As part of our journey to celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks, we recently took a drive southeast to Blanco State Park.
This park is unique for several reasons: in addition to being one of Texas’ first state parks, it’s also one of the smallest state parks in the state, and is entirely located within Blanco city limits.
The Blanco River has drawn area residents for hundreds of years, in part because the springs offer a consistent water source during droughts.
Established in 1933, Blanco State Park was one of the first four state parks in Texas to be built by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps. It took the team 11 months to build the park’s bridges, dams, roads, and picnic areas.
In more recent history, heavy rainfall surged the Blanco River to 30 ft high in 2015, rising over several nearby bridges. The flood uprooted trees as tall as 20ft and littered the park with branches and trash — it took five months to fully clean and repair the park.
What to see
Reader Linda S. recommended keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife when you visit Blanco State Park. If you’re lucky, you just might spot a great blue heron, a common musk turtle, or a leopard frog.
Another reader reminded us not to miss the original Blanco county building, located just outside of the park in the heart of Blanco.
What to do
Blanco State Park is a hot spot for campers, swimmers, and picnickers. There are two small trails in the park, but the park’s showstopper is certainly the river that runs through its heart. Spring-fed waters with a series of dams provides easy access for:
Make a reservation to visit Blanco State Park online.