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to the Hill Country River Region

Your Guide to

Barksdale, Concan, Camp Wood, Leakey, Rio Frio, Rocksprings, Utopia, Uvalde & Vanderpool

Dining, Shopping, Events, Activities, Lodging | More


Hot Summer 2018 at House Pasture! Wednesday Nights KARAOKE Thursday Nights

STEAK NIGHT (LIVE MUSIC) Friday & Saturday Nights

LIVE MUSIC

Mar 14 May 26 June 9 June 22 June 23 June 29 June 30 July 6 July 7 July 14 July 21 July 28 Aug 4 Aug 10

Kevin Fowler Aaron Watson Bellamy Brothers Spazmatics Josh Abbott Band Flatland Cavalry William Clark Green Parker McCollum Randy Rogers Band Roger Creager Wade Bowen Cory Morrow Stoney LaRue Spazmatics

Call for Restaurant Hours of Operation House Pasture Cattle Company

Concan’s Original Country Music Venue & Restaurant Check schedule & get tickets online at

www.HousePasture.com 2 N. County Rd. 348 “River Road” Concan, Texas • 830-232-6580


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Vacation Home & Cabin Rentals

Retreat Relax Explore

directory Hill Country River Region

Crawlinks Texas Cajun Sausage Co..................................................................7 Frio Family Getaway Cabin Rentals.................................................................7 Garven Store Texas Jerky, Supplies & Much More............................................7 Hill Country RV Rental RV Rentals.................................................................7 Map of Hill Country River Region..................................................................6 My Stompin’ Grounds Books by Lora B. Davis Garrison .................................5 Uvalde County Texas .......................................................................................3 Wimberley Market Day .................................................................................47

Rio Frio Indian Blanket Ranch Secluded Getaway with Pool.........................................9 Hill Country Nature Center, Hill Country Nature Tours...............................2 Rio Bella Resort Cabins, Vacation Home on the Frio River.............................11 Rio Frio Lodging Vacation Rentals...................................................................4 River Bluff Cabins Cabins on the Frio River......................................................5

Leakey

830-966-2320 friolodging.com

Your Hill Country Home Away From Home

welcome

to the Hill Country River Region Published by

The Hill Country Sun 28th

Celebrating Our Anniversary 1990-2018 8th Edition. Contents copyright ©2018. Reproduction of any portion of this publication in any form requires written permission of the publisher

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Julie Spell Harrington Publisher/Advertising • 512-484-9716 julie@hillcountrysun.com

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Melissa Maxwell Ball Editor/Design • 512-569-8212 melissa@hillcountrysun.com

www.HillCountrySun.com Cover photo by John Ball. Inset photos: left courtesy TPWD, center by Melissa Maxwell Ball, right by Julie Harrington.

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Ash Creek Hideaway 3-Acre Country Home...................................................12 BBG’s Bakery Baked Goods.............................................................................17 Bear’s Den Food, Beer, Wine................................................................................12 Bear’s Market & Specialty Meats Produce, Meats, Fuel, Gifts, Wine.................13 Bent Rim Grill Burgers & More.......................................................................19 Canyon Charm Home Decor, Apparels, Accessories, Antiques........................15 Catahoula Woodworks Gifts & Home Decor, Custom Woodwork....................17 Cypress Frio Waters Cabins on Frio River......................................................19 Frio Canyon Real Estate Shawn Streib Gray, Broker/Owner.........................17 Hello Honey Boutique Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry, Gifts, Decor........................17 Leakey Inn Lodging, Bar & Grill, Apparel.......................................................15 Leakey Liquors Beer, Wine, Liquor.................................................................19 Leakey Mercantile Groceries, Produce, Supplies, Beer, Wine...........................15 Leakey Springs Cabins Waterfront Cabins & Group Lodge.............................15 Mill Creek Cafe Daily Lunch Buffet, Specials..................................................19 Oak Hill Cabins Cabins with Beautiful Views.................................................15 Pioneer Real Estate Shirley Shandley, Broker/Owner....................................13 River Haven Cabins on the Frio.......................................................................12 Septic Systems Services Septic Systems, Backhoe Work.................................12 The Loft at Owl Hollow Lodging on 320 acres................................................15

Concan Andy’s on River Road Tubing, Kayaks, RV & Tent Camping, Boutique.................. 27 Bonnie’s Bakery Baked Goods...........................................................................9 Camp Riverview Cabins, RV & Tent Sites on the Frio.....................................23 Casa Rio Rentals Pet Friendly Private Homes on & near the Frio................... 31 Concan Building Services ..............................................................................33 Concan Pies Baked Goods...............................................................................31 Concan River Lodging Vacation homes near the Frio.....................................31 Crider’s Resort Cabins on the Frio....................................................................9 Elm Creek Stables Trail Rides, Pony Rides, Gift Shop.....................................33 Frio Acres 9 Cabins, 5 Lodges on 51 Acres......................................................21 Frio’s Country Resort Cabins, Homes, RV Spots on the Frio.......................... 23 Frio’s Dry 50 River Gear, Gifts, More .............................................................27 Frio Fergie’s River Co. River Gear, T-Shirts, Flip Flops...................................54 Frio Fried Chicken at Concan General Store................................................55 Frio River Realty Larry Roberts, Owner/Broker, Homes, Ranches ................25 Frio River Vacation Rentals Cabins, Homes....................................................25 Frio Tubing Co. Food, Tubing, Shuttle, Laundry, Gas, Souvenirs ...................29 House Pasture Cattle Co. Dining, Live Texas Music.........................................2 Loca on the Frio Boutique Gifts, Jewelry, Decor, Clothing.............................29 Nana’s RV Park Frio Riverfront Park..............................................................24 Neal’s Dining Room Home Cooking................................................................23 Rio Frio Fest Texas-Style Spring Break Music Fest on Frio River....................24 River Oaks Resort Homes and Cabins.............................................................33 River Rim Resort Cabins on the Frio River...................................... Back Cover River Road Market Fest .................................................................................. 2 Seven Bluff Cabins RV Sites, Cabins on the Frio River....................................54


Utopia/Vanderpool Bownds Custom Homes Building Dreams......................................................35 Bownds Real Estate Brandon Bownds............................................................35 Clear Springs Lodging Vacation Rentals on the Sabinal River........................41 Four Sisters Ranch Cabin Secluded Vacation Cabin.......................................39 Foxfire Cabins Log Cabins on the Sabinal River..............................................37 Lone Star Motorcycle Museum.....................................................................39 Lost Maples Country Store Groceries, Gas, Grill, BBQ..................................39 Lost Maples River Lodge Overlooking the Sabinal River ...............................41 Sabinal River Lodge Log Cabin Lodge.............................................................37 Sarah’s Utopia Home Decor, Gifts & More......................................................37 The Lodges of Lost Maples Vacation Cabins .................................................41 The Lunchbox Eatery Soups, Salads, Sandwiches...........................................39 The Unicorn Personalization, Gifts & Magic...................................................37 The Villa Romantic Lodging for Two................................................................41 Utopia River Retreat Main House, 6 Cabins With Riverfront.........................39 UtopiaTexas.info Utopia Information Online.................................................36

Camp Wood/Barksdale Bear Creek Fudge & Chocolates Sweets & Treats..........................................47 Dana’s Hot Dog House Concession Food and More.........................................45 Marilyn’s Jewelry, Quilts, Knives, Cowhides & Western Decor........................43 Nueces Canyon Soap Co. Custom Scented Bath & Body Care.........................45 Rushin’ Tea Room & Coffee Bar Coffee, Tea, Sandwiches, Pastries................45 Rushin’ Tea Rummage Antiques & Vintage Items..........................................45 Suzie Q’s Quilting Supplies..............................................................................55 Valley Ranch Retreat, Woodbine Inn & Mill Wheel on the Nueces Guest Cottages Lodging....................................55

Bandera Bandera Riverfest June 30.............................................................................46 National Day of the American Cowboy July 28............................................46

Uvalde A Cup of Joe Paint & Sip, Face Painting..........................................................49 First State Bank of Uvalde 24/7 ATMS in Camp Wood, Leakey, Sabinal and Utopia.................................51 Cactus Blossom Boutique Clothing................................................................49 Getty Street Marketplace Vintage Decor, Rare Books, Antiques.....................48 Southwest Land Associates Serving Ranch Buyers & Sellers.........................49 Starr Realty Starr Taylor Matthews................................................................51 Uvalde County Fairplex Event Venue & Indoor Arena....................................51 Uvalde Memorial Hospital ............................................................................52

Rocksprings Miss Buffy’s Custom Ammo Casing Jewelry & More......................................53 Greene Realty Chantz & Jodie Greene............................................................53 Western Hill Country Realty Ranches, Hunting............................................53

My Stompin’ Grounds My StoMpin’ GroundS

An Oral History Collection by Lora B. Davis Garrison

Texas Hill Country Settlers Their Own Stories An Oral History Collection

By Lora B. Davis Garrison

Texas Hill Country Settlers

Their Own Stories

www.MyStompinGrounds.net

389 Cooper Mountain Rd. Rio Frio, TX 78879 830-232-5775

onthefrio@riverbluffcabins.com

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Map of the Hill Country River Region

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Frio Cave Bat Flight

At the intersection of Highways 83 & 41

Buck Home of Billy and the 830-640-3235 • GarvenStore.com Tim & Linda Hester

830-232-5903 Cell 830-261-0772 Fax 830-232-5801 PO Box 34 Concan, TX

Cabin Rentals

www.friofamilygetaway.com You really need to see it to believe it! 10- to 12-million Mexican freetailed bats emerge at Frio Bat Flight near Concan. Photo by Melissa Ball.

