South Llano River
Roughly three miles from Junction as the crow files, the river veers across the valley floor and through pecan-forested bottomlands.
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Section South Llano River State Park to Schreiner Park, Junction
Length and duration 5 miles, 2–3 hours
Resources South Llano River Canoes and Kayaks, 325-446-2220
Reward yourself Don’t miss the chicken-fried steak at Isaacks, in Junction.
Canoeing/Kayaking, Tubing, Kid-Friendly, Overnight Camping
Before the south llano meets the North Llano at Junction it passes through a wide picturesque valley. Fields full of crops and cattle line the western riverbank, while steep limestone hills typical of the Hill Country shelter this pastoral scene from the east. Roughly three miles from town as the crow flies, the river veers across the valley floor and through the pecan-forested bottomlands that are the special feature of South Llano River State Park. In the winter, flocks of wild turkeys live in these woods; in the summer, humans flock to the river, which offers lots of options. Little children can play safely in the shallows below the bridge close to the park entrance; bigger kids can rent tubes to use on the two and half miles of river inside the park’s boundary. Graduates of this training can paddle the five miles to Junction and ask Mom or Dad to meet them at the take-out and shuttle everyone to Isaacks for lunch.