Does get crowded on holidays and on weekends in the summer.
Wow! I skipped right over your comment. So here's a response, almost six months late: it depends.
It can get pretty crowded in the summer or on nice weather holidays. When I was there for spring break a couple years ago, it was misty and kinda rainy. Consequentially, we had the park entirely to ourselves (except for the goats). If you want solitude, you can definitely find it, just try to go midweek and during the off season. During peak crowds, they do limit the number of vehicles inside the park.
about places like this in the hill country of Texas from those who once lived there so your write-up is a nice overview of a park there. I feel like I could use it to plan a visit.
Glad to help. Garner is one of several parks right close to one another so you can camp at one place and hit a few others.
lives up to its Cold River name. It has some great spots for swimming in the pleasantly cool water.
It was really cold when I was there. There might be a picture of me trying to run to a little island on the main page.
We did it as a family spring break trip a couple of years ago and I'd like to get back down there soon. I think that we actually did that scramble. The signs said Baldy was closed and we said "forget that" and went up anyways. Thanks and I'll link that page tonight.