Top 36 Things To Do AT And Near River Bluff Cabins

things to do at and near River Bluff Cabins

Posted by Riley Bartel | July 6, 2022

The Texas Hill Country is known for its breathtaking landscapes, wildlife, and unique vegetation. This area spans the middle of the state, extending westward toward the Llano uplift and Big Bend region, and is bordered on the east by Austin and San Antonio.  

River Bluff Cabins resort resides in the beautiful town of Leakey, TX., right in the middle of the Texas Hill Country near the Frio River.  The perfect spot for family and friends to enjoy the great outdoors, relax in our rustic cabins, and make a home away from home with plenty of activities to create unforgettable memories.  But we know that when you come to stay, you may want to explore a little more of the Hill Country, and that is why we’ve put together the top 31 things to do at and near River Bluff Cabins.

National and State Parks

1 – River Bluff Cabins

389 Cooper Mountain Rd, Rio Frio, TX 78879

River Bluff Cabins is a privately owned 10-acre gem right on the banks of the Frio River. River Bluff Cabins is all about connecting families and creating memories. Come and experience FUN at our cabin vacation rentals. Enjoy kayaking, tubing, fishing, BBQing, horseshoes, volleyball, the pool, and campfires, and your children will love the playground and large play area at the river’s edge. We also have a pavilion to host weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, and get-togethers. RBC is a great place to relax, stargaze and ENJOY GOD’S BEAUTY.  

2 – Garner State Park

234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838

Garner State Park is approximately 1,774 acres of scenic Hill Country terrain. Popular activities at this state park include hiking, swimming, mountain biking, fishing, camping, and more. If you like dancing, join others at the concession building on summer evenings for a jukebox dance. You can also hike to “Icebox Cave” and explore this extraordinary cave.

3 – Lost Maples State Natural Area

37221 FM 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885

Just 30 minutes away from River Bluff Cabins, Lost Maples is known for its Fall colors, but this park is spectacular year-round.  Beautiful wildflowers are sprinkled throughout, and steep canyon walls will take your breath away.  Take your family fishing on the Sabinal River, camp, backpack, or bird watch while you hike over 10 miles of trails.

4 – Kickapoo Cavern State Park 

20939 RR 674 Brackettville, TX 78832

Many people love bird watching, exploring caves, and walking nature trails at Kickapoo Cavern State Park. You can also camp overnight at one of their campsites.   Northwest of Uvalde, a Wildlife Conservation Passport is required.

Enjoy Nature & History

5 – Devil’s Sinkhole

Rocksprings, TX 78880

Bats are the main attraction at Devil’s Sinkhole.  Reserve a guided tour to the bat cave and watch thousands of bats leave the cave for their nocturnal quest for food.

6 – Frio Bat Flight

Concan, TX 78838

A once-in-a-lifetime experience; you will love watching the 10 to 12 million Mexican Free-tailed bats ascend into the evening sky before sunset at Frio Cave.  Once a year, in the spring, the second-largest bat population return to mate and give birth to their pups.  Your family will love this opportunity to learn about the benefits of bats and nature in the Hill Country.

7 – Elm Creek Stables

31611 US-83 N, Concan, TX 78838

Your family will love Elm Creek Stables.  Pony rides, trail rides (high and low trails), and a petting zoo!  All proceeds help fund the non-profit Frio Canyon Horse rescue.

8 – The Alamo 

300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

The Alamo is a historical site for the whole family to experience.  Explore the 1836 battlefield where heroes fell, and step back in time as you watch living history demonstrations.  Your family will enjoy 300 years of Texas history brought to life.

9 – BRISCO – GARNER- museum 

333 N Park St, Uvalde, TX 78801

Plan your visit to the Briscoe-Garner museum. Families that have history enthusiasts will love learning about the significant impact of two of Uvalde’s native sons, Vice President “Cactus” Jack Garner and Governor Dolph Briscoe.

10 – Aviation Museum

201 Sul Ross Dr, Uvalde, TX 78801

AVIATION MUSEUM AT GARNER FIELD is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving local and regional aviation history. With displays of aircraft and memorabilia from WWII, your family will feel like they have gone back in time. Free Admissions.

