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BLANCO RIVER

Excerpts From
Splash Across Texas
THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO
SWIMMING IN CENTRAL TEXAS


by Chandra Moira Beal

Book Hotel Here > Fredericksburg Hotels
Just off U.S. 281 in Blanco.

Dinosaurs were probably the first to enjoy this park as evidenced by tracks in the river bottom. Later, Tonkawa and Comanche tribes had sites here. The 110-acre state park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. The Blanco River cascades over small dams with grassy slopes on one side, while the other bank is rockier and wooded. The river bottom is limestone, hence the name Blanco (white), and makes the water very clear and pretty, like a man-made swimming pool. You can access the river via ladders on either side of the dam. Swimming and tubing are popular, and camping, picnicking, a children's play area, hiking and concessions are available. The river is swift and shallow, but perfect for distance swimmers with more than 1,000 feet of uninterrupted length. This is sort of a plain park with sloping banks lined with willow and oak trees, but is quite scenic. You can rent tubes, canoes and boats. The Town Creek Nature Trail connects the state park to a square downtown.

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  • Blanco River and dam, Blanco State  Park, Blanco Texas
    Blanco River and dam 2 blocks from downtown Blanco
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
    Blanco Chamber of Commerce
    Post Office Box 626, Blanco, Texas 78606
    (830) 833-5101

    Blanco State Park
    Post Office Box 49, Blanco, Texas 78606
    (830) 833-4333

    Text and photos courtesy of Chandra Moira Beal and La Luna Publishing
    Copyright Chandra Moira Beal, 1999

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