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arch through September on a ranch near Concan, you can watch in awe as 10- to 12-million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from Frio Cave at Frio Bat Flight. The private 10,000 acre property where the cave is located has been continuously owned by the same family since 1874. Bain and Kirstin Walker run the tours, each season hosting a whopping 3,000 to 4,000 visitors, all who come to see the second largest bat population in the world (that’s open to the public). Bain takes questions from the audience as the crowd waits for the bats to begin emerging from the cave about 30 minutes before sunset. These bats will travel up to 35 miles from the cave every night, covering several hundred miles in one evening. They are insectivores, preferring to dine on agricultural pests. “Scientists have discovered the bats eat, on average, their body weight nightly. That amounts to about 100 tons of insects a year!” says Bain. FYI • Bats emerge from Frio Cave March through September. Frio Bat Flight entry is $12; $10 for kids 10 and under; and $11 for seniors. Kids 5 and under get in free. Tour times vary, according to season. For more information, call 888-502-9387, email info@friobatflight.com or visit the web site at www.friobatflight.com.

Hill Country RV Rentals “We Deliver & Setup, So All You Need to do is Show Up” Equipped Kitchen & All Bedding Provided

Frio Canyon, Bandera & Medina Lake Areas

713-858-2617

www.HillCountryRVRentals.com Sausage made from Crawfish & Pork

gocajun.com

Purchase online at in Leakey at The Mercantile or Bears Market or call me at the ranch! 1-877-GO-CAJUN • Ranch 830-232-4424

CELL 830-279-9946

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Hill Country Nature Center

for display s and hiki natural history tours, & more! n g , biki n g , birdi n g , big trees,

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hen you’re out and about, be sure the Hill Country Nature

Center is on your list of places to visit. Here, you’ll find fossils, arrowheads, and Texas snake, bird, bat, butterfly and insect displays highlighting the natural attractions of the Hill Country River Region. You can even see the happenings inside a bluebird nestbox, thanks to some neat technology.

Baby bluebirds in the nestbox. Photo by LeAnn Sharp.

LeAnn Sharp welcomes visitors to Hill Country Nature Center. Photo by Allan C. Kimball.

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Perhaps best of all, you’ll find the knowledgeable and friendly LeAnn Sharp, founder of the Hill Country Nature Center, who has for years made it her mission to share the natural wonders of the area with guests and locals alike. It’s a great chance to learn all about birding, bats, native plants, champion trees and the natural history of the area. Hill Country Adventures offers plenty of educational tours. With six past state champions, 11 state champions, and five national champion trees, plus the largest tree in Texas and the oldest tree in Texas, there’s plenty to see on the Champion Big Tree Tour, offered year round. Guided birding and nature tours offer participants a chance to drive to and hike on private Hill Country Ranches and State Parks along the beautiful Frio and Sabinal River Valleys. And, when river conditions are prime you can travel down the Frio River on a guided three- or four-hour Nature By Kayak Tour March through September. The beautiful nature trails at Indian Blanket Ranch (adjacent to the Nature Center) cut through the valleys and hills providing a picturesque path for hiking, jogging and mountain biking. To hike or bike, just check in at the Nature Center. Trails hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, admission $5 per person for the day. To get an earlier start, call the office at least one day in advance; for weekend reservations, call by Friday. Another attraction at Indian Blanket Ranch is the Bluebird Trail — 30 nestboxes and six viewing stations with benches where you can see small cavity nesters including Eastern Bluebirds, Black-crested Titmouse, Bewick’s Wren, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Carolina Chickadee with nests, eggs or baby birds. Nestbox Trail Birding Tours are available March through June — advance reservations only. There’s plenty more spectacular birdwatching on the ranch with 126 species of birds sighted — you might see a Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo, Vermillion Flycatcher, Zone-tailed Hawk, Hummers and more. Bring your camera— photo opportunities abound. FYI • For more information about the Hill Country Nature Center and nature tours—including Bluebird Nestbox Trail, Hiking and Biking, Big Tree Tours and Nature By Kayak Tours offered through Hill Country Adventures, visit the web site at www.hillcountryadventures.com or call 830-966-2134. Check the web site for scheduled Campfire Storytelling at the Nature Center; or reserve Storytelling at your lodging.


Rio Frio

Bonnie’s Bakery Fresh baked goods, from our family to yours

Indian Blanket Ranch Secluded 250-acre Ranch Getaway Private Pool • Hot Tub Star Gazing • Birdwatching Nature Trails • Hiking Mountain Biking • Fireplace Campfire • Wi-Fi TV • Ping Pong Play Area for Kids

Bluebird Hill & Star Suite

Sleeps Up to 18!

On US 83, 1.25 miles north of Garner State Park

Place your order today, call

830-232-5582

Beautiful Ranch Wedding Destination 5 minutes to Garner State Park 25 minutes to Lost Maples State Natural Area

info@indianblanketranch.com

Separate

Hideaway Cabin

830-966-2134 • IndianBlanketRanch.com

830-232-5583 • www.CridersResort.com • criderscabins@hotmail.com Welcome to the Hill Country River Region 2018

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Giant oakin Rio Frio The Rio Frio Landmark Oak, State Champion (Texas Escarpment Live Oak Tree 1988) stands on the east side of the Frio River on Farm Road 1120. According to the marker at the site, the “mighty oak served the early settlers as a social, religious, educational and political gathering place. During the early 1870’s, a school house was built just west of the tree. It was constructed of native Cypress lumber and its walls were filled with caliche. Between 1880-1891, N.M.C. Patterson laid out the town of Rio Frio using the tree and schoolhouse mountain to the east as bearing points.” Photo by Melissa Ball

Legendary cypress ...the largest tree in Texas Check out the largest Texas tree! The Bald Cypress can be seen as you amble along Buffalo Creek at Criders on the Frio in Concan. The massive tree boasts a circumference of 438 inches, a height of 96 feet and a crown spread of 112 feet. Don’t forget your camera...come take a look at this magnificent specimen and capture your own special family photo. It’s on private property, so please do stop by the office for a pass before you visit. Photo by Julie Harrington.

FYI • Visit the web site at cridersonthefrio.com.

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Hill Country Adventures has BIG TREE TOURS! hillcountryadventures.com

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R io B ellaR esort on the Frio

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local churches

Leakey

CAMP WOOD

Ash Creek hideAwAy 3 Acre Country Home | Seasonal Creek Wildlife & Birdwatching 3 miles North of Leakey | Sleeps 14

210-842-1555 vrbo.com/1250951

CONCAN

Church of Christ Hwy. 83 at the Y • 830-232-4058 Concan Baptist Mission 32711 Hwy 83 • 830-232-4411 Emmanuel Lutheran 2561 Co. Rd 350 • 830-232-4006

LEAKEY

EscapE to LEakEy

Enjoy Rest & Relaxation at

RiveR Haven

on 6.5 acres overlooking the Frio River (Rio Frio) Log Cabins with River Views Lodge Available for

Reunions • Weddings • Meetings

Nueces Canyon Church of Christ 1656 N. Hwy 55 • 830-597-4131 First Baptist Church 813 South Nueces • 830-597-5150 Hill Country Church of Christ Hwy. 55 N. • 830-597-6175 St. Mary Magdalene Catholic 311 E. 3rd. 830-597-5165

Manager: Margie Sutherland

www.riverhavencabins.com • rhc@hctc.net 830-232-5400 • 866-232-5400 (toll free)

Church of Christ 3rd Street • 830-232-6933 Church in the Valley 724 Hwy 83. 830-232-6841 First Baptist Church Hwy. 83 N. 830-232-5344 Frio Canyon Baptist Church 919 Hwy. 83 S. 830-232-5883 Réal County Church of Christ 121 Oak Hill • 830-275-9661 St. Raymond Catholic 2nd Ave.• 830-232-5852 Trinity Fellowship E. on 337 • 830-232-6770 Leakey United Methodist 410 N. Market • 830-232-6266

Utopia Methodist Church.

RIO FRIO

New Beginning 5749 RR 1120 • 830-232-5221

UTOPIA

Gospel Tabernacle 371 Main St. • 830-966-2440 Living Waters Church FM 1050 • 830-966-2426 United Methodist 200 Cypress • 830-966-3400 Utopia Baptist Church 241 Johnson St. • 830-966-3688 Utopia Church of Christ Main Street • 830-966-3629

VANDERPOOL

St. Mary’s Catholic Hwy 187. 830-966-6268

Leakeybearsden.com W o rt h the trip!!