Amusement Parks

11 – Six Flags

17000 W I-10, San Antonio, TX 78257

Located in San Antonio, Six Flags theme park has impressive rides, a water park, and entertainment.  An excellent place for thrill-seekers and the young and old- your family can fill their day with fun and adventure.

12 – Seaworld

10500 SeaWorld Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251

Plan a visit to Seaworld; Your family will love it!  Seaworld’s ride, entertainment, and sea animals are just the beginning of a great day and night of fun. Hang hundreds of feet in the air on the world’s fastest and tallest Screamin swing- the Tidal Surge.  Encounter fantastic sea animals, like whales, sea turtles, and dolphins.  And make a SPLASH at Seaworld water park, Aquatica.

Golf Clubs

13 – The Frio River Valley Ranch Golf Club

520 Mountain Valley Rd, Concan, TX 78838

The Frio River Valley Golf Club offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. The fairways are well-groomed, and visitors love the picturesque scenery,  from the gorgeous backdrop of hills and valleys to the stunning rolling terrain. This golf course is a terrific place for golf lovers.

14 – Utopia Golf Course

20567 RM 187, Utopia, TX 78884

Utopia Golf Course is a nine-hole golf course in picturesque Sabinal county.  A place so beautiful that Dr. David Cook wrote a book, “Golf’s Sacred Journey – Seven Days at the Links of Utopia.”  The book inspired the movie “Seven Days in Utopia” starring Robert Duvall.  See what everybody is talking about as you golf in this scenic beauty.  

15 – Uvalde Memorial Golf Course

221 East Doughty Uvalde, Texas 78801

Uvalde Memorial Golf Course, a scenic 18 hole public golf course located in Uvalde, Texas along the Leona River. The Uvalde Memorial Golf Course has long been a popular place in the community to host events such as our annual Fourth of July Tournament, community programs and more.


16 – Frio’s Dry Fifty

21239 US Highway 127 Concan, TX 78838

Frio’s Dry Fifty is a “must stop shop” for visitors to Concan & the Frio River area… there’s something for everyone!​ Various gift shop items, a snack shack and even a geode and gem mining activity your family will love.

17 – Rustic Frio

985 South Highway 83 Leakey, TX 78873

The Rustic Frio is a gift shop located in Leakey that are supporting local vendors in Texas. They offer unique items many of which that are made Texas and other wonderful potential gifts.

River Outfitters

18 – Happy Hollow Frio River Outfitters and shopping

32580 N US Highway 83 Concan, TX 78838

Happy Hollow Frio River Outfitters is your one-stop tube shop and vacation rentals located on the banks of the Frio River. Tubes, sunscreen, snacks, and all your river day necessities in one spot ready to float with you.

19 – Josh’s Frio River Outfitter

Leakey Store – US Hwy 83S, Leakey, TX, 78873 

Concan Store – US Hwy 83S & Hwy 127, Concan, TX, 78838 

You can get everything you need for a Texas Hill Country adventure at Josh’s Frio River Outfitter.  Grab fishing gear and fish bait before or rent kayaks and tubes to enjoy a day exploring and relaxing on the river.

20 – Andy’s On River Road in Concan 

21488 US Highway 127 Concan, TX 78838

Andy’s on the River Road is located in th heart of Concan, TX,  1/2 a mile to the beautiful Frio River. Offering outfiting, accommadations, conveinience/gift shop items and other items to enhance you river experience.

Dessert & Dinner

21 – Gypsy Sally’s

373 Market Street Leakey, Texas 78873

Gypsy Sally’s is Leakey’s newest restruant serving burgers, Ranch Water, Tex Mex Tacos, and queso! If your intersted delicous Tex Mex comfort food this is where you want to be.

22 – House Pasture Cattle Company

2 River Rd, Concan, TX 78838

House Pasture Cattle Company is a restaurant and music venue.  Located in the heart of Texas in Concan, Texas. The Cattle company is close to Garner State Park and is on the Frio River.  Big names have performed on the Cattle Company stage: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Eli Young Band, and Pat Green.

