Guadalupe River State Park

All of the Texas Hill Country State Parks are great family destinations and the Guadalupe River State Park (1938.7 acres) in Spring Branch Texas is no exception.  Located on 4 miles of one of the most picturesque sections of the Guadalupe River high limestone bluffs and giant bald cypress line the spring fed river as it winds through the park.  Natural rapids flow into tranquil swimming spots before disappearing around the bend.  Tubes may be rented in the parking lot of the day use area before you venture the two miles down to the river.  Claim a riverside picnic table (shady ones go first) and watch as the tubers and paddlers put in to begin or take out to finish their float trips.  Fishing is popular as well as a 5.3 mile multi-use trail for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians although you may not camp with your horse overnight.  Bird watching and nature study are popular past times.   A 3 mile hiking trail paralleling the river is enjoyable and will connect you to the campground located high above the river in case of flash flooding.  The campground offers 40 electric and water multi use sites, 37 tent sites with water only and 9 walk in primitive tent camping sites (not more than 100 yds) with water in the area.  Summer is hot and shade is at a premium in the water and electric sites.  The water only tent sites have some shade and are isolated and quiet.  This park has a spacious feel and offers lots of family activities.  It is located only 30 miles north of downtown San Antonio and is crowded in summer and on weekends.  You should definitely make reservations.  Tip:  The Honey Creek State Natural Area is at the entrance to the park.  It is open by guided ranger tour only Saturdays at 9A.M.  Call to reserve your spot.

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