Take a day trip to this beautiful river park outside of San Antonio

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On a hot, sunny Sunday, my friends and I traveled nearly two hours to experience the hype around the beautiful and quirky Chalk Bluff River Resort near Uvalde. It was well worth the trip due to the relaxing and liberating feeling I felt floating along the cold Nueces River.

Chalk Bluff River Resort, located at 1108 Chalk Bluff Road, is the perfect place for a fun day trip on the river. The attraction offers cabins and places to stay overnight, but I personally wouldn’t stay there as the cabins seem a bit dated. However, the crystal clear river was so beautiful and clean. Also, the view of the magnificent cliff is not something you see every day.

When you arrive you have to pay a bracelet to enjoy the land. It’s $15 per person and no reservations are needed. Children under 2 years old can enter for free. The exotic animal sanctuary is awesome. It starts at $100 per person to meet the animals, which include pet monkeys, lemurs, kangaroos, giraffes, and sloths. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to check out the animal part, but I will next time I go.

Be prepared before you go. The park does not offer tube rentals, but they do have an air pump where you can inflate your tube. I bought a tube for under $20 at HEB that morning. My friends and I also brought chairs, a table, a canopy, a speaker (you can’t get it too loud), a cooler filled with drinks and food, a sun hat, hiking shoes. water and sunscreen. Do not bring glass containers or bottles.

The resort does not offer tube rentals, but you can bring your own. I bought mine (pictured) for less than $20 from HEB.

Priscilla Aguirre, MySA.com

We arrived just after they opened so it wasn’t too crowded and we found a spot by the river. I recommend arriving early as the park is only open from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The last time to enter is at 4:00 p.m.

Along the river, I saw families fishing, kayaking, and having barbecues (yes, you can bring a barbecue). It was never crowded like it is when tubing in New Braunfels and San Marcos. People were also jumping off a small cliff using a rope that hung from a tree. At your peril. I was too scared to do it.

You can set up wherever you find space along the river front.

You can set up wherever you find space along the river front.

Priscilla Aguirre, MySA.com

The Nueces River is known for its clear, warmer waters, a product of the spring-fed Hill Country streams that flow into it. It is also known for its fish, including bass, crappie and perch. I had water shoes so I didn’t feel any foam at the bottom of the river. However, there is foam.

We stayed there for about four to five hours. After the third hour we were exhausted and again packed the car to take off. The drive back was short for me as I fell asleep while my best friend Leslie was driving.

The park does not require a reservation.  It's only $15 per person to enjoy the lake.

The park does not require a reservation. It’s only $15 per person to enjoy the lake.

Priscilla Aguirre, MySA.com

Overall we loved the park and plan to return.


If you are interested in cabins, online booking is available at chalkbluffriverresort.com or call 830-278-5515. Leave a detailed voicemail and you’ll receive a callback (possibly from a number without caller ID), according to the Chalk Bluff website.

For more information about the park, visit chalkbluffriverresort.com or follow its Facebook page at Chalk Bluff Park.

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