Texas’ South Llano River State Park in early autumn

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South Llano River State Park sits near a crossroads in central Texas, just south of I-10 near Junction, which is the main reason why this is the fourth time Jimmy and I have stopped here in as many annual treks to this part of the country.

SoLlanoSP_site43_JulianneGCraneThe decision for pulling in here may be pragmatic, however, this has become one of our favorite Texas State Parks.

Since we last camped here in Feb. 2012, the rules around human access to the Turkey Roosting Area have changed.

Previously, between Oct. 1 and April l, there was no access to a lush bottom section of the 2,640-acre park.  Now visitors can explore the area between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This was the first time we were able to hike through this enchanting acreage of the park that includes two miles along the meandering river. We couldn’t believe the wildlife, especially the high number of white-tailed deer. To help manage the deer population, one ranger told us that the park participates in the annual public deer hunt. (click here for further information)

Visitors have reported squirrels, jackrabbits, javelinas, foxes, beavers, bobcats, cottontails and armadillos. Several exotic species such as axis deer, black buck antelope, and fallow deer have also been spotted in the park. In addition you may see more than 200 species of birds including wood ducks, green kingfishers, great blue herons, mallards, red-headed woodpeckers and northern cardinals.

Another huge plus for out-of-state Winter Texans is that all park visitors can fish the South Llano River within the park limits without a state fishing permit.

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

Latitude: 30.446816
Longitude: -99.805268

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

Julianne G. Crane

Photos: (Top) South Llano River in early evening near a popular swimming area. (Middle) Camp site #43 adjacent to the trail head to a wildlife viewing blind and Buck Lake. (Bottom) Park headquarters located in the historic Walter Buck homestead, a restored home site, circa the late 1800s. (Julianne G. Crane) 

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