23 – Joe Jimmy’s

20970 TX-127, Concan, TX 78838

Joe Jimmy’s is a family-friendly place with tons of fun things to do for the whole family.  At Joe Jimmy’s, you can dance and play arcade games, gaga ball, basketball, swing sets, and monkey bars. There is live music 3-4 nights a week plus karaoke.  The other nights you will be able to enjoy a variety of dance music.

24 – Neal’s dining

20970 TX-127, Concan, TX 78838

Established in 1926, Neal’s dining is a family-owned and operated restaurant that receives Rave reviews.  They have a variety of southern hot meals, specialties, and desserts.

25 – Hippies & Hops in Concan

721 River Rd, Concan, TX 78838

Hippies & Hops is located on River Road in Concan, Texas.  This unique grill serves up fabulous food close to the Majestic Frio River. Your family will like the quaint setting under the beautiful shade trees.

26 – Bear’s Den

620 HWY 83 S. Leakey, TX 78873

“Your Den Away From Home,” Leakey Bear’s Den is 10 minutes from Garner State Park and 20 minutes from Lost Maples State Park.  Enjoy a variety of food like wings, brisket sandwiches, BLTs, pizza, salads, tacos, and much more.

27 – Bent Rim Grill

657 Ranch Rd 337 W, Leakey, TX 78873

Motorcyclist enthusiasts love riding in the Texas Hill Country.  Bent Rim Grill is the restaurant many motorcyclists, hot rod groups, and car clubs stop to get a variety of fantastic meals before or after a day of riding on some of the most amazing scenic roads in Texas.  Located near the Frio Canyon Motorcycle shop, it is a great place to stop for cold drinks, great food, and merchandise.

28 – Mama Chloe’s Mexican Restaurant 

234 US-83, Leakey, TX 78873

Mama Chole’s Mexican Restaurant has a plethora of great dishes like enchiladas, Carne guisada, fajitas, tacos, and other great plates.

29 – Mill Creek Cafe

849 US-83 South, Leakey, TX 78873

Mill Creek Cafe was established on June 8, 2011.  Owners Wade and Barbee Reagor have been long-time restaurant business owners in the Leakey area, extending back to when they first married in 1967.  You will enjoy family-friendly dining. Don’t forget to check out their shrimp specials.

30 – M&M Tacos

261 N Hwy 83 Leakey, TX. 78873

Take your family to get some amazing breakfast tacos at M&M’s.

31 – The Laurel Tree

18956 N 187, Utopia, TX 78884

The Laurel Tree is open to the public, by reservation, for lunch or dinner on Saturdays.  Their menu changes weekly and features only the freshest seasonal ingredients. The Laurel Tree is located just outside of San Antonio. Your family and friends will love this unique place.  Take time to meander through the pecan grove and visit the herb and vegetable gardens.

32 – Lost Maples Cafe

384 FM 187 Main Street Utopia Texas 830-966-2221

Owners Rusty and Tacy Redden have operated the cafe since 1986. 

Lost Maples Cafe has been featured in the following publications:  Ride Texas    Top Ten, True West Magazine, Texas Coop Power, Texas Monthly, and Real Magazine.  The quaint little cafe and indulge in their homemade pies and chicken fried steak.

33 – Concan Pies

21170 HWY 127, Concan, TX 78838

If you like dessert, don’t miss out on a little piece of heaven—stop by Concan Pies and try one of their homemade pies or cakes.  Check out their menu and place your order by phone.

34 – The Frio Float

21563 TX-127, Concan, TX 78838

You will love eating dessert at The Frio Float.  Enjoy floats, milkshakes, soft serve, sundaes, cotton candy, and much more.

35 – Frio’s Dry Fifty

1239 TX-127, Concan, TX 78838

While visiting Concan or the Frio River, come to our “Must Stop Shop!”  for your whole family.  Shop, snack, and treasure hunt.  You will love the Frio Dry Fifty!

36 – Feed Rack Grill

24173 US-83, Concan, TX 78838

Come and experience what “Barbecue” means and enjoy locally sourced meat at Feed Rack Grill.   Enjoy Brisket and Pork slow-cooked to perfection.