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Editor’s Note: Flow Away

June 27, 2023 | By Emily Roberts Stone

The undercurrent of this month’s river stories is the tenuous stability of our beloved waterways. A combination of factors, including drought, population growth, and water rights issues, threatens the viability of some of the state’s most popular swimming holes and rivers.

The Rivers Take You Home

June 27, 2023 | By Kimberly Garza

As Drought Sets in Across Texas, Expect a Bumpy Tubing Season

July 29, 2022 | By Amelia Nonemacher

My Favorite Texas Trip: The Time I Got Pulled Over at Gunpoint on I-10 Outside of Sealy

May 20, 2020 | By John Nova Lomax

“How had it come to this? What had I done?”
These were the thoughts flashing through my mind as I found myself on the shoulder of Interstate 10 outside of Sealy one summer day in 2005, on my knees, hands clasped behind my head, staring up at the barrels of not one but two guns.

Fall Really Does Happen in Texas – You Just Have to Know Where to Look

September 23, 2019 | By

Mother Nature’s autumnal coloration of leaves before she applies her cruel winter grip is a visual gift typically associated with areas of the country that actually experience four distinct seasons. In Texas, where for the most part it’s oppressively hot and dry in September and October, green can abruptly give way to brown, without displaying even a hint of the kaleidoscope of oranges, reds, and yellows typical of a postcard New England fall. There are hidden pockets of the state, however, where the trees, beneficiaries of just the right weather conditions, offer one final, dramatic blush. Follow our photographers to these special places for some of the best foliage in the state—from the Nolan River in North Texas and Garner State Park in the Hill Country, to the Canadian River in the Panhandle and Guadalupe Mountains
National Park in West Texas.

Summer for Procrastinators: Medina River

July 18, 2019 | By Jacqueline Aguirre

If you didn’t start thinking about your summer plans in February, don’t fret.

Frio 101: Everything You Need to Know for a Trip to Texas’ Favorite River

July 8, 2019 | By Joe Nick Patoski

If you love Texas outdoors, how could you not know the Frio?
Well, maybe you’re one of the millions of newcomers who just got to Texas. Or perhaps you’ve lived in Texas your entire life and, unlike all those people whose families have been vacationing on the Frio for generations, you have no clue what or where they are talking about. Never stepped foot in Garner State Park? Think Concan is in Mexico? Well, pull up a chair and scoot closer.

A Road Trip to Utopia, Complete with Wildflowers and the Rugged Wonders of the Hill Country

May 23, 2019 | By

Garner State Park, Lost Maples State Natural Area, and the surrounding Hill Country take you away from it all in the May edition of “A Piece of Texas” video series.

Floating the Frio in Garner State Park

May 8, 2019 | By

With hotter temperatures coming, the aptly named Frio River attracts tubers, including these local students toting inner tubes at Garner State Park near Concan. The popular park, which reaches capacity daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, is one of several put-in sites along the clear, spring-fed waterway. Andy’s on River Road, Josh’s Frio River Outfitters, Happy Hollow Store, and other outfitters rent tubes and offer shuttles to and from additional access points. Or stay on the water at Neal’s Lodges, Frio Country Resort, or Seven Bluff Cabins. No matter where you decide to drop in, the Frio promises ice-cold waters and a fun way to laze away the summer.

Find Huge Burgers and Chill Vibes at Hippie Chic’s River Shack Next to the Frio River

June 27, 2018 | By Paula Disbrowe

Rayann Shudde, left, and Terri Archer opened Hippie Chic’s River Shack near Garner State Park three years ago.When Terri Archer and Rayann Shudde purchased one and a half acres near Garner State Park in 2015, they intended to open a business renting out tubes for lazy floats on the Frio River in Concan. One day, their landscaper commented on the lack of good food in the area, Archer recalls: “He said he put himself through college flipping burgers out here and suggested we do the same.”

Nine-river Day

April 18, 2017 | By Matt Joyce

There’s something about the summer solstice that inspires adventure. As the official start of summer and the longest day of the year, the solstice illuminates a world of possibility with more than 14 hours of daylight.

Amazing Altitudes

June 16, 2014 | By Lori Moffatt

One of the greatest values of travel is that it affords us a new perspective on the world.

Follow the Frio: Swim, Hike, and Dance Your Troubles Away in the Frio Canyon

May 8, 2013 | By Matt Joyce

As I climbed down from the Quarter Horse, it occurred to me that the Hill Country trail ride had been the perfect way to ease into my visit to the Frio Canyon area

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