BEAR’S DEN

Your Den Away From Home!

Beer, Wine & Grub! Six 55” TV’s • OPEN LATE

Behind Bear’s Market 620 Hwy 83 South • Leakey, Texas

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(830) 275-3864 John Hutchings Septic Systems Services Leakey, Texas

All phases of Septic Systems and Backhoe Work

HUB Certified


Leakey

Pioneer Real Estate “We hit the trail for you.”

Shirley Shandley, Owner/Broker 698 S. Highway 83 • Leakey, Texas

830-232-6422

HillCountryRealEstate.net B E A R S M A R K E T . c om

IF Your Gonna be a bear

be a Big one!

W o rt h the trip!!

Specialty Meats, Prepared Foods, Fresh Produce, Beer/Wine, Full Coffee and Ice Cream Bars, Gummy Bear Bar, Home Goods, Decor, Picnic, Gifts, Deer Corn/Feed, Hunting/Fishing License!

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unexpected & delightful shopping Sarah’s Utopia UTOPIA, TEXAS

Photos courtesy Sarah’s Utopia.

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repare to be delighted upon entering Sarah’s Utopia — a locally owned indoor and outdoor home decor, small gift specialty shop. At Sarah’s, you’ll find lots of unique items including pillows, Texas-poured candles, totes, home decor, delicious seasonings, dips, drinks, and more. A proud retailer of FAT artisan style chalk paint, Sarah offers hand painted furniture, painting

services, interior design services, plus custom embroidery and vinyl services. Don’t miss this gem of a shop in beautiful Utopia. Stay tuned to see what’s coming up at Sarah’s Utopia, including a brand new website. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram and via email at sarahsutopia1@gmail.com or call 830-486-9508. 359 Main Street, Utopia, Texas 78884. Open 10 am to 5 pm.

Getty Street Marketplace

UVALDE, TEXAS

Street Marketplace is Getty home to several vendors who provide a wide variety of vintage finds, including primitives, antiques, linens, jewelry and delightful gifts. In addition, the shop houses Richard Taylor’s collection of rare and outof-print Texana books, the largest collection in South Texas. Photos courtesy Getty Street Marketplace.

At 120 N. Getty Street, Uvalde, Texas 78801. 830-279-3740. Open 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.

See Shopping, page 16

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Leakey

On 320 Private Acres

Home Decor • Apparel • Accessories • Antiques

New Salt Water Swimming Pool

Boutique • Antiques • Home Decor

Sleeps Up To 12

Open year round!

We welcome our tourists/visitors

1034 US Hwy 83 S • 830-232-6102

Celebrating more than 20 years in business!

830-232-3746 • FrioCanyonRentals.com

Leakey SpringS CabinS Waterfront Cabins Family Cabins Waterfront Group Lodge

Margie Sutherland, Manager

830-232-6351

www.LeakeySpringsCabins.com

Inn Rooms & Cabins starting at $79/night Motorcycle ~ Family ~ Pet Friendly Lodging

leakey mercantile Groceries • Fresh Produce Camping Supplies Beer/Wine Meat Market We make fresh ground beef daily!

Enjoy sipping & shopping in our

Leakey Inn Sip & Shop LODGING • APPAREL • BAR & GRILL

Open 7 Days a week ’til 8 pm

830-232-6299

leakeymercantile.com Highways 83 & 337 in Leakey, TX

527 S. Hwy. 83 Leakey, TX 78873

830-232-FRIO (3746) • LeakeyInn.com Welcome to the Hill Country River Region 2018

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unexpected & delightful shopping ~ from page 14

Catahoula Artisan Gallery

LEAKEY, TEXAS

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or nine years, Catahoula Artisan Gallery has offered unique gifts, decor and custom woodwork in Leakey. Forty-six artisans sell their wares in the gallery. Twenty are local, 18 are from elsewhere in Texas and eight from out of state. Each artisan offers something a little different. Find mesquite cutting boards, mesquite bowls and crosses with turquoise inlay, lazy susans with turquoise inlay, pottery ware, raku angels and horsehair pottery. Plus, scroll-saw ornaments, new and antique stained glass, mantels, cowhide rugs,

Frio’s Dry Fifty

Photos courtesy Catahoula Artisan Gallery.

cowhide pillows, handcrafted glycerin soaps, jewelry, recycled canvas totes, purses and wallets. Catahoula Artisan Gallery also offers custom mantels and furniture. 105 W Ranch Road 337, Leakey, TX 78873. Open 10 am to 5:30 pm (closed Sunday). catahoulawoodworks.com, 830-232-5833.

CONCAN, TEXAS

he year 2018 marks Frio’s Dry Fifty’s 34th T summer, and with good reason. This fun store has something for just about everyone and is worth a stop when you’re in Concan. The store offers a wide variety of selections including Salt Life, Patagonia, Southern Tide, Chacos, Cobians, Yellow Box, Brighton, and more. Plus, Tyler candles, Consuela totes and bags and many Frio River, Concan and Garner State Park T shirts. They also carry Junior and women’s clothing, fun jewelry and kids’ t-shirts. Souvenirs and river gear are available, and you’ll find plenty of creative gifts. Frio’s Dry Fifty Snack Shack serves up

Photos courtesy Frio’s Dry FIfty.

hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, Hawaiian Shaved Ice and assorted snacks. On Highway 127 in Concan, Texas. Open 7 days a week from Memorial Day until mid August, when seasonal hours begin. Daily hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 am to 6:30 pm and Sunday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. 830-232-6300, friosdryfifty.com. See Shopping, page 18

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Leakey

Frio Canyon Real Estate

Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry, Gifts & Home Decor

Open Mon-Thurs 11-6 & Fri-Sat 10-8 Memorial Day-Labor Day

830-232-4394 226 N US Highway 83 • Leakey, TX (next to Mama Choles Mexican Restaurant)

Call for special orders

next to Mama Chole’s

The Leakey MercanTiLe!

friocanyonrealestate.com

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230 S. US Hwy. 83 • Leakey, TX

s Baked G ra ’ o

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Banana Nut Bread Kolaches • Turnovers

ba

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Cakes • Pies

Shawn Streib Gray, Owner/Broker

830-232-4500

You’ll also find our goodies at

HOURS 7 am-noon Wed -Sat

830-232-5703 • 830-486-6343

279 Mountain Street in Leakey

Cedar Oil • Jewelry • Lazy Susans • Pottery • Ornaments • New & Antique Stained Glass • Lariat Baskets

Catahoula Gifts J Decor c ustom WooDWork

Featuring 46 artisans Open Year rOund

105 RR 337W @ Hwy 83 Leakey, TX

GicleE Prints & Cards by B.F. CHapa • Lamps • Lampshades

Mohair Clothing by Dolores • Mesquite Cutting Boards

BBG’s Bakery Ba

Homes • Waterfront & Water Access Acreage • Hunting • Commercial

830-232-5833

Mantels • Crosses • Custom Furniture • Calf Skins • Cowhides • Pillows • Handcrafted Glycerin Soaps

CatahoulaArtisanGallery.com Welcome to the Hill Country River Region 2018

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unexpected & delightful shopping ~ from page 16

Marilyn’s CAMP WOOD, TEXAS oused in the old American Legion H Hall in Camp Wood, Marilyn’s offers 4,000 square feet of shopping, with a wide array of rustic furniture and home furnishings including sofas, recliners, bedroom sets, bars and barstools and mattresses. The shop has 100 quilts in stock, starting at just $49. You’ll also find sterling silver jewelry and a large stock of hunter’s fixed blade stag knives and pocket knives from Anza, Case and Moore Maker Knives. A newly expanded showroom offers outdoor furniture and accessories. 116 S. Nueces Street, Camp Wood, Texas 78833. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. 830-597-6400.

Garven Store

MOUNTAIN HOME, TEXAS hen you’re in the vicinity of W Mountain Home and “you’re in need of meat, a treat, or a place to rest

your feet, you’re welcome at Garven Store!” One of the oldest remaining convenience stores in Texas, this family business has been in operation since 1932. Garven Store’s barbecue brisket and sausage garner rave reviews from locals and travelers alike. Their dried sausage and cheddar cheese are legendary. And the jerky! Available in flavors ranging from cracked pepper, honey, teriyaki, hot to mild in beef, turkey, buffalo,venison and elk varieties, you simply must try it.

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Photos courtesy Garven Store.

Garven Store also has a good selection of knives and other accessories, plus gas! You don’t want to miss this traveler’s haven at the crossroads of Highways 41 and 83. Garven Store is at 27304 N. US-83 in Mountain Home, TX 78058. 830640-3235, sales@garvenstore.com. Open 9 am to 6 pm daily.


Leakey Specialty Burgers, & A Variety of Menu Choices Dine-In or To-Go Clean Restrooms

WIFI

OPEN

10 AM to 9 PM MON-SAT CLOSED SUNDAY

657 West RR337 1/2 Mile West of Hwy 83

www.BentRimGrill.com • 830-232-6649 Serving Breakfast 7:30 am to 11 am Cabins on the Frio River Where memories can be made for a lifetime....

