Leakey Texas Visitors Guide

A visitors guide and community guide for Leakey, Texas

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Leakey is pronounced LAY-key and 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.

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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.

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Camp Eagle is nestled in a beautiful and rugged environment that is perfect for the casual camper, outdoor adventurer, or extreme sport enthusiast. While beauty and adventure draw many to the camp, the experiences and relationships make the greatest impact. Activities are more than just fun, each one is geared to inspire and transform lives towards a deeper relationship with Christ.

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