Guadalupe River State Park Loop

MODERATE 70 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
252 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

river

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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.

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.

mountain biking
4 months 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
6 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.

6 months ago

Nice trail along the river

7 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.

hiking
8 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.

trail running
8 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
8 months ago

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

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.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Very pretty, but a little too easy for the experienced hiker. Lovely place though!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Loved it

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Really nice, especially walking along the river. Popular place, full of families swimming and picnicking.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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.

mountain biking
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Good ride but very rocky! This is a great park with a lot of pretty scenery, and the river is beautiful!

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