South Llano River State Park adjoins Walter Buck
Wildlife Management Area, south of Junction in
Kimble County. The 524.07-acre site, adjacent to the
South Llano River, was donated to Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department in 1977 and was opened to the
public in 1990.
Because of his love and respect for the land, Mr.
Walter Buck donated his ranch to the Texas Parks and
Activities include camping, picnicking,
canoeing, tubing, swimming, fishing, hiking,
mountain bike riding, and bird and nature study.
Nearby attractions include Kerrville-Schreiner
Park; Fort McKavett State
Historic Site; Admiral Nimitz Museum State Historic
Site - National Museum of the Pacific War; Enchanted
Rock State Natural Area; and the City of Junction,
with historic markers and buildings; Schreiner Park;
Texas Tech Center; and the O. C. Fisher Museum and
Campsites & Other Facilities: Facilities include multi-use campsites with water
and electricity at each site and a dump station and
restrooms with showers in the area; walk-in
campsites with picnic tables and fire rings (30 -
70-yard walk from where the car is parked - drinking
water is available to every 4 sites.
No vehicle camping is allowed at the walk-in sites
and capacity is 4 people per site), composting
toilets in the area; a picnic and day-use area near
the river with picnic tables, waist-high grills, and
composting toilets; oxbow lakes; 4 miles of
hiking/mountain biking/nature study trails in the
Turkey Roost area; and hunting blinds available for
wildlife photography. Be sure to stop by the Texas
State Park Store.
park has two miles of river frontage, a large pecan
bottom, and typical Hill Country areas. The
523-acre, wooded bottom land is home to white-tailed
deer and the Rio Grande Turkey. The bottomland
represents one of the most substantial and oldest
winter turkey roosts in the central portion of the
state. The roosting area is closed to park visitors
from October through March.
Observation blinds are provided to offer visitors a
glimpse of the Turkey moving to and from the roost.
Other animals include wood duck, white-tailed deer,
squirrel, jackrabbit, javelina, fox, beaver, bobcat,
cottontail, and armadillo. Several exotic species
such as Axis Deer, Black Buck Antelope, and Fallow
Deer are often spotted in the park.
To reach the park, travel Interstate 10 to
Junction, then go south on US Highway 377 for 5
miles to Park Road 73.