Guadalupe River State Park Loop is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Spring Branch, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Lovely flat country taking you through open fields and oak stands. This hike is a crowd pleasure with flat open areas interrupted by stands of oak trees. There is lots of wildlife and it's not uncommon to see deer as well as hawks, armadillos, large lizards (18-24 inches) and snakes. This hike is completely flat but does have some tricky parts to the trail. Watch your step in certain areas as there are lots of loose rock to sprain an ankle on.
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.
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.
Very pretty, but a little too easy for the experienced hiker. Lovely place though!
Really nice, especially walking along the river. Popular place, full of families swimming and picnicking.
Did the Bauer section, pretty much all jeep trails throughout so not very difficult. The end of the Bauer trail ends at the river, which is a nice area to break and there's an overlook of the day area in the main park with some good views.
Hiked the (Bauer Unit) North of the river. Only one section is really a trail. The rest of the 6.9 miles is dirt road. Still very pretty and a nice walk/hike none the less.
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.
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.
Good ride but very rocky! This is a great park with a lot of pretty scenery, and the river is beautiful!
As a transplanted northerner, I was happy to find a place to view "fall foliage" - or as close as one can get - in Texas.
Once you get away from the river and onto the "real" trails, it gets nice and desolate. I passed very few people on the prairie trail. Because there is little cover on the trail, definitely go in the early morning during the warmer months. During the colder months, try for late morning/early afternoon if you want to enjoy the sun!
Don't miss the vistas from the top of the rock shelf - beautiful!
When you finish with you hike, head to the river to cool off.
PS. I don't think I'd ever head here in the summer - too many people to enjoy hiking with a dog!
The trails are nice and well-maintained, great for families, and foot traffic is light to moderate. A burn-affected section of the trail is now eerily beautiful, but most of it is still as lush as it gets in that part of the state. When you get tired, head to the river to wade in the cool, cliff-backed water.
Very fun and technical trail. Love all the downhill parts, it's a great ride! Also the scenery is wonderful