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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.

A grouping of several trails that can be scaled up to the full five miles or scaled back to as little as three miles. The centerpiece is the painted bunting trail (have not seen a painted bunting yet), which is 70% meadow to 30% forest. In Spring, the flowers are your main attraction and, if the trail has not been recently mowed, grasshoppers might bounce off of you as you forge ahead. In Winter, the attraction is the unrestrained wind carrying the intoxicating scent of distant fireplaces. You will hike several inclines, but none too high or too rough (just rough enough). You will have to hop-scotch over the rocks; most have been placed by nature at intervals that will favor your feet, but do keep your eyes on the ground as you navigate them. It is true the surroundings are not the most handsome; this is the grizzled Hill Country landscape, after all, and I believe some controlled burns were conducted in the past, giving the place a war-torn appearance in spots. On the other hand, the open view allows you to scan occasionally for feral hogs, whom you might see trotting about. A distant hello is sufficient for these creatures. If you are scaling up, you will detour off the painted bunting trail at the crossroads down inside what I call the 'valley of the souls' (you'll know it when you see it) onto the live oak and river overlook trails. On this detour the view narrows and the rocks get ornery. You can wander off-trail to gaze upon the Guadalupe and wonder who else has been there as the centuries have passed, but do not stop for long, lest you lose the hang of getting through the gauntlet of stone. You will eventually pick up the painted bunting trail again and be hit with the hike's rudest incline. Hit it with all your vigor and it tends to back down. Then you're in open country again (or at the parking lot). Congratulations, it is accomplished.

Nice 3 mike loop, meadows/wild flowers, tricky rocky areas fun on a good MTB, some uphills, few downhills, easy-moderate.

Trails were clean and fun! Met lots of nice people.

Nice hike with pretty, open views. Saw an armadillo rooting for whatever it is they eat. Overlook to the river is beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Wife and I enjoyed the 5 mile Painted Bunting loop today. During our entire hike we only came across 2 other hikers which was nice. Also, we were able to find 5 geocaches which made the hike a bit more exciting! We didn’t come across any trash which was a definite plus! Very clean.

Decent ride. Some areas will get a bit tricky for novice riders (like me) near the river. Get here early as the parking spaces fill up and the parade of people make their way with coolers and floaters to the river.

Took my 2 boys and my dog. They loved it! We stayed on the trail close to the river due to the weather being hot and humid. Not too far from New Braunfels. The drive over there was relaxing. There is an entrance fee. $7 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. We will definitely come back.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Short and easy. Beautiful cypress trees. Nice beach along river with tall cliffs. Benches along the trail, picnic tables too.

Nice trail along the river

Its a nice Nike through the savanna combining several of the state Park trails. The Nature is beautiful but not stunning. If you do only this one you will not See much of the river.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nice quick trail along the river.

This loop should be rated as "easy", definitely not moderate. Double track almost the entire way, and only a few key hole views of the river on this 5 mile loop. Trails are very well marked. Very few shaded sections.

There are other trails that are more challenging with better scenery within the park though.

trail running
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Park was nice and well run. Some people on river and every campsite full. Trails were ok. Long enough. The real draw is the cypress lined river with a huge limestone bluff backdrop. River water looked so clear.

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Enjoyed the trail along the river. Also recommend the bird viewing area.

walking
Friday, November 25, 2016

Easy stroll through trees and prairie areas to some very fine overlooks of the river. Kid friendly trail, plus have them take in the Discovery Center.

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

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.

walking
Friday, November 25, 2016

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Great people working there and a beautiful area for the kids! There is a discovery center for kids that is great and they were even patient enough to teach them new stuff

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!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Loved it

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.

mountain biking
Friday, March 04, 2016

Very entertaining

walking
Monday, February 29, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

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.

hiking
Thursday, January 16, 2014

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.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Beautiful, scenic hike along the Guadalupe River. The trees are gorgeous during Fall, usually around Thanksgiving.

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