance fee. (Updated: 2013 prices)
To read posts on our stays at Seminole Canyon State Park, click here.
Images: (Top) Entrance to South Llano River State Park. (Julianne G. Crane)(Bottom) Seminole Canyon State Park. (Texas State Parks Department)
We stopped tonight at So. Llano River State Park because we had a late departure from Austin … it is a beautiful spot. Turkey roosting time, so lots of wild turkeys and dozens of deer who seem to be able to read signs like “no public access beyond this point” … we’re off to Seminole Canyon and Amistad Nat’l Recreation Area tomorrow.
Julianne, we stayed at Seminole Canyon and did the tour you wrote about — enjoyed it very much. There’s another longer hike down to the bluffs above the Rio Grande that we’ll do next time. Overall, a good stopping point.
Then there’s Judge Roy Bean’s place just up the road in Lantry… if you enjoy eccentric characters of the old west.