Guadalupe River State Park Loop

MODERATE 60 reviews

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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

trail running
4 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

mountain biking
26 days ago

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.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Nice trail along the river

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

trail running
4 months ago

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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
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hiking
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8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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.