FRIO RIVER RECREATIONA AREA
Frio River Recreation Area -- There are few places in Texas that offer the ultimate Lone Star experience than the area located in the western Hill Country where the remarkable clear waters of the spring fed Frio River winds its way through the hills creating the perfect playground for recreational enthusiasts and those seeking the peace, tranquility and comfort of the best Texas has to offer.
Located in a rural, sparsely populated part of Texas, winter visitors especially enjoy the the intangible magnetism of an unspoiled landscape of a place so special that some call the Garden of Eden of the Lone Star State.
Giant cypress trees line the banks of the pristine river, which works its way some 200 miles toward South Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, creating a remarkable and beautiful landmark that Texans and visitors alike have described as "Heaven on Earth"
The Frio River has three primary tributaries; the East, West, and Dry Frio Rivers. The West Frio River rises from springs in northeastern Real County and joins with the East Frio River near the town of Leakey; the Dry Frio River joins northeast of Uvalde. In Spanish, frio means cold, representative of the spring fed waters that bubble up from the Earth.
A popular summer recreation area in the spring and summer months because of the rafting and tubing opportunities the river provides, the rural area is dotted with with recreational camps, resorts and summer homes that provide a perfect getaway from the searing summer Texas heat.
But the area is also the perfect place in the mild winters of Texas when the large crowds have all but vanished, leaving abundant vacancies for winter visitors who are looking for the perfect roosting location to enjoy a "little piece of Heaven" the region provides. While a winter stay in the area provides the perfect quiet and peaceful getaway in the heart of nature at its finest, the area is perfectly located for those wishing to take day trips to popular destinations.
Mexican border towns are within visiting distance for quick trips to enjoy shopping and dining excursions. Not far away are the resort communities of Bandera (the Cowboy Capital of Texas), Kerrville and Fredericksburg (a center of German heritage in Texas), Uvalde and Del Rio on the border. Also nearby is San Antonio with its many attractions, and from there a visit to the beautiful Texas coast is just couple of hours away.
The river itself is a world to its own, offering great opportunities for canoeing, rafting, and fishing, even in the winter months. And winter rentals are easy to find and offer a variety of accomodations and services depending on your personal preference and budget.
Wildlife is abundant, and the fall and winter months are the perfect time for watching the whitetail deer feeding within a stone's throw of your front porch. Birding is also a popular winter sport area. For a once in a lifetime experience, you may want to visit the Frio Bat Flight Tour and witness this awesome site as 10 to 12 million Mexican free-tailed bats ascend into the evening sky each day before sunset at Frio Cave near Concan, Texas. This is the second largest bat population in the state, and you may see cave swallow, rock and canyon wren, and even a ringed-tail cat or raccoon entering the cave to catch dinner. Be amazed as several species of raptor dive into the exiting swirl of bats.
Also nearby are Garner State Park and Lost Maples State Natural Area, both are state facilities offering camping, hiking trails and nature excursions. Lost Maples offer excellent fall foliage viewing opportunities, some of the best in Texas as the maple trees take on vibrant red and yellow color in the best of years.
Nearby attractions include include the Devil's Sinkhole (about an hour away), Kickapoo Caverns State Natural Area, golfing at the Club of Concan, and the Utopia Farmer's Market.
Discover the famed Frio River recreation area and Texas at its very best!