A visitors guide and community guide for Leakey, Texas

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Leakey, pronounced LAY-key, has been the county seat of the Real County since 1913, is an area of natural beauty with spectacular hill country views.  Sometimes referred to as "The Swiss Alps of Texas", area elevations range from 1,500 to 2,400 feet with deep canyons cut by the Frio and Nueces Rivers.  The Frio River offers anything from whitewater rapids to flats to swimming holes and great fishing.


John Leakey came to Texas in 1847, and he was considered one of the first white settlers in Frio Canyon in 1853.  The town of Leakey, Texas was established in 1883 and was named in his honor.  He was a successful business man, Indian fighter, and Pioneer.  Several markers are located on the courthouse grounds to commemorate the history of Leakey and its founders, John and Nance Leakey.

Real County Courthouse
Real County Courthouse in Leakey, Texas

If you enjoy fishing, boating, bird and wild life watching, camping, horseback riding, cycling, swimming, tubing down the Frio River, or driving through the winding mountain roads, Leakey, Texas is the place for you.  Once you visit this wonderful area, your family and friends will want to return as often as possible.

Frio River Spillway
Frio River at spillway.

Leakey has many communities and towns nearby that you can visit within a 30 minute drive.  For airplane connections, San Antonio is only 100 miles away or about an hour and half drive.  You can fly your own aircraft to the Real County airport.  Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way!


Archeological excavations in and around the Frio Canyon have found evidence of Paleo-American, Archaic, and Neo-American occupations. In the historic period, Lipan Apaches, Comanches, and Tonkawas inhabited or migrated through the area.

Lodging in the Leakey Area
Frio River Cabins
Frio River Cabins

Come & experience the natural beauty of the scenic Texas Hill Country. Their secluded cabins and vacation homes set close to the clear, cool, spring-fed waters of the Frio River are a great getaway for all seasons.  One mile from Garner State Park. Near Leakey and Concan.

Rio Dulce Vacation Home
Rio Dulce Vacation Home - Concan, TX

Float the Frio, golf, hunt, or just enjoy the peace and quiet of the Texas Hill Country while staying at this spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bath vacation home with modern conveniences.  Will consider short term rental offers. Additional cabin available for larger groups..

Whiskey Mountain Inn Rental Cabins
Whiskey Mountain Inn - Leakey, TX

Their fully-furnished cabins with full kitchens are open year round for your enjoyment.   With 10 acres of hiking trails, you can bird watch, stargaze or just relax. Near Garner State Park, Lost Maples, and the Frio River. Pets are welcome, as they are part of our family too!

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Leakey Area Tourist Attractions

Garner State Park
Garner State Park
This park has 1419.8 acres of recreational facilities in northern Uvalde County. There are 10 water acres along the Frio River.

Lost Maples State Natural Area
This area has 2174.2 scenic acres in Bandera and Real Counties, located north of Vanderpool on the Sabinal River. Lost Maples has about 200,000 visitors on an annual basis.

Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area - 6 miles NE of Rocksprings
See this unique collapsed cavern. Tours available to the public.

Real County Historical Museum
The Real County Historical Museum

Lone Star Motorcycle Museum -near Vanderpool
A collection of motorcycles dating from 1910's to the 1980's.

The Rio Frio Landmark Oak - Rio Frio 

Sunset Bat Flights - Concan 

John Nance Garner Museum - Uvalde
President Franklin Roosevelt's first Vice President. 

Sabinal Canyon Museum - Utopia
Pioneer farm implements and household items, geological and Indian artifact exhibits.

Scenic Drive - Hill Country Trail Explore the Sabinal River Canyon along RR 187.

GOLF COURSE:  River Oaks Golf Course - Near Utopia Located on CR 363 off FM 187

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Things to do in the Leakey Area

Frio River
Tubers at the Falls

Hang Gliding at Leakey, Texas
Hang Gliding, Paragliding
and Ultralights

Miles of river offer perfect tubing, swimming, and sunbathing. Water sports are great here.

Take guided river and lake fly-fishing trips.

Take a guided hunting expedition.

Motorcyling through the Texas Hill Country is a big deal!. Texas Highway 337 is one of the most popular and challenging roadways with winding roads and spectacular views. Leakey is a favorite stop-off point.

Enjoy Ultra-Lite air flights, hang gliding and paragliding.

Nature watching and photography at its finest at the nearby State Natural Areas.

Fishing from the Frio River.

Shopping at the antique and tourist stores in the area are some of the best in Texas.

Dining at the river front or downtown restaurants.

Visit Art Galleries and Museums.

Enjoy the spectacular views and stargazing.

Hiking and biking are popular in the area.

Visit other local towns such as Camp Wood, Concan, Vanderpool, Utopia, and Uvalde which are only a short driving distance from Leakey.

Scenic Picture
Scenic view on Hwy 337 between
Leakey and Vanderpool

Scenic Photo
Scenic view on Hwy 337 between
Leakey and Camp Wood


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