Guadalupe Park Trail

MODERATE 93 reviews
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Guadalupe Park Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canyon Lake, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from October until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles
101 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running






wild flowers



This stretch of the Guadalupe river is very popular as the State's premier trout fishing stream. The Guadalupe River is the Southernmost sustainable trout fishery in the nation.

1 month ago

Went today after many rainy days and the trail was still very accessible. This trail is impressive and the other reviewer, Mark Hansbauer, describes is well! I will definitely go back.

1 month ago

Well marked. Unlike the Madrone trail. Nice river view.

1 month ago

Nice hike.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail

5 months ago

Good trail. beautiful views of water and trees. saw multiple deer along the trail.

5 months ago

Hiking this trail that runs along and above the Guadalupe river gives one appreciation for two things. First, the diversity of the flora and fauna lining this portion of the river. Second, the ingenuity and hard work it must have taken to build this trail without marring the natural experience. There are well over a hundred steps made with railroad ties and other timbers and embedded with rebar. And of course bridges to cross otherwise forbidding hollows and deep creek beds. You are never far from the river and often somewhat precariously above it. The homesteads across the river might feel intrusive, but come here in Winter as I do and they are pleasantly dormant (except for quarreling feral cats or squirrels). The number of steps might not sound like much, but many are steep and they add up if you double back. If you would rather not double back, there is a flat trail in the forest/meadow above the river trail that takes you most of the way to the starting point.

9 months ago

Beautifully maintained trail! Kudos to the team at Canyon Lake.....Follows river - can fish easily- very very pretty!

10 months ago

good. but inside civilization enough that it was kind of drag

Monday, September 25, 2017

We went close to the area below the dam to see the water being released. While the river was pretty, with beautiful cypress trees and clear water, there was a HORRIBLE stench. We left because of it. The next day we read that some dogs had gotten poisoned and one died playing in the river near that location. There was supposed to be a sign warning people not to go in the water because of a potential algae bloom - which is what we smelled. We saw NO SIGN, so they did a FEEBLE attempt to warn people. Here is an article about it.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Nice views, child and dog friendly. We stopped and waded in the river, somewhat secluded, lots of shade.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great trail with topography, shade and wonderful views!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Awesome sights and love hiking by the river. When it's hot out, you can just stop, stick your feet in the water, then keep hiking. Beautiful trail.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Good trail, very scenic and not too difficult or long

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful easy trail.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Great little trail! You can hear families playing in the water so it's not the quietest hike. It's a great hike for beginners. Be sure to use the restroom before and bring water, as there are no facilites around.

trail running
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nice trail - good views... Great for trail running (although doing so with a dog is not so easy - lots to smell and a few loose dogs on the trail as well.) as has minor elevation changes to keep it challenging. Watch for osprey in the trees challenging the fishermen for the game! The trail is mostly dry (one area where you'll have to tiptoe across some muddy spots!) and only a few real rocky spots. At one turn, a tree has fallen over the trail/steps. Boldly go to the right across the loose rocks and the trail is right there for you! Squirrels, deer, cardinals and hawks abundant... Fireflies are great in the summer/fall! Enjoy - but, please, leave no trace!

Friday, September 02, 2016

I have hiked this trail twice this week and I must say, what a great work out! It has great elevation changes that if done right really work the legs! This trail runs parallel with the water so it's super pretty to boot! My only complaint is that the trail ends abruptly due to debris in the way of the last bit of it. But it's still a great choice!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Very pleasant trail and well marked. We were a bit confused about when it ended, but that was mostly because my Fitbit misreported the distance. Several people stopped and swam in the river. Nice trail.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

It was pretty and fun! With plenty of steps....

Elevation was good, not just straight forward!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Great hike! Easy to find. A majority of the trail is shaded. The access to the water is perfect for a hot day. Can't wait to hike this trail again.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Very nice trail

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Nice trail

Sunday, April 17, 2016

definitely not a biking trail very challenging love the water

Sunday, March 13, 2016

It's a good hike in and out. A fair amount of elevation changes, but I love this trail. It's well maintained and always clean. Since I live close to the trail I'd like to thank all the tourists for keeping my home clean.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

It was a great hike. Tricky in some areas wear comfortable clothing and good shoes.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Good trail pretty easy with a couple spots that are tricky. Beautiful views of the river.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

this trail is called something like, "south river bend trail" on the info board at the trail head. I took my wife with a 1 year old on her back and my 5 and 3 year old along for the trip. Everyone was able to complete the hike without much effort and energy, which they immediately managed to rerouter towars complaining and bickering. At any rate, the trail seems well maintained except for a couple of spots of severe erosion that are being worked on. to be honest it was a little lack luster when it ended at a pump station with little room for river access. without the kids this trail had a couple more water access points that can be got to, but it just didn't float our boats. boring trail so it earned a two, but the river is truly beautiful in its own right, minus this trail and it's still worth floating.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nice riverside trail that's not crowded. You'll see fly fishermen on the weekends at this place since they stock the river just below the Canyon Lake Dam. Wish it was a longer trail!

Monday, April 28, 2014

This trail is 1.5 miles one way. The path is well-packed dirt with logs bordering the trail most of the way. The trees provide a canopy for most of the trail, so it is a nice and shady walk. The trail is a combination of level walking with intermittent climbs. There are wooden steps for the ascents/descents and two wooden bridges. The trail is narrow at times with overgrowth. The path goes through the woods along the Guadalupe River, with homes on the other side of the river. This is a beautiful, comparatively short trail. If you are looking for a wilderness trail, this may not be the one for you because you can see the homes across the river at times and the trail borders a sports field part of the way. The end of the trail is ill-defined. When you come to a fork and see a path running along the fence of the sports field, you know that you are at the end. the trail just loops around the fork.

I loved this trail. It was just what I was looking for. I went in the middle of the day in late April, and it was pleasant and breezy. I packed a picnic lunch and sat by the river when I finished the hike.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The side trails leading to river access make it so beautiful. Loved that it was not crowded. Some houses build along the river were spoiling it for me though.

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