October 23, 2014

Wild Texas Parks: Guadalupe River State Park - Spring Branch, TX

Guadalupe River State Park
Spring Branch, Texas (Comal / Kendall County)


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About the State Park

Picnic tables and BBQ grills in the day use area
Copyright © Shannon D. Moore
The clear, inviting waters of the Guadalupe River, lined by lush woodlands and rugged limestone bluffs, make 1,938-acre Guadalupe River State Park a popular outdoor recreation area year round. A variety of outdoor activities are available, including camping, fishing, swimming, tubing, canoeing, bicycling, mountain biking, picnicking, birding and wildlife observation. Four miles of river frontage is available, including designated fishing and swimming areas. Approximately 3 miles of hiking trails parallel the river and connect the various campgrounds, while an additional 5.3 miles of mixed use trail is available for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use. Facilities are available for both primitive tent and developed (RV) camping; equestrian camping is not available.

Seasonal kayak, canoe, tube and bicycle rentals are provided by Bergheim Campground and River Outfitters from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, annually. The outfitter also runs shuttles from the park's day use area.

Park Ratings

Explanation of Symbols
Campsites/Overnight Facilities** 2 star
Leashed Pets Permitted?Animated Running Dog YES
Picnic Areas/Playgrounds**** 4 star
Solitude** 2 star
Trail System** 2 star
Water Recreation** 2 star
Wildlife*** 3 star
Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).

Wild Texas Notebook

The scenic Guadalupe River
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Copyright © Justin W. Moore
The Guadalupe River winds 250 miles through Texas and is the state's most heavily utilized recreational river. As one might imagine, the park is extremely popular during the sweltering summer months when a dip in the river is especially appealing. For those seeking a more tranquil experience, weekdays in the early morning or late evening are generally good any time of year. The hiking trail along the riverbank provides scenic and cypress-shaded views, and there are numerous picnic tables and grassy areas to sit down, relax and absorb the park's rugged beauty. Wildlife includes raccoons, armadillos, white-tail deer, squirrels, mallard ducks, Guadalupe bass and numerous songbirds.

Guided interpretive tours of adjacent 2,300-acre Honey Creek State Natural Area are held each Saturday morning at 9:00 AM. The 2-hour tour is quite interesting, and involves an easy 1.5-mile hike.

For more information, read our trip reports:

  • Hiking the Guadalupe River Multi-Use Trail
  • Celebrating the Start of Summer
  • Guadalupe River Camping
  • Location

    Located 30 miles north of downtown San Antonio at the north end of Park Road 31. It may be reached by traveling west on State Highway 46, 8 miles west of the intersection of State Highway 46 and U.S. Highway 281, or by traveling eastward on State Highway 46, 13 miles east of Boerne.

    The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi

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    29.8530438° Latitude    -98.5044104° Longitude (WGS84/NAD83; decimal degrees)
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    Hours

    Open 7 days a week year-round from 8 AM to 10 PM for day use activities.

    Check for restricted park access before any trip. When controlled public hunts are in progress, general access is not permitted.

    Fees

    A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $7 per person for adults 13 years of age and older. (Texas residents age 65 or older pay only $4 per person.) NOTE: Listed fees may not be accurate year-round due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.

    Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.

    Note: Learn about the $60 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts passholders, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.

    Reservations

    Reserve Now for campsites or other park facilities.

    Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD's Central Reservation System at (512)389-8900 from 9 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday, 9 AM to noon on Saturdays.

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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Contact the Friends of Guadalupe River/Honey Creek, the officially recognized non-profit support group of Guadalupe River State Park & Honey Creek State Natural Area.

    Official Contact Information

    The State Park is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Guadalupe River State Park
    3350 Park Road 31
    Spring Branch, TX 78070

    Telephone: (830)438-2656
    TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112

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