Frio River: A Texas Oasis Awaits

The Frio River, winding through the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is not just any waterway. It is an escape, a scenic wonderland, and a haven for adventure seekers and relaxation enthusiasts alike. Here is a glimpse into what awaits you:

Cool Waters and Lush Greenery:

  • Crystal-clear: Join us in the Frio’s beautiful clear water, known for its refreshing cool temps, even during the hottest of Texas summers.
  • Canopy of beauty: Lush cypress trees line the banks, casting dappled shadows and creating a serene atmosphere.
  • Natural wonders: Explore hidden waterfalls and marvel at the diverse wildlife that calls the river home.

Adventure and Relaxation:

  • Tube time: Float on your favorite tube, and let the current carry you away, while your worries melt downstream.
  • Paddle power: Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and embark on a leisurely journey down the Frio, soaking in the gorgeous scenery.
  • Relax and recharge: Find a quiet spot on the bank, spread out a picnic blanket, and let the tranquility of the river wash over you.

Beyond the River:

  • Seasons: The Frio River is at its best during Spring and Summer, offering perfect swimming weather. Fall brings colorful foliage mixed with warm days and cool nights, while Winter is ideal for peaceful getaways, away from the crowds. 
  • Activities: Choose your adventure – from guided kayak tours to fishing excursions, there’s something for everyone.
  • Lodging: From campgrounds and cabins to luxury resorts, find amenities that suit your style and budget.

Planning Your Frio Escape:

  • Charming towns: Explore nearby towns like Concan, Leakey and Utopia, each with its unique charm, shops, art galleries, and delicious local eateries.
  • Hiking trails: Lace up your boots and embark on scenic trails that offer breathtaking views of the Frio Canyon and nearby hills, plateaus and escarpments.
  • Starry nights: As darkness falls, gaze up at the vast, star-studded sky and the Milky Way, a sight rarely seen in urban areas these days.


  • Float trip itinerary: Plan a relaxed float trip on specific sections of the river, most are suitable for families with young children, and include calm stretches, swimming holes, and picnic spots. Some areas in the Frio Canyon offer kid-friendly amenities like tube rentals and restrooms.
  • Adventure day: For a more adventurous day trip, consider activities like hiking in Garner State Park up Ol’ Baldy, exploring nearby caves, or try paddleboarding on calmer sections of the Frio. 
  • Nearby outfitters for float trips include:  Happy Hollow outfitters, Josh’s Frio River Outfitters and Andy’s on River Road.
  • State parks in the area include: Garner State Park with it’s famous nightly dance all summer long; Lost Maples State Natural Area, with its colorful maple leaves in the fall, and scenic vistas all year; and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area with its 1823 ft high granite dome summit, where you get 360 degree views of the Hill Country.
Couple relaxing at the bank of the Frio River at Camp Riverview

Camping Guide

Family-Friendly Camping Guide for the Frio River:

Welcome to the beautiful Frio River, an ideal destination for family camping adventures! With its stunning natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities, the Frio River offers an unforgettable experience for families looking to connect with nature and create lasting memories.

Packing Essentials:

  1. Tent or RV: Make sure you have a sturdy tent or RV large enough to accommodate your family comfortably.
  2. Sleeping Gear: Don’t forget sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and pillows for a good night’s rest.
  3. Clothing: Pack layers, including a sweater for chilly nights and swimsuits plus river shoes for river activities.
  4. Food and Cooking Supplies: Bring easy-to-cook meals, snacks, and plenty of water. Don’t forget cooking utensils, a cooler, and ingredients for s’mores!
  5. Safety Gear: Include a first-aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, and any necessary medications.

Keeping Kids Entertained:

  1. Nature Exploration: Take nature walks, go birdwatching, or explore the riverbanks for wildlife.
  2. Water Activities: Swim, tube, kayak, or go fishing in the Frio River. Remember to always supervise children near water.
  3. Campfire Fun: Roast marshmallows, tell stories, and sing songs around the campfire. Bring along some simple instruments for a family sing-along.
  4. Games and Activities: Pack board games, frisbees, and balls for outdoor fun. Organize scavenger hunts or nature crafts to keep kids engaged.

Safety Tips Around the Campfire:

  1. Supervision: Always supervise children around the campfire and teach them fire safety rules.
  2. Clear Space: Keep the area around the campfire clear of debris, tents, and other flammable materials.
  3. Extinguishing the Fire: Completely extinguish the campfire before leaving or going to sleep. Use water to douse the flames and stir the ashes until they are cool to the touch.
  4. Emergency Plan: Have a plan in place in case of emergencies, including knowing the location of the nearest medical facility.


Camping along the Frio River is an exciting adventure for the whole family. By choosing the right campsite, packing wisely, and following safety guidelines, you can create wonderful memories and enjoy all that nature has to offer. So grab your gear, gather your loved ones, and embark on a camping trip to remember!

Ready to make memories that will last a lifetime? The Frio River awaits, beckoning you with its cool embrace and endless possibilities. So pack your bags, grab your sense of adventure, and dive into the heart of Texas Hill Country, on the Frio River! Camp Riverview has everything you need for your next adventure: campsites and cabins near the water, clean facilities, a camp store, in case you forget something or want to bring home a souvenir, and lots of river access and room along the river for your family and friends to spread out and enjoy nature.