South Llano (Texas) State Park for the umpteenth time


+SoLlanoTX-HQTRS_JulianneGCrane We have camped at the South Llano River State Park on the western edge of the Texas Hill Country more times than I can readily remember–it’s either 5, 6 or 7 times.

Another time we were planning on stopping but the campground was closed because of a public deer hunt.

This time we slipped in between two hunt weeks. It is always good to check ahead (click here), especially if you are heading west on I-10. The public campgrounds are pretty thin on the ground in west Texas. The next state park after South Llano is about 260 miles — Balmorhea State Park.

+SoLlanoTX-campsite31_JulianneGCrane South Llano is a destination park for us… about 5 miles off the busy Interstate, wildlife everywhere (turkeys, deer, armadillos and birds abound), hot showers and lots to do.

In addition to camping, family activities include canoeing, tubing, swimming, fishing (no permit needed within park boundaries), hiking, trail and road biking, bird-watching, and nature study. The park has approximately 18 miles of trails and several miles of paved roads.

+JimmySmith_bicycle_JulianneGCraneThe only downside to us, is the near non-existent cell and wifi reception. It is spotty at best. We bicycled a couple of miles to a clearing next to the river and close to U.S. Hwy 377 where we captured two bars on our Verizon phones.

The park is open year-round (with the exception of public hunts). The Turkey Roost area of the park is also open year-round, with restricted hours from Oct. 1 – March 31 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

There are 58 campsites with water and electricity ($20), six walk-in tent sites ($15), and five hike-in primitive campsites ($8). Plus $5 /adult daily entry fee.

Texas State Parks Pass
We always purchase an annual park pass, even though we usually just stay for one or two months. It pays for itself quickly.  For $70 a year, a pass holder and guests have unlimited visits to more than 90 state parks, without paying the daily entrance fee. There are also discounts on camping, park store merchandise, and equipment rental.

+9BandedArmaillo_JulianneGCraneIf you go:

South Llano River State Park
1927 Park Road 73
Junction, TX 76849
(325) 446-3994

Make reservations online click here.
Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Latitude: 30.446816
Longitude: -99.805268
Elevation: 1,710 feet

For previous posts on South Llano River State Park, click here.

Julianne G. Crane

Photos (click on images to enlarge): (Top) South Llano River State Park headquarters where you pay your fees.  Very helpful rangers. (Next) Our campsite #31 on the perimeter of the campground. (Next) Jimmy checking out the South Llano River. This is spot where we could use our Verizon cell phones and fish at the same time. (Bottom) “Nine-banded Armadillo is a cat-sized, armored, insect-eating mammal. Similar in form to an anteater, the bony, scaled shell of the armadillo protects it from attacks by predators.” Unfortunately, armadillos are slow moving and often fall victim to automobiles and are frequently found dead on roadsides. (Photos by Julianne G. Crane)

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