Hiking Guadalupe River State Park

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While visiting the Texas Hill Country we wanted to get at least one good hike in. A chance to explore and see new trails. Due to the pandemic we had to reserve our day pass a couple weeks in advance, $7 for adults, children under 12 are free. Guadalupe River State Park is divided into two halves by the Guadalupe River: the main side and the Bauer Unit. We decided to go hike the Bauer Unit, please note that for this portion of the park all day pass tickets must be purchased online a head of time. This part of the park is a day use area only with limited river access. You can get there but it is about a three mile hike down to the water’s edge.

There is no permanent park staff on the Bauer side of the park and the parking lot is gravel. There are also no restrooms and only a single picnic table near the trailhead. The trails are well marked though and well maintained. Trail maps are available at the trailhead and the trails are open to both hikers and bikers

The river was not deep and only came up just a little past my knees. However the water was moving quite quickly in places and the riverbed in this area is rock that can be slippery. The river was perfect to wade in and cool down with after hiking for several miles. From the river it was a three mile loop back to the parking lot.

The hottest portion of the trail was the Little Bluestem Loop. There is very little shade.

This is a beautiful state park and I can’t wait to go back to hike the trails in the main portion of the park or maybe float down the waters of the Guadalupe River in a tub. Safe hiking.

Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!

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