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The Best Nature Tours Near Frio Country Resort

The Best Nature Tours Near Frio Country Resort

Tucked within the picturesque Texas Hill Country and next to the serene Frio River, Frio Country Resort provides an excellent base while you explore the natural wonders of the region. Knowledgeable guides welcome you on nature tours, eager to share the secrets of the flora, fauna, and geological formations in the Texas Hill Country. Whether you’re an avid birdwatcher, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From the moment you arrive at your lodging at Frio Country Resort, you’ll be greeted by the warm hospitality and laid-back charm that define this beloved retreat.

Our 6 Favorite Local Nature Tours of the Texas Hill Country

1. Hill Country Nature Quest: Join the tours led by Nature Quest, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics related to Texas Hill Country’s diverse wildlife. You’ll get to explore and discover various bird species, including bluebirds, small cavity nesters, and raptors. You’ll also learn about medicinal plants, bats, hummingbirds, butterflies, insects, champion big trees, native plants, natural history,  wildflowers, invasive plants, and how to make your backyard a wildlife habitat.

2. Frio Bat Flight: Experience the Frio Bat Flight Tour in Texas and witness millions of Mexican free-tailed bats taking to the sky. This cave is open to the public and has the second-largest population of bats in the world. Watch for other wildlife, including Cave Swallows, Rock and Canyon Wrens, and ring-tailed cats and skunks. You may even witness several species of raptors swooping in to catch their prey amidst the swirl of bats.

3. Birding Nestbox Tours: The Bluebird Trail consists of 30 nest boxes and six viewing stations. Each viewing station has benches and provides an excellent opportunity to observe small cavity nesters. These include Ash-throated Flycatchers, Eastern Bluebirds, Bewick’s Wren, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Chickadees, and their nests, eggs, or baby birds. On the bird nest tour, you will have the opportunity to observe the nest boxes and learn how to distinguish between different types of nests, eggs, and fledglings.

4. Birding Trail Tours: Explore the 250-acre Indian Blanket Ranch on guided walking nature tours, birding by chair, or in an open six-passenger touring golf cart. The ranch’s nature trails have 123 bird species, including White-tailed Kites, Long-billed Thrashers, and Cassin’s Vireo. Keep your camera and binoculars handy to spot rare specialty birds and butterflies, white-tailed and Axis deer, lizards, and other critters.

5. Champion Big Trees Tours: These guided walking and driving nature tours allow you to see National Champion Big Trees on private properties and ranches. Along the way, your guides will point out critters, birds, plants, and flowers.

6. Nature by Kayak Tours: Discover the stunning beauty of the Frio River on a 3-4 hour kayaking nature tour. Please note that the tour organizers do not provide kayaks. However, they will be happy to assist you in finding a rental location for your kayak and transportation. If you are new to kayaking, they will also provide instructions on paddling and maneuvering your kayak.

Enjoy a Texas Hill Country nature tour then return to your ideal lodging at Frio Country Resort!

Enjoy Affordable Family Getaways in the Texas Hill Country

Enjoy Affordable Family Getaways in the Texas Hill Country

Visit Frio Country Resort in the Texas Hill Country for the best budget-friendly family getaways with outdoor activities and beautiful natural surroundings. Guests can choose from various accommodations, including cabins and spacious vacation homes, each equipped with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay by the Frio River. We also have a lovely array of RV sites. Book your stay now and enjoy cozy accommodations, breathtaking scenery, and abundant activities you and your family will cherish forever. 

Top 4 Local Activities for Affordable Family Getaways

1. Float the Frio River: Experience the serenity of floating down the scenic Frio River on a rented inner tube or kayak. This is a refreshing and budget-friendly way to unwind amidst the tranquility of the outdoors during family getaways in the Texas Hill Country. Local outfitters like Josh’s Frio River Outfitter, Neal’s Lodges, Happy Hollow Frio River Outfitters, and Andy’s on River Road are ready to assist you in making the most of this serene experience. 

2. Hiking at Garner State Park: Explore the numerous Garner State Park trails offering breathtaking Texas Hill Country landscape vistas. Check out the White Rock Cave trail for a peaceful and easy Garner State Park hiking trail. It’s .6 miles out and back and takes an average of 25 minutes to complete. Or take the Mount Ol’ Baldy Trail if you want more of a challenge and a breathtaking view of the Frio River. Garner State Park is a memorable and unique activity for family getaways that won’t break the bank. 

3. Visiting Lost Maples State Natural Area: While a bit farther away, Lost Maples State Natural Area offers beautiful fall foliage and hiking trails, perfect for a day trip from Concan during family getaways. Lost Maples State Natural Area offers a serene and immersive experience for a fishing trip amidst the rugged beauty of Texas Hill Country. Lost Maples State Natural Area offers captivating bird watching experiences with diverse avian habitats in the Texas Hill Country. Listen to the enchanting songs of colorful songbirds like painted buntings, golden-cheeked warblers, and black-capped vireos.

4. Explore the Frio Bat Cave: Immerse yourself in an educational and thrilling experience at the Frio Bat Cave during your family getaways. On a guided tour, witness the largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in Texas emerge at dusk. Gain a better understanding of their role in our ecosystem during family getaways. Choose one of the Frio Bat Cave tours to enrich your knowledge about these fascinating creatures.

Frio Country Resort offers affordable family getaways in the Texas Hill Country. Book your trip to make memories that will last a lifetime!

Explore the Lost Maples State Natural Area

Explore the Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples State Natural Area, nestled in the Texas Hill Country, is a treasure chest of unique beauty that transforms each season. In autumn, the landscape bursts into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and yellows, drawing visitors from all corners. Spring brings a carpet of wildflowers, while summer offers a cool sanctuary under the shade of majestic trees. Your gateway to this natural wonder is Frio Country Resort, one of the best places to stay near Lost Maples State Park. Situated along the Frio River, this delightful retreat offers a range of comfortable options, from lavish cabins to vacation homes and spacious RV sites, making it the perfect base for your Texas Hill Country adventures.