(830) 232-4993 417 B Hwy 83

Open Year-Round Reservations Required Private access to a 1/2 mile of the East Frio River 3 miles north of Leakey, Texas on US 83

Right Next to the Leakey Mercantile

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY! Hill Country Views, Wildlife, Tubing, Hiking, Star Gazing, Fishing, More

830-232-5955 • www.cypressfrio.com

MILL CREEK Open 7 am-9 pm EVERYDAY!

CAFE

Daily Lunch Buffets

includes Drink and Dessert!

Friday Night All-You-Can-Eat Fish! 849 US Highway 83 South • Leakey, Texas (Across from Stripes) 830-232-4805 Welcome to the Hill Country River Region 2018

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Oh! the tradition of GARNER State Park

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arner State Park encompasses 1,774 acres and 2.9 miles of beautiful Frio River frontage, including 11 miles of scenic trails. Whether you’re camping overnight or visiting for the day, with swimming, fishing, biking, geocaching, dancing, hiking, picnicking and more, there’s plenty to do and see. Since the ’40s, folks have been gathering for the familyfriendly jukebox dances at the Garner State Park Pavilion. Dances are Mon­day through Saturday during Spring Break, and Saturday nights ’til sum­mer. Then in summer, you can enjoy a dance every night of the week, with post-summer dances Saturday evenings. One fun diversion is putt-putt golf at Stinkin’ Sweet Candy Shop and Mini Golf (located at the Park Pavilion), with rentals $5 each ($2 for kids 3 and under) including a putter, ball and 18 holes. Want to go for round two? Play again for only $2 per per­son — any age. You can golf 7 days a week from 10 am to 10:15 pm through the second week in August, Saturday and Sunday only during the off season (closed Decem­ber through March). See Garner SP, page 22

Clockwise from top: Girls in boots at the Garner State Park sign by Julie Harrington, Old Baldy by Leroy Williamson, the Frio River courtesy Visit Uvalde, and Garner State Park evening dance by Julie Harrington.

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It’s the Place to Be! Come visit Frio Acres in Concan, Texas We have 51 beautiful and secluded acres with one acre on the Frio River. The Texas Hill Country at its best, just a few miles from Garner State Park. Cabins and Lodges at the Frio River where you can enjoy the mountains, the wildlife, the cold and relaxing refreshing waters of the Frio River, relax to the cool evening breeze and endless stars. Look no further, Frio Acres offers 9 cabins and 5 lodges that will accommodate large groups for reunions, corporate gatherings and weddings/receptions. We have lodges secluded within 2 acres with an outdoor pavilion and beautiful oak trees, family lodge with outdoor playground and fire pit, grand view lodge with spectacular views of the Frio Canyon, a lodge with a great gathering room and private bedrooms and lodges with private Frio River frontage. If your needs are not that of a large lodge, then our 2 bedroom/2 bath spacious and quaint cabins are just what you need.

1-877-635-4848 www.frioacres.com 1047 CR 350 CONCAN, TX 78838

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GARNER State Park ~ from page 20

The Garner State Park Song Inthe Western part of Texas Ninety miles from San Antone, There’s a place I go each summer When I get the urge to roam. I’d stand out on the highway, If I couldn’t get a ride I’d walk To Garner State Park. There’sthe cutest girls from Texas And from everywhere They tradetheir city slickin’ clothes For some boots and western wear, We swam all through the day And we danced when it got dark At Garner State Park. She wasthe cutest girl around, We walked down tothe water Found a big rock, began to talk At Garner State Park. Nextthing I knew it was 4 a.m. She said my mother’s surely worried About where I am And with the Texas sky above, We couldn’t help but fall in love At Garner State Park. Well,the summer it was over And we had to say goodbye, We said we’d see each other next year, As a tear fell from her eye. When I came I knew no sorrow; now I’m leaving with a broken heart At Garner State Park. Oh, but I’ll be back again next year...

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Concan

Private River Frontage Cabins | Vacation Homes | RV Spots River Front Weddings |  Cook-Offs Corporate  Retreats & MORE!

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GARNER State Park ~ from page 22 The updated camp store has just about everything you need—from firewood to gourmet muffins and coffee, s’mores fixin’s to candy, drinks, ice cream and more. Find snacks and supplies, and rent tubes, barbecue pits, tables, even fans and heaters at the Garner camp store. Paddle boats and boards, kayaks and canoes are also for rent. Hungry? Head over to the Garner Grill, serving up burg­ers, fries, corn dogs and more, made fresh to order, Saturdays and Sundays April through May, dai­ly all summer and Fridays and Saturdays in the fall. Concan

NaNa’s RV PaRk & RV ReNtals River frontage park located on Frio River, each site features a picnic table, a fire ring, 20-30-50 amp electrical, sewer & water hook-ups

Across the Frio River from Garner State Park on County Road 350

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Brett Rimkus shows off the dam as he hikes Garner State Park. Catch his live reports on Facebook. Photo courtesy Brett Rimkus.

Another fun tradi­tion, summer hayrides (hosted by the Friends of Garner State Park Tuesday through Friday from June to August) de­part from the Visitors Center promptly at 7 pm, so plan to arrive no later than 6:45 pm. Visit the Friends of Gar­ner Visitors’ Center or call 830-232-5999 to make res­ervations and for more information. Garner is the most popular state park for overnight camping in Texas. Camping is available in screened shelters, cabins and campsites. Make your reservations early! The busy season is Memorial Day weekend ’til Labor Day weekend, and the park often reaches maximum capacity. FYI • For information about rentals, the Park Store, Garner Grill and much more, visit the web site at www.garnerstatepark.com. To make reservations at Garner State Park, call 830-232-6132 or visit the web site at tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/garner. You can also follow Garner State Park on Facebook, where you’ll find Brett Rimkus’ dam reports and other up-todate news of the park.

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Camping at Garner State Park includes tent camping sites, screened-in shelters and RV sites. Photo courtesy VisitUvaldeCounty.com.


CONCAN

Best Vacation Rentals in Concan!

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Homes H Ranches Acreages Vacation Rentals “I can show you any property for sale in the Frio Canyon. Catch the Frio Fever own a piece of the Frio!” Larry Roberts, Owner/Broker

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It’s tee time!

Utopia

G lfer’s delight!

Concan

Utopia Golf Billed as “the most beautiful nine-hole golf course in Texas,” Utopia Golf is nestled in the Sabinal Valley one mile south of Utopia on High­way 187. The course is the set­ting for the 2011 movie “Seven Days in Utopia,” based on the novel “Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Uto­pia” by David L. Cook. A clubhouse, includ­ing a self-serve hospitality room, overlooks the ninth hole at Utopia Golf. Weekday rates are $18.23 for 18 holes ($16.09 for juniors and seniors); weekend rates $21.45 for 18 holes, $16.09 for nine holes. Cart rentals are $10. Photo courtesy Utopia Golf. Utopia Golf is at 20567 Ranch Road 187 in Utopia. For more information, call Utopia Golf at 830-966-5577.

Golf Club of Texas-Concan

Featuring a challeng­ing Bechtol-Russell de­signed course, players enjoy the picturesque scenery at The Golf Club of Texas - Concan, from gorgeous hills and val­leys to stunning rolling terrain. The par 72 championship course offers 18 holes measuring 7,333 yards from the tips. Panoramic views of the Hill Country are found on every fairway and with premium Zoysia grass underfoot, this a must-play course. Rates are $49 weekdays and $59 weekends. The twilight fee is $35. The club has a wellstocked Pro Shop, offering the latest in golf apparel and equipment for men and women. A variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and more are served up in the Patio Grille, which offers year-round dining and a full bar. Check the web site for hours. Photo courtesy Golf Club of Texas - Concan.

Uvalde

Uvalde Memorial

Uvalde offers an 18 hole public golf course located along the Leona River at 221 East Doughty. Weekday rates are $17, weekends $22 and twilight $25-27. Photo courtesy City of Uvalde, Texas.

The Golf Club of Texas - Concan is located at 520 Mountain Valley Drive. For more information, and to book your tee time, call 830-232-4471. More information is available on the web site at www.clubatconcan.com.

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For more information about Uvalde Memorial Golf Course, call 830-2786155 or visit the web site at uvaldegolf.com.


Concan

Our 34th Summer on the Frio! A Frio Tradition!

