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The experience of Garison Park is not a typical one. The address isn’t public, there is no sign designating the entrance, and the only way you can get there is if you know the right people…which is us! Once you are inside the grounds, you will pull into an open field, but just walk 50 yards from the entrance and you will feel like you are in the middle of a Texas forest. You will be surrounded by lush green vegetation and tall heritage oak trees that you can see all the way to the slight glisten of water from Onion Creek. With over 40 acres of untouched nature, you will have plenty to explore in this hidden gem.
Explorers can enjoy over a mile of carved out hiking trails with plenty of natural features to get you in the hiking spirit. Pack your tackle box to enjoy a long afternoon fishing from the spring fed creek either on the shore or from your kayak. (Please note, to motorized watercraft are allowed and you enter and exit the water from the Garrison Park property only.) For the bird watchers out there, this park is located in the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion which is home to 431 species and if you are lucky you might spot a rare bird!
The parkland was purchased back in 2015 because of its beautiful amenities and potential for connectivity to City Park and Stagecoach Park. Plans for development will enhance the natural features by adding a fishing dock, a kayak launch and designated swimming hole. (Please note, at this time there is no swimming allowed.) What you see today is thanks to the hard work from volunteers and the parks staff who worked to carve out the best path for you to enjoy.
Ready to get out and explore!? To get access and directions to the park, you have to make a reservation here. The park is only open to 50 people per day, but you have 7 days a week from dawn till dusk to get your slot. See you on the trail!