South Llano River State Park

Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14, 2003

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South Llano State Park is located near Junction , Texas.  Junction is in the Texas Hill Country.   The Texas State Parks web site has information on the park.
South Llano State Park is a park that we will be returning to.  The park is well managed and well cared for.  Hats off to the staff and volunteer park hosts.

The bathrooms are the cleanest and best laid out of any parks we have been in to date.  The grounds are well cared for.  Trash is removed every day (at least on the weekends).

The park's clientele are well mannered and considerate.  I didn't see or hear any late night noisy gatherings.  This weekend had very few reserved spots (10% the weekend before).  The park filled up (90% occupancy) Friday night.  All vehicles in the campgrounds were parked on pavement like they are supposed to.

Deer and turkeys are abundant.  A number of groups of turkeys and deer walk around and through the campgrounds all the time including the middle of the day.  We say dozens of deer and dozens of turkey between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM Saturday when the park was full.  Friday night around 11:00 PM I saw a well fed adult armadillo while walking the dogs.  Saturday night around the same time I saw a Jack Rabbit moments after the dogs started dragging me in his direction.

The South Llano River runs through the park.  We saw a number of folks in the campground moving canoes and floating tubes about.  Some kids were swimming in the river where the park road bridge is.  Based on the whooping and hollering the kids were making, I would say the water was a bit chilly.

This looks like a good park to take bicycles to.  Bikes are allowed on most trails.  The trails are flat and mostly old one lane (two tires or two ruts) roads.   Given that it is generally fairly dry around Junction, the dirt roads (or trails as they are commonly called) in the park would be smooth and pleasant to ride on.

The park and adjacent wildlife management area are old working ranches.  If you look carefully, you can see the buildings, wells, and other farm stuff  from the original ranches.

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