Frio River & GSP T-Shirts Shorts H Flip Flops H Patagonia Consuela H Southern Tide H Chacos Rowdy Gentleman H Hats/Caps River Gear H Yellow Box Jewelry H Gifts H and More! Hand Dipped Blue Bell H Hawaiian Shaved Ice Open Sunday-Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm • Friday-Saturday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

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SHOP Groceries, Boutique Gift Shop, Volleyball, Horseshoes

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where to get connected find wifi LEAKEY

RIO FRIO

UVALDE

Rushin’ Tea Room 79 Mountain Shadow Lane 830-597-4401

CAMP WOOD

Real County Public Library Main at Evergreen 830-232-5199

Hill Country Nature Center on FM 1050 830-966-2320

Local Fix Coffee Shop 2001 E. Main Street 830-900-7183

CONCAN

Bent Rim Grill 657 W. Ranch Rd. 337 830-232-6649

Andy’s on River Rd. 21488 Texas Hwy. 127 830-232-5444

UTOPIA Lost Maples Cafe 384 FM 187 (Main Street) 830-966-2221

El Progreso Memorial Library 301 W. Main Street 830-278-2017

trail rides & more at Elm Creek Stables

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lm Creek Stables offers trail rides from 9 am to 5 pm. You can take a ride about two miles long with gorgeous trails and great scenery for only $30 per person. Pony rides are available for the younger kids for $10. Adults can also enjoy a High Trail ride (about 2.5 miles) for $45. The stables are extremely busy in summer, so remember to call ahead for a reservation. All proceeds from the trail rides and petting zoo at Elm Creek Stables go to the Frio Canyon Horse Rescue to help with the cost of vet bills and feed. Donations to are welcome, much appreciated and tax deductible.

FYI • Elm Creek Stables is open every day during spring break, and weekends after spring break through Memorial Day. The stables are open daily Memorial Day through the end of summer. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm; last ride out at 5 pm. Call for reservations. Please bring cash or checks, no credit cards are accepted at Elm Creek Stables. For more information about Frio Canyon Horse Rescue and Elm Creek Stables, call 830-232-5365 or 830-279-4051 or find them on Facebook.

Headed out on a trail ride at Elm Creek Stables. Proceeds from trail rides and the petting zoo at Elm Creek Stables go to Frio Canyon Horse Rescue. Photo courtesy Elm Creek Stables.

A petting zoo has evolved from rescued animals, including three dogs, two axis deer, numerous goats and bottle fed babies,a pot bellied pig, a pea hen, a miniature horse, a donkey named Noah, and more. Photos courtesy Elm Creek Stables.

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Concan

B & B Grocery dba

Pizza • Gas • Souvenirs Large Selection of T-Shirts Tubing • Shuttling • Laundry

830-232-6910 Corner of FM 1050 & Hwy 83 Concan, Texas 78838

Clothing

Gifts H Jewelry Home Decor 337 E Main Street

Fredericksburg 830-307-3083

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Sweets

& TREATS BURGERS

local INFO: Utopia and Sabinal Canyon utopiatexas.info

Frio Canyon

friocanyonchamber.com

Nueces Canyon

nuecescanyonchamber.com

Concan Baked Goods Concan TX Hwys 83 & 127 713-562-8043

Pies

Ice Cream & Shaved Ice

Frio’s Dry Fifty Snack Shack

Tx. Hwy. 127 • 830-232-6300 Gummy Bear Bar, Ice Cream, Coffee

Bear’s Market

US Hwy 127 & 83 • 830-232-5559 Popcorn, Ice Cream, Vintage Candies

Concan General Store

31363 US Hwy. 83 • 830-232-6414 Gelato & Ice Cream (Seasonal)

Ice Cream Shop

at Garner State Park • 210-722-5652

Leakey

Baked Goods BBGs Bakery 279 Mountain St. 830-232-5703 and at Leakey Mercantile Pie Mill Creek Cafe 849 US Highway 83 S 830-232-4805

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Rio Frio

Baked Goods Bonnie’s Bakery US Hwy 83 • 830-232-5582 1.5 miles past Garner State Park

Camp Wood Candy, Fudge & More

Bear Creek Fudge & Chocolate

Hwy. 55 Downtown • 830-597-6160 Baked Goods & Coffee

Rushin’ Tea Room

79 Mountain Shadow Lane 830-597-4401

Utopia

Baked Goods

Lost Maples Cafe 384 FM 187/Main Street 830-966-2221

Uvalde Espresso, Gelato, Coffee, more

The Local Fix

384 FM 187/Main Street 830-966-2221

Sabinal

sabinalchamber.org

Uvalde County

visituvaldecounty.com

Uvalde CVB

visituvalde.com

Lost Maples State Natural Area 830-966-3413; tpwd.state.tx.us

Garner State Park 830-232-6132; tpwd.state.tx.us

laundry? Nueces Co. Washateria

in Camp Wood • Hwy 55 South of Downtown

Wash Barn in Leakey 1256 S. US Hwy 83 830-232-5690

Frio Tubing Company

in Concan at the corner FM 1050 & Hwy 83 830-232-6910


Concan

Indian Falls in Utopia. Photo by Melissa Ball.

HWY 83 & 127 Concan, TX 78838

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Pet friendly, private homes with river frontage and multiple river access points

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Fully Furnished Vacation Rental Homes near the beautiful Frio River PO Box 45 • Concan, TX 78838

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Concan

Elm Creek Stables “Come ride with us.”

GIFT SHOP

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High Trail* 00 $ *High Trail: Longer Trail/Adults Only

Open 9 am-5 pm (last ride out at 5 pm)

210-260-5548 Roland L. Garcia, Owner PO Box 26 | Concan, Texas 78838 A Division of Uvalde Investment Group

OPEN Everyday during Spring Break, Weekends After Spring Break, & Everyday Memorial Day through summer, Cash/Check Only Please.

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36 cabins & homes on or near the Frio River in Concan, Texas 1-6 BEDROOM UNITS Pavilion Rental for Family Gatherings/Special Events Convenience Store on Site for last minute Camping & River Gear Pet Friendly H Hot tubs H Fireplaces Cabins have fully equipped kitchens, DSS/TV/DVD, A/C & heat

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Lost Maples State Natural Area by Rob McCorkle

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“a riot of red, orange and gold foliage, drawing upwards of 50,000 leaf-peepers to the state natural area” 34

he Sabinal River and its several tributaries have carved limestone canyons through the nearly 3,000-acre park straddling Bandera and Real counties at the western fringes of the Edwards Plateau. Here, the canyons’ moist, cool microclimates support a remarkable diversity of plant life found few other places in Texas. The bigtooth maple tree ranks as the park’s marquee species. In late autumn most years, the stands of old-growth maples set the canyons ablaze in a riot of red, orange and gold foliage, drawing upwards of 50,000 leaf-peepers to the state natural area. The western cousin of the eastern sugar maple retained a foothold in the Hill Country canyons after vast sheets of ice advanced southward across North America almost to presentday Texas, and then retreated. (For an explanation of the park’s geological history and information about the bigtooth maple and other indigenous plant species, visit the exhibit hall in the park headquarters.)

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

The park is home to the state’s largest known species of the bigtooth, also known as the Uvalde bigtooth maple and canyon maple. The 40-foot tall maple with a 45-foot crown spread stands at the head of the park’s most popular trail, the .8-mile Maple Trail, just a few steps from the day-use area parking lot. However, to really appreciate this wondrous arboretum, visitors should park their vehicle and stroll the wooded canyon trails that traverse the upland canyons of the Sabinal River, as well as Can, Hale Hollow and Lane creeks. But no matter the time of year, Lost Maples SNA makes a worthwhile destination that will not disapSee Lost Maples SNA, page 36

The magnificent colors of fall at Lost Maples SNA. Photo © TPWD.


Utopia/Vanderpool

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Lost Maples State Natural Area ~ from page 34

Family fun at Lost Maples State Natural Area. Photo © TPWD.

point. Visitors hoping to enjoy the park under less crowded conditions of late October and early November when the maples’ color peaks should consider an early fall visit. Nights tend to cool off and during warm, sunny days, the waters of the Sabinal and spring-fed swimming holes prove tempting spots to take a soothing splash. Almost 11 miles of well-marked trails lead to scenic overlooks, spring-fed ponds populated by Texas’ state fish, the Guadalupe bass, prime birding habitat and 40 primitive backpack camping sites. Composting toilets near several backcountry campsites make the wilderness experience a bit more pleasant.

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The Maple Trail provides the easiest access to the park’s natural wonders, traversing mostly flat terrain through a moist, shaded Sabinal River canyon. Mature bigtooths share fertile canyon habitat with monstrous chinkapin and Lacey’s oaks, Florida basswood, pecan, black willow, green ash and American sycamore. Boulders the size of a subcompact car sit in the middle of the river and at the base of soaring limestone cliffs. Because of the canyonlands’ microclimate effect, the park contains numerous species of plants and animals of both eastern and western affinity, as well as rare species endemic to the Balcones Escarpment. Found here are the unusual Texas madrone tree, three kinds of buckeye, witch hazel (common in Mississippi), six different kinds of oaks, Texas mock orange and sycamore-leaf snowbell whose white clusters of flowers bloom in late September. The park’s birdlife reflects Lost Maples’ location in the North America’s central flyway, as well as its diversity of habitat that includes grasslands and scrublands; mixed evergreen and deciduous escarpment woodlands; and streamside woodlands. Birders from around the world visit the park to catch a glimpse of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo, as well as specialty birds such as the green kingfisher and zone-tailed hawk. Water-and-electric campsites are at a premium at Lost Maples SNA.The 30 campsites, which also feature in-ground barbecue pits and shaded picnic tables, book up 11 months in advance for the peak fall foliage period. Other times of the year, booking reservations early is recommended. In keeping with Lost Maples’ state natural area designation, the park has limited development and facilities. However, young and old alike can enjoy nature photography, hiking, camping, bird watching, backpacking, fishing and swimming. FYI • The day use-only park entry fees for persons 13 and older are $6 daily. Hike-in campsites are $10 a night and water-electric sites are $20. Lost Maples State Natural Area is located about an hour’s drive southwest of Kerrville and five miles north of Vanderpool on Ranch Road 187. Parking at Lost Maples State Natural Area is limited to 250 cars, so schedule fall trips during the weekdays, if possible. Fall foliage reports are available at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/stateparks/lost-maples/foliage-reports. Reports are updated weekly through November. You can call Lost Maples SNA directly at 830-966-3413. To make a reservation by phone, call 512-389-8900.


Utopia/Vanderpool

Sabinal River Lodge • Sabinal River frontage • Near Lost Maples Natural Area, Garner State Park & Concan-Frio River • Fully furnished cabins with two queen beds. • Perfect for weekend getaways & reunions!

FoxFire Cabins ON THE SABINAL RIVER

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Lost Maples Winery at Polvadeau Vineyards

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ocated just two miles from Lost Maples State Natural Area, you’ll find the lovely Lost Maples Winery at Polvadeau Vineyards, the first commercial vineyard in Bandera County. Owned and operated by Tom and Glenda Slaughter, the vineyard since 2006 has been known for its production of top quality Lenoir grapes(also known as Black Spanish grapes) along with a variety of awardwinning wines. The vineyard land has been in Glenda’s family for more than 175 years, when her great grandfather migrated from France and settled along the spring-fed waters of the Sabinal River near Vanderpool. Today, Lost Maples Winery at Polvadeau Vineyards is a beautiful destination for tastings and tours —whatever the season — as well as a picturesque backdrop for weddings, photos and events, with several unique outdoor venues available.

Tastings & Music

The winery is open for tastings Wednesday through Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm, Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm and Sundays noon to 6 pm. Private tastings can be arranged for groups. Call or email in advance to schedule. You can also enjoy live music on the tasting room patio most Saturdays.

Harvest & Celebration

Depending upon the sugar content of the grapes in late July, the harvest and the accompanying harvest celebration is held the first or second Saturday in August. A continental breakfast is provided for participants, followed by a catered lunch and

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live music in the afternoon. If you’re interested in joining the harvest, sign up early! Email events@lostmapleswinery.com Lost Maples Winery at Polvadeau Vineyards wines are available exclusively at the winery in Vanderpool, and not sold in any retail store. To order, call 830966-5131 or email info@lostmapleswinery. com. To schedule a tour or a group tasting, email events@lostmapleswinery. com. For more information, visit lostmapleswinery.com.


Utopia/Vanderpool

The Lunchbox Utopia’s Eatery

Lost Maples Country Store Groceries • Gas • Ice • Free Wi-Fi

RV Full Hook Ups, Cabins & Rental House Grill serving BBQ, Burgers & more! Beer & wine to go!

inside Utopia General Store 406 N Main Street • Utopia, TX

830-966-4030

33533 FM 187 • Vanderpool, Texas

830-966-3568 • lostmaplecountrystore.com

Lone Star Motorcycle Museum

Four Sisters Ranch Cabin

Secluded. Picturesque. One of a kind. A true Utopia.

“Wonderful Machines from the Past”

A world-class collection of Classic motorcycles on display. Located in the Heart of the Hill Country on Hwy. 187 one mile south of Lost Maples State Park. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am-5 pm March - November

(830) 966-6103 • www.LoneStarMotorcycleMuseum.com

www.foursistersranchcabin.com

1848 LeMond Road • Utopia, TX • 210-414-4341

Utopia River Retreat Cabins 1 & 2 BEDROOM

Cozy 1 or 2 bedroom cabins, full kitchens plus microwave, heat/AC, fireplace, BBQ grill, fire rings, picnic table, satellite TV. Mesquite firewood for sale for pits/fire rings.

Vacation Rentals on the Sabinal River The Fortress

Wonderful Vacation Home Rich with History Main House Sleeps up to 16 people; 5 large bedroom areas & 3 - 1/2 baths. Rock fireplace, 52” satellite TV/DVD, cypress kitchen cabinets, 2 dining tables with cactus chandelier, wraparound patio with chairs, BBQ grill & fire ring. For Weddings, Reunions & Other Events!

Enjoy 15 rolling acres, Giant Cypress

Party Barn

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www.UtopiaRiverRetreat.com 360 PR 3850 • Utopia, Texas 78884 • 830-966-2444 • info@utopiariverretreat.com Welcome to the Hill Country River Region 2018

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I remember the day the barn burned

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hen I was four years old we lived on the ranch near where I live now; 10 miles west of Utopia, Texas. And I was real bad to play with matches. The cowboys would drop their matches around where they were smoking. Since I was small and close to the ground I could see them; so I would pick them up. I always had some matches stashed away somewhere, because I liked to get off by myself and build a fire. Well, this one particularly cold January morning just before my fifth birthday in March, I was still in bed asleep when Mama called me to get up. “Lora B., Lora B., It’s time to get up. We have a lot to do today. You’ve got to get in some wood for me to heat the wash pot.” Oh, how I hated to get out of that nice warm bed, because I knew it was awful cold going across that back porch to get to the kitchen. We had a porch on both sides of the dining room, and the only way to get back to the kitchen was to go across one of these porches. Mama had a big wood stove back there with a fire going in it and biscuits in the oven; so I just made a dash for the kitchen. And Mama was waiting, with my clothes all warmed up by the wood stove. We always had oatmeal and biscuits, every morning. If you have never eaten oatmeal all spooned over your biscuits you don’t know what you are missing. That’s the best stuff in the world. We had oatmeal with fresh rich cream from our cow, Ol’ Bean. The other children had left for school an hour earlier, by horseback. I looked forward to the time when I too would make the five mile ride to the little three-room school house. It was lonely being left at home with no one to play with. Saturday was my favorite day, then I had someone to turn the rope for me to jump and someone to practice yodels with. But it was five more days until Saturday, so I didn’t have anybody to play with. I had a little brother, almost one year old, but he wasn’t big enough to go outside and play yet. So he was there in the baby bed. “Lots of work to do,” Mama told me, “Don’t dawdle, there’s lots of work to be done today.” My job was to carry wood to keep the fire going under the big black iron wash pot, while my mama punched the clothes with an ol’ broom handle and lifted them into the galvanized wash tub, where she would scrub them on the rub board. Mama had all the family laundry sorted out there on the ground, she had a pile of sheets, a pile of colored clothes, a pile of towels, a pile of shirts and everything like that.

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by Lora B. Garrison

I carried in wood for a while until I thought I had about enough wood gathered. Then I lay down on the pile of sheets that were waiting to be washed, watching the sky I tried to find fleecy lambs in the clouds. Well, that was what I was adoing. The sun felt good, but soon I felt cold and moved back near the wash pot to warm myself by the fire, pulling my red coat closer around me and buttoning it up to the collar. I got it new that year for Christmas, not a hand-me-down, and after a week the pride in possessing such a beautiful coat was still fresh. I smiled as I spread my hands across the front and felt the soft fabric. A flock of Canada Geese honked overhead, circling as if they had lost their leader and didn’t know which way to go. As I watched them head off for the south, my mama said, “Sure feels like there is a Blue Norther coming in right on their tails.” The geese slowly disappeared off over the south field where I could see Au¬thur, my oldest brother, plowing with Big Gus our mule pulling. Authur liked to tease and play games with us smaller children. He often carried me around on his shoulders, depositing me on high places. Then, stepping back, he would tell me to jump! I had jumped from just about every high place on the ranch, except the barn and the windmill. He would have had me jump from there too, but Mama wouldn’t let him. She had already told him I was too little to jump from that high up. Papa rode up on his saddle horse; he had been out early checking on the livestock. Mama and Papa discussed the weather, “Well, Mama, looks like we are going to have a mighty cold winter. I expect it’s going to be one of the coldest we’ve had for a long time. Those geese are in a mighty hurry to get where it’s warm.’’ Mama nodded in agreement, “Yeah, I’m thankful we had good crops and See Barn Burned, page 42


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Barn Burned ~ from page 40 the barn is full of hay. There will be plenty for the animals to eat.” While they were talking and their attention was on the wash, I wandered off to the barn. Another one of my jobs was to gather eggs. I liked to gather the eggs. When I reached the barn’s big front entry, loose hay was scattered about on the ground where some of the animals had been fed the night before. Gathering up a bunch of hay and placing it in a pile, I reached into my coverall’s pocket to find a match I had hidden there. Of course, matches were forbidden to four-year-olds; but today I thought a little fire to warm my hands by won’t hurt. As the hay burned very hot, I soon became too warm and took my red coat off, hanging it on a nail on the wall. This was a big ol’ barn with an open front on it, and a loft upstairs. I remember it was just full of hay; all the fall crops were stored in it. A brand new Model-T Ford was in there, some horses, cows, chickens and just all kinds of animals. It was a big barn, a big three-story barn with a big loft. Of course, you know, they had been feeding the animals in there, and the hay was just all over the ground. Climbing the stairs to the barn loft I startled a chicken, and she flew from her nest. Leaving that nest full of eggs to collect later, I crawled into a tunnel that went deep into the stacked hay (that was meant as a vent to let the heat out). This was my favorite place to play, a hideaway from the world. The chickens had made nests in the hay tunnel, and I found exactly 14 eggs there. Counting the eggs and playing like it was Easter, time passed quickly, but I had stayed in there for a long time. In a little while, I got too warm and began the crawl back to the opening in the hay; but when I got there, I found fire all around me. The little fire I had left unattended had caught in the scattered hay and now it was filling the barn with flames and smoke. I thought, oh my goodness; I’ve got to get out of here. I tried to go back down the stairs, but I couldn’t get down them. I walked over to the big closed window that was used to hoist the hay up into the loft, and tried to push it open. I was thinking it would be better to jump out and break my neck when I hit the ground than to stay here and burn up alive. I knew it would be bad to burn up alive; I probably had been warned about it. I pushed and pushed, but I wasn’t big enough and I wasn’t strong enough and I couldn’t budge the heavy wooden window. Then I started calling out for help. Even though Mama and Papa weren’t more than 30 feet away, the barn muffled the sounds of my cries, and they didn’t hear me. Once, Mama asked Papa, “Did you hear something? Sounds like someone calling,” “It’s just a hen cackling out in the barn,” Papa answered. Desperately, I tried to go down the stairs, which were n-w burning, but the heat waves were so intense I could only force my way a few feet. I was still carrying an egg in each hand; I never did let go of them.

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The heat waves were all coming up those stairs, and I was trying to force my way down. And those heat waves were burning me. I put my hands up over my eyes to keep them from stinging and tried again. The backs of my hands were burned very badly and the rest of my face. I guess if I hadn’t put my hands over my eyes I probably would be blind today; because it burned my skin real deep, that skin never did heal on the back of my hand. I tried the window a second time and was beginning to cry. Well, there I was in some predicament, wasn’t I? When Authur turned the plow at the end of the row and started back toward the house, he saw the smoke from the barn. He knew immediately his small sister was responsible. Hadn’t he taken matches from her just yesterday? Dropping the reins, he started running as fast as he could across that plowed field, and shouting to get someone’s attention. Mama and Papa heard the shouts and ran out from the wash shed to see what he was shouting about. Then they saw the barn in flames. No one had to tell them who started the fire either. Authur reached the open front of the barn and the first thing he saw was my little red coat. Then he knew for sure I was in there. He didn’t have much hope of getting me out. But he began calling, “Lora B, Lora B! Where are you?” Perhaps he really didn’t expect an answer, but there just above the burning hay appeared my small frightened face. Quickly he began climbing up the side of the stacked hay bales, wondering if he could reach me. He could only go about half way up; then he remembered how many times he had told me to jump to him. Authur shouted, “JUMP!” Once was enough, I jumped through the flames. He was holding on with one arm and he caught me in the other. He got me down out of there and I was so happy to be saved. But I wasn’t happy long. When Authur reached safety with me, he turned me over his knee and gave See Barn Burned, page 44


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Barn Burned ~ from page 42 me the gosh awfulest whipping I ever had in my life. They had all worked hard to put up that hay; and he knew it was all going to be gone. There wasn’t any way once that barn got started burning they would be able to put it out. Authur scolded and sent me to the house. “And stay there,” he told me. I went to the house, I remember crawling up on my Mama’s bed, and realizing for the first time that I still held the two eggs in my hands, and they weren’t broken. I lay there and cried while my baby brother watched me with eyes of wonder from his baby bed.

Neighbors’ Help

The smoke had been seen for miles, and the neighbors began arriving to help. Our closest neighbors, the George Hoovers, arrived with my playmate, Burns Hoover. Someone cut a hole in the end of the barn and pulled out a few bales of hay. The men formed a bucket brigade from the water tank and tried to put out the fire, but it was of no use. The fire didn’t burn out until a week later. Many chickens, horses and cows as well as the new Model T Ford were lost, along with this year’s crops and my new red coat. In my child’s mind, I didn’t realize the loss this fire represented. It was years later before I realized fully what a lose this day had meant for my family. When Mama finally came to the house to see about me, the pain from my burned hands, face and body had already become intense. My eyes had been protected by my hands, which were closed tightly over the two eggs. The backs of my hands were burned the deepest. Mama used the last of an ointment she had on my face and desperately searched for something to use to stop the pain of my burned hands and the rest of my body. Then she got an idea. There were several gallons of black strap molasses put up in the fall, perhaps this would do. But how could she get it to cover all the burns, and keep it there? Then she thought of the galvanized washtub. While she cut my clothes off, she had someone go for the tub, and put it in the back yard. And Mama sent someone else for the molasses. Mama put me in that washtub in the middle of the back yard, and she poured molasses all over me. Of course it cut the air off and that stopped the pain. I have wondered how in the world they ever got the molasses off of me; that stuff sticks like glue. So there I sat in that washtub while Mama kept pouring those molasses, until finally I was looking just like Tar Baby in those “Uncle Remus Tales.”

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About the author Lora

Camp Wood/Barksdale

B. Garrison

Lora B. Davis Garrison, a native of Uvalde County, Texas, was

a historian, a storyteller, rancher, newspaper columnist and folklorist. Born and raised a Texas ranch girl, without electricity or running water, learned to cook on a wood stove, chopped wood and hauled water. She rode horseback to a three-room schoolhouse; and was descended from 1821 settlers in Red River County, and the Texas Hill Country. Lora B. traveled the world with her late husband, Col. Roger William Garrison, during his 30 year career with the U.S. Air Force. They raised their five children in locations such as Guam, France, Texas A&M, Washington, D.C., Bangkok, Thailand, and US. She and Roger moved back to the Hill Country near Garner State Park in 1972 when he retired. After the death of her mother at the age of 93 in 1978 (a true pioneer woman), Lora B. became concerned about the stories being lost. She began collecting Oral Histories from contemporaries of her mother in 1979. A collection of her stories appeared in her twice-weekly columns “My Stomping Grounds,” in the Uvalde Leader newspaper for 10 years. Lora B. became a wonderful storyteller, sharing pioneer stories at schools, libraries and events, including the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio for more than 11 years. She lived on the family ranch where she grew up, between Utopia and Rio Frio, Texas, until she was 87; writing, passing on history and telling stories. Lora B. passed away in November 2017. She loved people and adventure, and she never met a stranger. Lora B. is missed by family and friends around the world.

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Visit Bandera Cowboy Capital of the world

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or generations, Bandera, Texas, has been making dreams of being a “cowboy” come true. In Bandera, you can ride horses, explore a dude ranch, try some rope tricks, tell tales around a campfire, yee-haw at a rodeo, or sit around the campfire and count the stars. If you are planning to visit just for the day, don’t miss the Bandera Cattle Company’s entertaining gun shows each Saturday at noon and at 2 pm in the back yard of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Kids can be deputized as official Deputies of the Bandera Cattle Company. Saturday afternoons, enjoy Cowboys on Main with horses, chuck wagons and strolling singers. Take a wagon ride through town or have your photo taken on the back of a Longhorn (mid-March through December). If you want excitement, visit the Wild Hog Explosion in March, the last weekend of spring break. You haven’t lived until you caught a wild hog! The end of May kicks off the Summer Rodeo series with a Funtier Day Parade, Arts and Craft show and a PRCA May 26-27, 2018. Rodeo season continues with weekly rodeos all summer long. The ultimate riverside picnic at Bandera Riverfest features

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A Longhorn cattle drive right down Main Street in Bandera. Photo courtesy Celebrate Bandera.

a rodeo—but on the river! You can enter the Riverfest Regatta with anything that floats except a boat! The fun day at the river June 30, 2018, includes a Lone Star BBQ Cook-off, arts, See Visit Bandera, page 47


Visit Bandera ~ from page 46 Bandera is all about the cowboy, so it is the place to be for The National Day of the American Cowboy July 28, 2018, on the Courthouse lawn. Gunfights, music and western art will be showcased. And don’t miss the ultimate cowboy event Labor Day weekend — Experience Bandera — featuring a Longhorn Cattle Drive, arts and crafts fair and a Ranch Rodeo and Cowboy Mounted Shooters, mutton bustin’ and the Lone Star BBQ Cook off, too. Holidays in Bandera include the Cowboy Capital Christmas, a parade and a Shoppers Jubilee! Lighted Christmas trees and displays in City Park, Singing in the Saddle (caroling from horseback and wagon) and festive fun! FYI • For more information and complete details about these and many other Bandera events and attractions, visit www. BanderaCowboyCapital.com.

