Guadalupe River State Park Beach is one of the wonderful Canyon Lake beaches. Located within a short drive from Austin and San Antonio, it is one of the state’s most popular destinations for various forms of outdoor recreation.
With four miles of the Guadalupe River frontage, the park is extremely popular for tubing and paddling. It’s also a good swimming hole, and many people come here exactly for that. In addition to the above mentioned, this place boasts a beautiful nature and interesting history.
Location and Access
Guadalupe River State Park is located in Kendall and Comal counties at the north end of Park Road 31. Downtown Austin is just 30 miles south from the park and it takes little time to commute between the two points, so one-day recreational trips are quite popular with Austinites.
The entrance fee is $7 for adults (children under 13 can go for free). The park is open from 8 a. m. to 10 p. m. every day. Before visiting, please contact the park since they can close trails due to weather conditions.
On holidays and summer weekends, the river area can get filled very quickly, so it’s better to travel during the week if you want to enjoy more space and tranquility. There is a dedicated swimming area with a pebble beach.
The river water is clean and clear, not very deep but still enough for some enjoyable swimming. The current is quite strong though, so please exercise caution. For more comfort and stability in the swimming area, water shoes are recommended.
Guadalupe River State Park boasts four miles of river frontage and offers good opportunities for recreation near, on, and in the water. Such activities as sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddling, tubing, and fishing are very popular. By the way, you can rent fishing gear directly on site. When the water levels in the Guadalupe River are good, you can make several different paddling trips, including one down the 5-mile Guadalupe River State Park Paddling Trail.
If you prefer to stay on land, there is still plenty to do in Guadalupe River State Park. You can hike, camp, ride bikes or horses, geocache, birdwatch, or have a picnic.
There is a campground with 9 tent sites and 85 electric and water sites. You can rent camping equipment on site. If you’re in the mood for long walks, you can explore 13 miles of hike and bike trails with scenic views. Some of the trails also allow horseback riding.
- 25 minutes from Downtown Spring Branch, TX
- 55 minutes from San Antonio, TX
- 1 hour 40 minutes from Austin, TX
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Guadalupe River State Park Beach which you can visit: