by Cameron Clark

Texas – Guadalupe River State Park

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 1,938.7-acre segment of the Texas Hill Country noted for its ruggedness and scenic beauty.

The park has four miles of river frontage and is located in the middle of a nine-mile stretch of the Guadalupe River. Most People enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including canoeing, fishing, swimming, tubing, picnicking, hiking and camping. Opportunities also exist for less vigorous pursuits, such as bird-watching and nature study.

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; two steep limestone bluffs reflect its awesome erosive power. Trees in lower elevations and bottomlands 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 is composed of oak and juniper woodlands, with interspersed grasslands. One area of virgin Ashe juniper woodlands 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 the 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.

The Guadalupe River State Park is located in a very convenient location inbetween San Antonio and Austin. The park is very well maintained and is all about the river. I have been going there since i was a kid with my twin sister and parents to just sit back relax and look at the flowing Guadalupe River.