Take a Hike Through Lost Maples State Natural Area

Embarking on a hike in Lost Maples State Park is an exhilarating adventure, akin to stepping into a postcard of the picturesque Texas Hill Country. With over 10 miles of trails to explore, there’s something for every hiker. The hiking loop leads to a breathtaking 2,200-foot cliff, offering a challenging yet rewarding experience. The East Trail treats hikers to panoramic views and a glimpse of the spring-fed Sabinal River, while the Maple Trail is a short and easy hike that showcases the unique bigtooth maple trees. The West Trail leads to the cool and shady Mystic Canyon area, a haven of stunning views. 

Enjoy Fishing in the Sabinal River or Can Creek

Planning a fishing trip in Lost Maples State Natural Area offers a serene and immersive experience amidst the rugged beauty of the Texas Hill Country. The Sabinal River, which winds its way through the heart of Lost Maples State Park, is the primary fishing destination within the park. It’s clear, cool waters are home to various fish species, making it a favorite fishing spot for both novice and seasoned anglers alike. You can also cast a line in Can Creek. A big perk of fishing in Lost Maples State Park is that you do not need to get a fishing license when fishing from a pier or shore in a Texas state park or natural area.

Texas Hill Country Birding in Lost Maples State Natural Area

Bird watching in Lost Maples State Natural Area is a captivating and enchanting adventure, drawing enthusiasts from far and wide to immerse themselves in the diverse avian habitats of the Texas Hill Country. Vibrant songbirds such as painted buntings, golden-cheeked warblers, and black-capped vireos fill the air with their enchanting songs. You can download the Field Checklist PDF for more information on the birds in Lost Maples State Park.

After a day of exploration, return to the Frio Country Resort to unwind and recharge!

Book Your Stay for the Frio River Music Fest

Book Your Stay for the Frio River Music Fest

Staying at Frio Country Resort for the Frio River Music Fest is like stepping into an immersive experience where the soothing sounds of the river harmonize with the melodies of live music, creating an atmosphere of pure enchantment. Our Frio River resort boasts a charming blend of lodging options from cozy cabins, RV sites, and spacious home rentals, each providing a comfortable retreat after a day filled with music and adventure.

Experience Music Festivals in the Texas Hill Country

The Frio River Music Fest is a celebration of music, community, and the great outdoors held near the scenic banks of the Frio River in Texas. This lively festival brings together musicians and music lovers from all walks of life for a weekend of unforgettable performances, relaxation, and fun. Attendees are able to escape the daily stressors of everyday life and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature while enjoying a lively lineup of musical acts.

Join in the 2024 Frio River Music Fest

When: March 14-16, 2024

Where: House Pasture Cattle Company

2024 Frio River Music Fest Performers 

Pat Green: Join in the fun of watching this Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter from Texas.

Ryan Bingham: Enjoy a musical performance of multiple genres at the Frio River Music Fest. 

Josh Abbott Band: Dance the night away with this band that originated in Texas.

Ticket/Pass Options 

The VIP pass amenities include having access to the Honky Tonk VIP Trailer, a private bar, a side stage view, an outdoor seating lounge area, snacks, and private restroom facilities. The cost for VIP passes does not include the ticket price. Below are the ticket and pass prices for the 2024 Frio River Music Fest: 

– Three Day Admission – $120

– Three-Day VIP Pass – $350

– Pat Green Single Day Admission – $35

– Pat Green VIP Pass – $150

– Ryan Bingham Single Day Admission – $50

– Ryan Bingham VIP Pass – $200

– Josh Abbott Band Single Day Admission – $35 

– Josh Abbott Band VIP Pass – $150

Find your home away from home at Frio Country Resort while you’re in town for the Frio River Music Fest!

Book Your Stay for the Total Solar Eclipse in Texas

Book Your Stay for the Total Solar Eclipse in Texas

Watching a total solar eclipse by the Texas Frio River is an awe-inspiring experience that immerses you in the indescribable beauty of the universe. Witnessing such an otherworldly event at a place like Frio Country Resort, nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, adds an extra dose of magic and enchantment. Our cabins and other lodging options on or near the Frio River are among the best places to stay for the total solar eclipse. With over 30 acres along the Frio River and over 35 years of experience welcoming guests to our slice of paradise, you are sure to create memories you will cherish for a lifetime!

Why the Total Solar Eclipse in 2024 Is a Must-See Event

There are four different types of solar eclipses, where the moon casts a dark shadow on the Earth that either partially or completely covers the sun as people on Earth observe it. Witnessing a total solar eclipse is an ethereal experience where the sun is completely covered. Total solar eclipses happen roughly once every 18 months but can only be seen in certain locations. Garner State Park in the Concan, TX, area is one of the best spots to see the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

View the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in the Texas Hill Country

Book your stay at Frio Country Resort to get a front row seat to the 2024 total solar eclipse in the enchanting Texas Hill Country. You can visit the Great American Eclipse website for more information on upcoming solar eclipses and safety practices. One of the most important safety precautions you can take is to protect your eyes with eclipse glasses

Stay at Frio Country Resort for the Total Solar Eclipse

Whether you’re passionate about astronomy or simply someone looking to witness a rare and magical event, Frio Country Resort provides the perfect setting for experiencing the awe-inspiring spectacle of a total solar eclipse in the Texas Hill Country. Those who witness the total solar eclipse at Frio Country Resort, will have memories of the total solar eclipse that will linger on. This experience will be a reminder of the wonder and beauty of the universe that will be treasured forever. 

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