Guadalupe River State Park Review & Rating
Guadalupe River State Park Overview:
Guadalupe River State Park is a very nice park with good campsites, great hiking and biking trails, and access to the clear flowing water of the Guadalupe River for swimming, tubing, kayaking, and fishing. The bad news is that the sites aren't right on the water, which means that you need to hike down to the river or drive to the main picnic area for easier access to the Guadalupe River.
The park has over 1900 acres and 4 miles of river frontage in the middle of a 9-mile stretch of the Guadalupe River. The Park and surrounding area is known for its ruggedness and scenic beauty. The Guadalupe River, with banks lined by huge bald cypress trees, is the park's most outstanding natural feature. On its winding path through the park, the Guadalupe crosses over four natural rapids and winds through steep limestone bluffs. Wildlife, and specifically deer, are abundant.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Guadalupe River State Park has 37 water only sites, 47 water and electric sites, and 9 walk-in sites. The sites have picnic tables, grills, lantern holders, and tent pads. Most of the sites are level but fairly short and some may not accommodate the bigger rigs. The sites are fairly spacious and most are heavily treed and shaded. A couple sites have places to tether a horse.
Some of the other amenities include:
- great picnic area along the banks of the Guadalupe River
- clean bathrooms and showers
- 5.3 mile equestrian, mountain biking, and hiking trail
- interpretive trail
- interpretive center
- dump station
- three miles of hiking trails
- park store with gifts, nature items, and books
- kayak and tube rentals
There is a new Children’s Discovery Center that lets kids take a closer look at nature using scientific tools like magnifying glasses, microscopes and binoculars to see what they’ve been missing. Inside the Center kids can try out exhibits, explore themed discovery boxes and then check out a free backpack of tools they can use to go back into the park and see for themselves.
On Saturdays you can sign up for a two-hour guided interpretive tour of the Honey Creek State Natural Area. The tour emphasizes history, geology, flora and fauna,
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
After a good breakfast of eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns cooked outdoors (ummm good!), we'll jump on the mountain bikes to ride one or all of the trails, which usually depends upon how late we stayed up playing games. The trails are easy to moderate with a couple steep climbs but hard enough to build up a sweat which makes soaking in the river very refreshing after a fun ride.
As mentioned earlier, it's not easy to get to the river from the sites, so we usually drive to the picnic areas to spend an afternoon cooking hot dogs, burgers, or chicken and playing in the river. The swimming area has a nice flat river bottom and the water is clear, clean, and cool. I've heard mixed reviews on fishing, mostly not positive.
This is not a bad stretch of river to spend a relaxing afternoon tubing with friends and family. If you don't want to run your own shuttle service, you can call Bergheim Campground & River Outfitters and they will pick you up at the park, rent you tubes, and take you up river for a float back to Guadalupe River RV Park. Good time!
If we have the time, we'll play one of the nearby golf courses like The Hawk at Rebecca Creek or Rivercrossing - here is a link to locate either course and read our review.
Cool Nearby Activities:
If you come to Guadalupe River State Park, most likely you'll want to spend all of your time in the park and enjoying the park amenities.
If you like golf, you can find nearby courses on this golf map. Nearby Canyon Lake is beautiful and perfect for any and all types of water recreation. The Texas Parks & Wildlife page for Guadalupe River State Park also has a list of nearby sites to see.
Spring Branch and Boerne are within 20 minutes of the park and have shops, restaurants, and more.
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Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more