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Description - Guadalupe River State Park is located along the boundary of Comal and Kendall Counties. It was acquired by deed from private owners in 1974 and was opened to the public in 1983. The park is bisected by the clear-flowing waters of the Guadalupe River. The park is comprised of a 1938.7-acre segment of the Texas Hill Country noted for its ruggedness and scenic beauty.

The park is open 7 days a week year-round with a busy season March through November.

Attractions - 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 river courses over four natural rapids; and two steep limestone bluffs reflect its awesome erosive power. Trees in lower elevations and bottom lands include sycamore, elm, basswood, pecan, walnut, persimmon, willow, and hackberry. In the uplands away from the river, the limestone terrain is typical of the Edwards Plateau and has oak and juniper woodlands, with interspersed grasslands.

One area of virgin Ashe juniper woodland provides the proper nesting habitat for the rare golden-cheeked warbler. In addition to numerous species of birds, the park supports a wide variety of wild animals including white-tailed deer, coyote, gray fox, skunk, raccoon, opossum, bobcat, and armadillo. Other smaller species abound, and efforts of wildlife observers are usually well-rewarded.

Nearby attractions include Honey Creek State Natural Area and Blanco State Park; in San Antonio, the Casa Navarro State Historic Park and the Mission San Jose.

Recreation - The park has 4 miles of river frontage and is located in the middle of a 9-mile stretch of the Guadalupe River. Park visitors may enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, fishing, swimming, tubing, picnicking, hiking, and camping. Opportunities also exist for less vigorous but more serene pursuits, such as bird watching and nature study.

There is a two-hour guided interpretive tour of the adjacent Honey Creek State Natural Area. The tour emphasizing history, geology, flora, and fauna is given Saturday at 9:00 a.m.; call park to confirm.

Climate - Temperatures within the park range from a January average of 60 degrees to a July average of 86 degrees. The first/last freeze are November 15/March 15. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Location - The park is located 30 miles north of San Antonio at the north end of Park Road 31. It may be reached by traveling west on State Highway 46, 8 miles west of the intersection of State Highway 46 and US Highway 281 or by traveling eastward on State Highway 46, 13 miles east of Boerne.

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Filed By: KBrown (New Braunfels, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Closest State Park to where I live. Enjoy the water access, nice playground for kids. Great place to spend the day. Camping is okay, too much cactus in areas close to campsites and you could run into it at night. Watch out for very uneven rocky ground at night. Restroom/Shower facilities were clean but quite a walk from campsites. Lots of trees so you have the illusion of privacy.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This was a beautiful state park. We were there in late Oct of 2000. Lucky us it was the rainy season. Still enjoyed our stay. We will probably be back again this year in April. Keep up the good work.

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Guadalupe River State Park, 3350 Park Rd 31 , Spring Branch, TX, 78070, Phone: 830/438-2656

Additional Information:
Hill Country - The Hill Country region is located in central Texas. Because of its hilly scenery, this is one of the more popular areas in Texas for outdoor recreation.
Texas State Parks - Texas State Parks occupy more than 500,000 acres of pristine ecosystems, historical sites and facilities. The state parks, state natural areas and state historic sites are scattered throughout Texas.

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