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Guadalupe River State Park

  • This park has long been one of our state’s most popular places to toss in a tube and 'float the Guadalupe.'

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.

Go camping

Camp at one of 85 water and electric campsites or nine walk-in tent sites.

Camping made easy! Texas Park Outfitters provides camping equipment rental and setup at this park. For more information and to book their service, visit the Texas Park Outfitters website.

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: Styrofoam and Glass is prohibited in the day use area along the river banks and while in the river. We do not offer equestrian camping. 

Paddle the river

Kayak or canoe the Guadalupe River. When the water levels are good there are several options for paddling trips. The park is also the starting point for the new 5-mile Guadalupe River State Park Paddling Trail Contact the park for information on current river flow levels.

Please be safe on the water: Review our Water Safety Tips before your visit.

Discovery Center

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.  


We need your help! Volunteers conduct wildlife surveys, man the Discovery Center, and help with school groups. Visit the Friends of Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area website for information on helping.  Learn more about volunteer opportunities at state parks.

Ranger Programs

Attend a ranger program on birding, geocaching, stargazing and more. Check the Events page for upcoming programs. Contact the park for special tours.

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Honey Creek Tours

Explore Honey Creek State Natural Area with a guide. We lead two-hour tours every Saturday at 9 a.m. and another tour at 10 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (call the park to confirm). Learn about the history, geology, flora and fauna of this protected area. No pets are allowed. Check the Honey Creek Events page for upcoming tours.  


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.

Area Attractions

Just 30 miles away, San Antonio offers history, nature, museums, shopping and more.

Visit Boerne and New Braunfels for a taste of the area’s German heritage.

Check out the best places to see wildlife on the West Guadalupe Loop of the Great Texas Wildlife Trails.

Paddle the Upper Guadalupe – Nichol's Landing Paddling Trail.

Burn Ban in Effect
3350 Park Road 31
Spring Branch, TX 78070

Latitude: 29.853084

Longitude: -98.504463

(830) 438-2656

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $7 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily.
Gate is open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Check for scheduled closures and other alerts.

Office Hours

Daily, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact the park or check our Facebook page before you come, as trails may be closed due to poor conditions or weather.

Discovery Center Hours

Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Additional holiday/summer hours possible.

Capacity Closures

We have a very high volume of visitors on most good-weather weekends and holidays. We close when parking lots are full. People with camping reservations will be able to enter during these closures.


Purchase “Save the Day” passes to guarantee entry using the new state parks reservation system. If you come without a pass, please arrive early and have a back-up plan.


Check our Facebook page or call us for closure updates.


Busy Season

March through November


January average is 60 degrees. July average is 86 degrees. First freeze occurs mid-November. Last freeze occurs mid-March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
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