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. Camp at one of 85 water and electric campsites or nine walk-in tent sites.
We went on a nice weekend in early Feb and although it was chilly at night (down to mid-30s), the sun warmed us up during the day. The water was nice and clear blue, my husband enjoyed fly fishing. It was difficult to get a good hike in, I couldn’t figure out how to get to the longer hikes on the north side of the river without leaving the park and driving around. But since we were only there for a quick weekend it was just fine to walk around a bit. We went to the river overlook and that was pretty. Our spot was in the Turkey Sink campground, spot 65. It’s easy to see your neighbor from this spot but the campground was nice and quiet at night/early morning. Friendly staff too, and clean restrooms with showers. Had a great time!
This would be a great park if the river were closer to the campsites!
What a amazing park to relax on the river. River was flowing and very clean. RV site was great and quiet. Plenty of room for the kids to play.
Love this place, and the river. Sometimes it is hard to get a reservation for RV spots.
There is no better late spring to early summer activity than getting good float down one of the rivers of Texas. While there are plenty of put in spots, many do not have access to a campground which offers as many options as the Guadalupe River State Park.
Under the supervision of the Texas State Park system the facilities for both day use and overnight stay are well maintained. Currently undergoing an overhaul which will offer new restrooms in one of the camping loops, they are constantly striving to better accommodate guests and provide a fun and relaxed get away for a day, week or weekend.
Taking a trip through the camping loops I noticed each were well shaded and positioned in a way that the sun could trickle through the leaves to provide warmth on a cool morning but not so much that it would make the sweltering summer days more intense. Large parking spaces could easily accommodate two vehicles at each camp and amenities ranged depending on the location of the site you choose.
In the improved camping loops, sites came standard with electricity and water connections, with posts being positioned at the front of the site. You would need to provide your own hose or cord to source this toward the rear of the site if desired. Camping sites each provide a large picnic table and lantern hook in addition to a tent pad which is constructed and elevated slighting from the ground around.
In addition, to the loop camp sites, there is another section designed for tent campers wanting to walk in. While this area is well maintained, it is subject to closures with rains unlike the other areas. When I visited, the recent downpour had forced closure of all trails and also this campsite as a part of the conservation effort for keeping the natural lands. While I do appreciate this as a person who wants to protect our spaces so we can continue to enjoy them for years to come, I could easily see how it could also disappoint a camper who is having change their location to an improved site.
Throughout the park there are a series of trails for hiking, biking and even horseback riding. A full map is provided at the front gate and can come in handy if you are wanting to find more than just the river trail while at camp. But something also to consider when looking at this map is the trail system located across the road from what most consider to be the park. This section is less populated with hikers and provides some of the most interesting hiking you will find at Guadalupe River State Park.
But let’s get down to what everyone really wants to hear about … THE RIVER!
The river can be a source of a lot of fun and also traffic. Being open for day use as well as for those staying at the park, the area provides a cool retreat to dive into the cool waters of the Guadalupe River. There are picnic tables lining the shoreline, some off the river and in shaded areas while others are in full sun. There is a no alcohol policy which is enforced on busy days, so warning if you are a person looking to float and drink, this might not be the right place to put in.
A trail runs alongside the riverfront providing great views of the river’s path. A nature center and amphitheater are located across the parking lot from the river highlighting educational materials for the entire family but with exhibits geared toward the kiddos. In this area currently there are only port a potty restrooms.
- If you are planning on floating, make sure to read the guidelines by the parking lot. Remember the river is not a loop so where you put in is not where you will end up.
- Book In Advance! This park is very popular and quickly fills up on weekend, if you are planning a trip make sure you book well in advance to ensure you will have a site.
- Check the Weather! The river’s flow is directly effected by the amount of rainfall. If you are planning a trip pull up the weather to make sure it will not make for unsafe conditions.
This park is amazingly quiet and peaceful. Took my son camping here and we had a great time fishing, bird watching and hiking. The staff offered tips on landing trout and my son was able to catch his very first one!
Walk down to the river and float in a toob. It is a wonderful summer adventure. Large sites, friendly people. You will need a WIFI booster if you want to get online. Nice visitors center, nice bathrooms.
We visited on a Thursday to Sunday stay so saw both the weekday and weekend. The park filled up on Friday night with families enjoying the weekend out of San Antonio. Beautiful river views from the hiking trails and the majority of campsites are well shaded.
We got caught in the reservation switch with the State of Texas - however the park staff was super helpful in making sure we got our reservation correct. Restrooms and facilities were well maintained, including the trails which were well marked.
We wanted to do the star party but it was cloudy. It was great to see the number of activities from geocaching to fishing that the staff promoted.
We will be back for a future stay.
Spots are great! Walking for tent camping is close about 50 ft but get here early as it’s very crowded. Lots of people fishing too so be careful of hooks in the water. We did a little hiking but not a ton of that to do here.
This is a very nice river park that spans a considerable size along the Guadalupe River. Trout fishing is great, swimming is too! We've kayaked this river at least 100times in the last 5 years and each time we had lots of fun. Outside the park boundary, unfortunately, all of the land is privately owned so you cant go out and explore on foot.. but kayaking up and down the river is great! We've also tubed the river which is also fun.
The park offers trails for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use. Also note this park does get very busy in the summer and fills up quick on summer days. Recommend you reserve your campsites ahead of time and get there early in the mornings if you are doing day use.
Great park for making lasting memories. Watch out for the racoons.. we've witnessed them pick up entire unopened bags of Lays chips and run off with them in the middle of the night. They are tactical and fearless.