Just north of San Antonio rests this state park along four miles of the Guadalupe River. So first and foremost, if the water levels allow, this is a great water hole for a day trip. You can plop your stuff down by the water and enjoy varying depths, great views of rock walls, and have plenty of room to move around.
When I visited the park in 2018 there was a water restriction, so water fountains, bathrooms, etc did not have water, so during the summer please call ahead to see what current restrictions may be in place.
Guadalupe River S.P. offers over 13 miles of hike and bike trails. According to its website, ” trails range from the 2.86-mile Painted Bunting Trail to the .26-mile Barred Owl Trail, which leads you to a scenic overlook of the river.”
I took part in the Discover Center Loop trail and connected on the Cedar Sage River Trail. The Discovery Center was a neat place even if it’s suited more to elementary-school students. Lots of information about things you can see at this park, great learning resources, and definitely a place to cool off.
The trail loops around the building, and past the amphitheater the trail leads you through the wooded areas, and finally to the water. From here you can explore the Oak Savannah Loop and check out the Swallow Cliff. Great spot to check out the Guadalupe River below.
This park offers 85 water/electric campsites and nine walk-in tent sites. The Turkey Sink Camp Site is where I stayed, and I enjoyed the location. Plenty of shaded options and plenty room to move around. I happened to hammock camp for this trip, and actually switched sites to find more suitable tree options.
You also have the Cedar Sage Camping area and the Wagon Ford Walk-In area. The walk-in site is right near the river, so that’s a great option if you plan on playing in the water.
The bathrooms at the two main sites do offer full shower bathrooms, so that’s good especially during the Texas Summers.
Things to note
This particular state park does lock gates in the evening. So plan ahead if you plan on arriving late to get the gate code.
Guadalupe State Park is neighbor to the Honey Creek State Natural Area. There offer guided tours at nine a.m. every Saturday where you can learn about the history and more. Suggested donations are $2 per person, and dogs are not allowed on the tour.