Explore the most popular hiking trails near Canyon Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month ago

Ok I’m not going to give it a 1 star just because it looks awesome but PLEASE be forewarned you can only take guided tours here. There are NO self guided hikes yet. One or two tours a week. I’ve learned that in the next year there will be self guided tours available though. Looks awesome!

Wife and I went on hike there today. The trail is really nice and the views of the river are great. Really enjoyed it, will return.

Fall colors still around good time to take a hike

2 months ago

Part of the hike you go along Guadalupe river. Really pretty hike.


great view of Canyon Lake. some of the rocky areas were a little hard to navigate but nothing major. the dogs did great. will definitely go again.

great trail! first time hiking this trail. beautiful foliage and view of the river, trail was clear and great for dogs. you can check out the canyon lake spillway and Overlook Park while you're there. they are all relatively close. great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. will definitely go again.

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.

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

Nice hike.

Beautiful trail

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

8 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.

There is the walk across Canyon Dam, which (according to the signs on the Dam) is .8 miles each way. You feel as if you are on top of the world with the lake on one side and the valley on the other. The road atop the Dam is straight and paved with plenty of room for bicyclers, joggers, speed-walkers, and wanderers. But there is more than this. Park in the back parking lot and you can access the meadows, the newly mulched trail that leads to the Dam, and the trail that works its way through the forest hills above the shoreline. There are many ways down through the forest to the shoreline. Keep to the shoreline as you go away from the Dam and you will find yourself in an 'undiscovered country' of boulders, cliffs, and in Spring through Fall, Poison Ivy nestled in just where it is most inconvenient for you. Most who get this far are there to swim or fish; thus, if you are there to boulder or climb, you will be in rare company. Personally, I keep to the easier cliffs, but several---especially a formation I have dubbed 'The Great Mo'---would be worth the while of more seasoned climbers. As for the bouldering, this land of stone offers you many paths depending on how hard you want to be on yourself. You can even execute tricky maneuvers where a slip would land you in the lake if you really want to jazz things up. The views of the lake from here are iconic. And if you happen to come on a windy day, as you face the heavy waves that smash against the boulders, the power of the lake becomes yours. Who could say 'no' to this?

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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. https://www.ksat.com/news/dog-owners-believe-river-contamination-may-have-caused-dogs-sicknesses

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

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