The park has 4 miles of river frontage and is located in the middle of a 9-mile stretch of the Guadalupe River. Park visitors may enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, fishing, swimming, tubing, picnicking, hiking, and camping. The park recently opened a 5.3 miles equestrian trail that is also open to mountain biking. No equestrian camping is available at the park. Opportunities also exist for less vigorous but more serene pursuits, such as bird watching and nature study. Tours: There is a two-hour guided interpretive tour of the adjacent Honey Creek State Natural Area. The tour emphasizing history, geology, flora, and fauna is given Saturday at 9:00 a.m.; call park to confirm.
There are 15 named trails in Guadalupe River State Park. This particular loop is made up of 3 to 5 of them. The largest of the trails on this loop is Painted Bunting which is a loop trail itself. The northern portion is made up of River Overlook on the west side and Live Oak on the west. Two small trails that can be added to the south end are Prairie and Oak Savannah where Prairie is a connector to Oak Savannah or add the small balance of it past Oak as an O/B. Oak Savannah gives you the best long distance views of the hill country of any of these trails. Well maintained trails with rocky areas along River Overlook section. For more information on this park: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/guadalupe-river. Note: There are a number of clear pictures of the river or on the river in the Photo Section. Those did not come from this loop, but from Bald Cypress, Barred Owl, or north of the river trails.
Bald Cypress Trail is one of several trails in Guadalupe River State Park . It goes along the river and is technically an out and back trail, but one could make it a loop by using a parking lot, road, and non trail grounds. In a section of the trail, there is a nice rock beach to also walk along or lay in the sun. The trail is well maintained and was colorful during our visit in November. For more information on the park's trails go here: http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4505_0040j.pdf
easy easy. but if you get there very early in the a.m. and hike the Prarie and painted bunting trails, you get a beautiful view of Texas meadow reclamation projects at work. very serene, and surprisingly lovely. very little cover- BRING SUNBLOCK, you'll need a repeat application. the river overlook trail DOES NOT offer an opportunity to get down to the river, at least not that I found, unless you had repelling gear..... good hike for families, can be done in sneakers.
Judith R. on Guadalupe River State Park Loop
Mary S. on Guadalupe River State Park Loop
It was nice, simple and very relaxing to get away from it all. The best part is the river which can get packed.
This was a good, easy trail to hike. I trailed by the river but didn't go in it. Some folks were fishing and having a grand time. My highlight was laying out on a big rock like a sunning snake while watching canoers paddle down the very low river. There are rocks to climb if you wish and great shade to take a nice break and eat a lunch. This is a good trail for younger kids.
Ryan S. on Guadalupe River State Park Loop
Hiked this in January and only encountered one other hiker. Would like to try again in the spring when everything is blooming. Not a lot of coverage and would be very hot in the warmer months.
Very easy 5 mile loop with minimal elevation gain. Trail does have many exposed, sharp rocks that could bother some hikers.
Good for a relaxing walk in nature.