Refuge on the River
South Llano River State Park provides refuge for wildlife and people on the southwestern edge of the Hill Country. Bring your hiking boots, water toys, camping gear, and sense of adventure!
Things to Do
Many folks come to the park to swim, float, paddle and fish the South Llano River. But that’s not all we offer. You can also camp, hike or bike, geocache, spot turkeys and other wildlife, and marvel at the stars. We loan GPS units for use in the park.
The South Llano River is spring-fed and slow-moving - great for family water fun.
The park has two miles of river frontage, and multiple put-in and take-out points for tubers along the way. We rent tubes, or you can bring your own.
We have one designated place for paddlers to park and put-in. Bring your own canoes or kayaks, or rent locally.
Paddler's Porch offers shuttle services and kayak and canoe rentals. Call (325) 446-2829 to learn more.
Try your luck at fishing! You do not need a fishing license to fish within park boundaries.
Ask at headquarters about borrowing fishing gear to use in the park.
Whether on foot or two wheels, explorers will enjoy the 22.7 miles of trails. Trails range from easy to difficult, and cross river bottoms, steep ridges and wooded areas in between.
Rugged back country trails offer solitude even on the busiest weekend. Whether you’d like a moderate hike or a more challenging mountain bike ride, expect great views and a very different experience than in the park’s lowlands.
Keep your eyes open for birds both large and small!
The park is home to one of the largest turkey roosts in Central Texas. Turkeys roost from Oct. 1 through March 31. The day use area is only open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during these months, so that humans don’t disturb the roosting turkeys.
Bird watchers have recorded more than 250 species at the park over the years. Visit one of our four bird blinds and see what’s there!
Most campsites have water and electric hookups, and a restroom with showers nearby. Our six walk-in sites have water and a restroom with showers nearby, while the five primitive hike-in sites have a chemical toilet nearby, but no water.