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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.
Picnic tables and BBQ grills in the day use area Copyright © Shannon D. Moore
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.
Explanation of Symbols Campsites/Overnight Facilities 2 star Leashed Pets Permitted? 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 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.
The scenic Guadalupe River Copyright © Justin W. Moore
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
The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi
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Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
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Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD's Central Reservation System at
|Guadalupe River State Park
3350 Park Road 31
Spring Branch, TX 78070
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112