Blanco State Park

0.75 Mile
42 Feet
2stars (2.40)5
1star (1.00)
1star (1.30)
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After crossing the river take the next left to get to the parking area at the trail head. Blanco State Park is not very large so feel free to park at just about any public space, including those around the CCC pavilion and you won't have very far to walk to get to the trail.

The turnaround point coincides with another dam across the Blanco River.

At the turnaround point there are obvious hints that the supported trail has ended. Turn around if you are looking for a leisurely stroll. Just a short distance from the turnaround point some steps hint that the supported trail at one point may have been longer. Now the path is overgrown with poison ivy here and there, so I would not recommend continuing.

CCC Pavilion
The Civilian Conservation Corps built this pavilion and other features in the park during the Great Depression. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Another Dam
Another Dam along the river, but away from the trail. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
The turnaround point for the trail coincides with one of the dams along the river. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Trail View
The mulched trail follows the shore of the Blanco River. A parallel trail does the same closer to the water. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Log Entries
By texaskdog on 1/1/2014
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1point5stars
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

Just a short hike but a nice wooded area.

Not very long
By Austin Explorer on 4/6/2013
Rating: 1point5stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 1point5stars
Distance: 1.16 Miles Duration: 1 day, 16 hours, 50 minutes

Because there is a trail righ near the water line and one above it the milage stated here is about right.  The main trail is an out and back you don't elect to try the lower trail when turning back at the dam.

Texas Parks and Wildlife was running some program for women outdoors this weekend, so the park was fairly packed with campers and day visitors.  Even so, there were not that many people on the trail itself.

I have to admit it's not really that great of trail, though it is well maintained.  It provides a nice little stroll for park visitors who are there, but I wouldn't recommend travelling very far for it.

not very good
By RMA on 5/3/2008
Rating: 1star Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A

There are  only two areas that are not paved or picnic areas these are their brush dump between the first and second dams. And across the river between te second and third dams.  If you walk along the unpaverd trail between the the second and third dams you get a great view of a trailerpark where people keep livestock. The only thing fun about the hike was walking the dogs over the dam (yes dogs are allowed dispite what the infomation  given by this web site).

Just a nice walk next to the river
By figment on 10/30/2005
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A
Best thing to do is to have a nice walk next to the river, and enjoy the picnic tables or the swimming.
By Eveline on 2/26/1995
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: halfstar
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Did a volksmarch that included this park.
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