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by Suzy Moehring Mallard

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all n the Hill Country River Region is one of the best times for you and yours to get out and about — with amazing views, birding, museums, golf, helicopter rides, hiking and much more. And if you’re up for a little driving, here are just a few of the many fun family day trips you can easily make from the River Region.

Graff 7A Ranch Corn Maze in Hondo Hondo is the home of the South Texas Maize – get it? A corn maze. Open weekends in the fall, there is so much more to do than try to find your way out of a 7-acre maze, although that could keep kids and grownups occupied for a while. You can also pick out pumpkins, jump on giant pillows, slide down a corn mountain, take a hayride, ride a cattle train, sit by a campfire. This huge corn maze is part of the 7A Ranch, a working cattle ranch where Ken and Laurie Graff are the fifth generation to live and work on the ranch. The corn maze is really sorghum that grows about 12 feet high. Last year’s maze, a tribute to the military, was divided into two parts and took 15 to 30 minutes to walk each part. Other maze themes have been Girl Scouts, NBA Spurs, Longhorns and Aggies, Hondo Owls – wonder what this year’s maze theme will be? The South Texas Maize at Graff 7A Ranch is at 911 U.S. Highway

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90 East in Hondo. Bring your own food, or buy food at the Maize. And your well behaved dog on a leash is welcome. Pluswhich, the maze is wheelchair friendly. Ticket info and events at southtexasmaize.com or 830-741-3968. In the fall, y’all. Photo courtesy South Texas Maize. Bats at Devil’s Sinkhole in Rocksprings Devil’s Sinkhole may be the largest single-chamber cavern in Texas – a 50-foot wide opening gives into a 140-foot shaft that drops into a 320foot diameter cavern with a total depth of more than 350 feet. The cavern is enormous and is home to one of Texas’s largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats. From late spring through early fall more than 3 million bats leave the sinkhole every evening. The Devil’s Sinkhole Society offers evening tours to see the massive bat colony as well as nature walks, birding walks, day tours to see the sinkhole, and motorcycle tours. I’m telling you, fall hikes and bird walks might be the way to go. All tours begin at the Rocksprings Visitors Center in Rocksprings on the square – and this is the only way to visit the sinkhole. Make reservations in advance by calling 830-683-2287. Reservations required – even if the bats have left the batcave. Photo © Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Texas’ oldest operating Theater in Uvalde Uvalde’s Grand Opera House on North West Street, built in 1891, is the oldest theater in Texas. The Grand Opera House is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The two-story Romanesque style theater quickly became a social center in Uvalde and a leading venue in the area for plays and musicals and cultural events. Uvalde Grand Opera House was renovated in 1982 and is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. Call 830-278-4184 for more information. Photo courtesy Grand Opera House.


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Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino EAGLE PASS H Just a short drive from the River Region, you will find Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel, proudly owned and operated by the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas. The biggest casino in Texas with 24-hour gaming excitement features more than 3,300 slots including an all-new High Limit Room, a private poker room and live bingo. Guests can dine at one of the six restaurants and enjoy live entertainment at ¿Qué Pasa? The full-service hotel offers 249 spacious suites and guest rooms with views of the Rio Grande and surrounding South Texas landscape. Photo courtesy Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino. Lucky Eagle Casino is at 749 Lucky Eagle Drive, Eagle Pass, Texas 78852. Military, AARP and extended stay discounts are available. Call 830-773-2255, email info@klecasino.com or visit www.luckyeagletexas. com for more information.

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Rick Taylor

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even more Sabinal Wild Hog Fest

fun!

Motorcycle Museum The Lone Star Motorcycle Museum, four miles north of Vanderpool, is open Friday through Sunday (March to November) from 10 am to 4 pm. The museum features an impressive display of machines from around the world, dating from the 1910s to modern day. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 ages 65 and up. Visitors 15 and under and 90 years and up get in free. Groups of 10 or more are $6 each; active military and spouse $5 each. Photo courtesy Lone Star Motorcycle Museum.

Photo courtesy VisitUvaldeCounty.com.

March 30- April 1

Sabinal Wild Hog Festival

27th annual celebration brings together the best of the region — wild hog chasing, arts and crafts, games and rides, and plenty of authentic Texas BBQ. wildhogfestival.com

The Lone Star Motorcycle Museum is located at 36517 Highway 187, less than one mile south of Lost Maples State Natural Area (also on Highway 187). For more information, visit the web site at lonestarmotorcyclemuseum.com, 830-966-6103.

March 31

Fenders & Food Trucks on the Frio

Car show in Concan for the best-of-the-best from classics to currents for cars, trucks, motorcycles, performance cars and tractors, plus food trucks, live entertainment and more. visituvaldecounty.com.

May 5

Cinco de Mayo: River Road Market

Enjoy food, local craft vendors, live music and fun attractions for all ages at Andy’s in Concan. visituvaldecounty.com.

November 3

Annual Arts & Crafts Fall Fair

Utopia Town Square on FM 187. More than 60 booths with handmade items cover entire town square. Free admission. facebook.com/Utopia-Arts-Crafts-Fall-Fair.

November 24

Christmas in Concan

Andy’s on River Road in Concan. VisitUvaldeCounty.com.

July 4

November 24

At dark in Utopia Park on FM 1050.

friocanyonchamber.com

Utopia Parade & Fireworks

July 7

July Jubilee in Leakey friocanyonchamber.com

Christmas on the Square in Leakey

Utopia Arts & Crafts Fall Fair

September 8 Frio River Trash Bash

Kayak, tube, swim or walk while picking up trash in and along the Frio River. Sign up for certain stretches of river. Meet that evening for free BBQ & prizes. txrivers.org.

October 6

Fall on the Frio & Pumpkin Patch

Andy’s on River Road in Concan. VisitUvaldeCounty.com.

November 3 - December 10

Festivity of Lights in Leakey friocanyonchamber.com

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Uvalde

Starr Taylor-Matthews

Broker-Owner, REALTOR, ABR, SRS® President, Uvalde Board of Realtors 830-261-1970

Buying or Selling... Relax while we handle the rest Yvonne Davenport 830-486-8200 Nikki Benavidez 830-513-8946 Christy Cortez 830-275-8816

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You can count on us for the specialized care you need, with the local convenience you deserve. • • • • • • • •

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Uvalde Memorial Hospital 1025 Garner Field Road • Uvalde, TX 78801 • (830) 278-6251 • www.umhtx.org

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Rocksprings

Miss Buffy’s Specializing in

Land Sales

Greene Realty

custom ammo casing keepsake jewelry goat milk soap & lotions twisted x boots anza knives

missbuffys.com 211 W. Main St. • Rocksprings, TX • 830-507-9171

Chantz & Jodie Greene

830-683-4203 Greene-Realty.com 414 W. Main St. • Rocksprings, TX

Beauty all around the Hill Country River Region.

Photo courtesy Nueces Canyon Chamber of Commerce.

Western Hill Country Realty Quality Ranches • Year-Round Hunting

830-683-4435

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Shop our large selection of Swimsuits * Board shorts Sandals * Custom T’s Summer Apparel & More! We have Tube Rentals!

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For all your Frio needs!

Fuel & Diesel • Specialty Meats T-Shirts • Hot Deli • Pizza Firewood • Tubes • Swimwear Open 7 Days a Week Year Round!

830-232-6414

@ intersection of Highways 83 & 127 in Concan

Mill Wheel on the Nueces Guest Cottages Vacation Time in Beautiful Camp Wood, Texas!

P.O. Box 279 • Camp Wood, TX 78833 For more information, call 830-597-2310

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Woodbine Inn For a peaceful stay, this is the place!

214 S. Nueces St. • Camp Wood, TX 78833 For more information, call 830-597-2310

For more information, visit us online at www.CampWoodLodging.com


ON THE FRIO

River Rim Resort, a hidden gem in the Texas Hill Country, provides guests with a cluster of cabins accented with a European flair and ten shady RV sites. The Spring at the Rim, a beautifully landscaped complex with pool and patio area, is a charming venue for private parties, wedding receptions, family reunions or corporate retreats. The Rim and its five sister resorts offer a signature style of accommodations. These resorts are open all year and provide the perfect home away from home getaways.

River Rim Resort 1204 CR 350

Indian Springs Lodges 1586 CR 348

The Overlook at River’s Edge 2039 CR 350

RiverGate Cabins 2020 CR 350

Lost Canyon Retreat

River’s Edge Cabins 2039 CR 350

RiverStone Cabins

2785 RR 1050

89 Roy Chisum Rd, Leakey, TX

Firewater

Frio’s North Star

1104 CR 350

883 CR 350

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Welcome to the Hill Country River Region, 2018 edition  

Your guide to the Texas Hill Country River Region. Dining, shopping, events, activities, lodging and more in Concan, Leakey, Utopia, Vanderp...

Welcome to the Hill Country River Region, 2018 edition  

Your guide to the Texas Hill Country River Region. Dining, shopping, events, activities, lodging and more in Concan, Leakey, Utopia, Vanderp...