Guadalupe River State Park
River Through Time
Many folks come here to swim, but the park is more than a great swimming hole. Beautiful scenery and colorful history await, just a short drive from San Antonio and Austin.
Things to Do
With four miles of river frontage, the Guadalupe River takes center stage at the park. Step away from the river to find the more peaceful areas.
On the river, you can swim, fish, tube and canoe. While on land, you can camp, hike, ride mountain bikes or horses, picnic, geocache, and bird watch. We loan fishing gear for use in the park.
Before your visit, read through our Swimming Safety Tips.
Camp at one of 85 water and electric campsites or nine walk-in tent sites.
Hit the trail! Explore 13 miles of hike and bike trails. 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. The Bauer Unit offers less-traveled trails. Some park trails are open to horseback riders. Note: We do not offer equestrian camping.
Learn more about the park’s natural features at the Discovery Center. Take a closer look at nature using magnifying glasses, microscopes and binoculars. Explore hands-on discovery boxes and exhibits. Ask about borrowing an explorer pack!
Shop at our park store for gifts, firewood, ice and convenience items. Starting May 13, 2017, Pepito’s Italian Ice will offer food, drinks, frozen treats and more. They’ll be at the park on weekends and some weekdays.
Volunteer - we need your help! Volunteers conduct wildlife surveys, man the Discovery Center, and help with school groups. Learn more at headquarters or visit our Volunteer page.
Attend a ranger program on birding, geocaching, stargazing and more. Check the Events page for upcoming programs. Contact the park for special tours
Honey Creek Tours: Explore Honey Creek State Natural Area with a guide. We lead a two-hour tour every Saturday at 9 a.m. (call the park to confirm). Learn about the history, geology, flora and fauna of this protected area.
Become a Junior Ranger:
- Borrow an Explorer Pack loaded with tools for exploring the park.
- Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal at the park. Complete tasks to earn a badge.
Become a Discovery Agent: Download this mobile app at home, then use it to discover the park.
This is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.
Just 30 miles away, San Antonio offers history, nature, museums, shopping and more.
Check out the best places to see wildlife on the West Guadalupe Loop of the Great Texas Wildlife Trails.