Section Third Crossing to Texas Highway 127, Concan
Length and duration 4 miles, 2 hours
Resources Kayak rental and shuttle from Andy’s on River Road, 830-232-5444.
Camping at Andy’s and Buchanan Cabins, 830-988-3272
Reward yourself Bite into a Swiss-mushroom chicken sandwich at Neal’s Dining Room, in Concan.
Canoeing/Kayaking, Tubing, Rapids, Kid-Friendly, Overnight Camping
Pure, cold water, a limestone-and-gravel bed, cypress trees, and chutelike rapids make this part of the Rio Frio big fun. The long, narrow channels are overhung with dense vegetation, meaning that for much of the time, I couldn’t see very far ahead; the effect was that of a natural water park. This stretch of the river is both safe and exciting, a great place to introduce kids to Texas rivers—especially because once you get off the river there’s plenty to do. The take-out is at the bridge at Highway 127, near Buchanan Cabins’ property, which boasts a wide beach by one of the prettiest swimming holes in Texas and lots of large boulders to jump off. Four dollars gets you in here for the day; $10 gets you an umbrella, a table, and two chairs; and as little as $82 lets you and some friends spend the night in a cabin. Happiness included.