Great Texas Wildlife Trails

Guadalupe Loop

Guadalupe Loop map

Guadalupe Loop mapLanda ParkCamp Huaco SpringsLazy L&L CampgroundRiver Valley Resort-Rio Raft CompanyCanyon Lake Dam and Guadalupe RiverCanyon Lake-North ShoreCanyon Lake and Guadalupe River UpstreamCanyon Lake - South ShoreGuadalupe River State Park

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More information:

  • Canyon Lake COC
    830-964-2223, 800-528-2104, www.canyonlakechamber.com
  • New Braunfels COC
    830-625-2385, 800-572-2626, www.nbcham.org
  • Boerne Area COC
    830-249-8000, 888-842-8080, www.boerne.org

069.gif HOTE 069 Landa Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

Take I-35 South 12.0 miles to exit 187/ Lake McQueeney. Turn right on Seguin Street and follow 1.6 miles through downtown to Landa Park Drive. Turn right on Landa Park Drive and follow 0.4 mile to Landa Park.

Located in New Braunfels, this park sits on the Comal River, fed by Comal Springs. Wildlife viewing is best along Landa Lake, the Wildlife Viewing Area, and Panther Canyon Nature Trail. Great Blue and Green herons, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Belted Kingfisher, and Pied-billed Grebe occur here. In the winter, cormorants and ducks can be found on and near the lake. Look for migrating songbirds in trees throughout the park. White-tailed Deer are common, as are Squirrels, Raccoons, and Armadillos.

070.gif HOTE 070 Camp Huaco Springs

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

Continue through Landa Park 0.5 mile to Lakeview. Turn right and go 0.9 mile to River Road. Turn left for 3.4 miles to the entrance to Camp Huaco Springs on the right.

Camp Huaco Springs offers camping, screened shelters, cabins, and tube rental. Miles of waterfront provide good views of wildlife in and along the Guadalupe River. Summer birds include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Summer Tanager, Painted Bunting, White-eyed Vireo, and Eastern Phoebe. Look for woodpeckers year-round, as well as Northern Flicker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the winter. Look and listen for Barred Owl and Eastern Screech-Owl. Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks nest along the river corridor.

Phone: 830-629-9999.

071.gif HOTE 071 Lazy L & L Campground

Suggested Seasons to visit: November-March

Site access restricted. Call ahead. Fee charged.

Return to River Road and follow north 7.2 miles to entrance on the left.

Nesting birds include Ash-throated and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Parula, and Yellow-throated Warbler. Campgrounds 2 & 3 are heavily wooded with pecans and bald cypress. Look for Golden-fronted, Ladder-backed, and Downy Woodpeckers, and in the winter look for Northern Flicker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Barred Owl or Eastern Screech-Owl may also be seen or heard in these riparian woodlands. This site offers camping, tubing, canoeing, and rafting rentals.

Phone: 830-964-3455. By Reservation.

072.gif HOTE 072 River Valley Resort-Rio Raft Company

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

Turn left/north on River Road and go 2.2 miles to park entrance on right.

The river frontage is wooded by pecan, hackberry, bald cypress, black walnut, and sycamore. Warblers, flycatchers, and vireos can be seen migrating along this riparian habitat

in the spring and fall. In summer, nesters include Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Painted Bunting, and Eastern Phoebe. In winter, look for Belted Kingfisher and Osprey along the river. The site offers camping, cabins, raft, tube, canoe and kayak rentals.

Phone: 877-RIO-RAFT.

073.gif HOTE 073 Canyon Lake Dam and Guadalupe River

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

This area is excellent for viewing birds and wildlife year round. The nature trail meanders through pecan, cypress, and juniper woodlands that attract Indigo and Painted Buntings, Blue Grosbeak, Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, and Wood Duck. Overlook Park offers a scenic view of the lake. A scope is useful to scan for wintering waterfowl and gulls. Black-crested Titmouse regularly nests in the oak woodlands. Also look for Western Kingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Painted Bunting.

Overlook Park: From FM 306, turn onto South Access Road which passes along the top of Canyon Dam. Turn right onto COE Road; proceed up hill to crest and turn-around at Overlook Park.

Guadalupe River Trail Edge: Return to South Access Road, turn left and go 0.2 mile to the fishing areas behind the Guadalupe Tailrace. Park in the lot and walk down to the Nature Trail.

Phone: 830-964-3341.

074.gif HOTE 074 Canyon Lake-North Shore

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

North Park: Return to South Access Road and go 0.5 mile to FM 306. Turn left and go 1.3 miles. Turn left, following the road 1.1 miles to entrance.

Jacobs Creek Park: Return to FM 306, turn left and then immediately left again onto Jacob’s Creek Road. Go 0.6 mile to entrance.

Canyon Park: Return on FM 306 West for 2.1 miles to Canyon Park Road. Turn left on Canyon Park Road and follow 0.6 mile to park entrance.

Potters Creek Park: Return to FM 306, turn left and go 3.5 miles to Potters Creek Road. Turn left and go 2.4 miles to entrance.

The northern shores of Canyon Lake are good places to observe waterfowl and shorebirds during the winter. Breeding woodland birds such as Eastern Phoebe, Blue Grosbeak, Black-chinned Hummingbird, and Summer Tanager can be seen along Old Hancock Trail. White-tailed Deer, Armadillo, Rock and Fox Squirrels, and Raccoons are common. In winter, look for Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Common Loon, Pied-billed and Eared Grebes, Redhead, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers, and Ruddy Duck. American White Pelican, gulls and terns are usually seen along this northern shoreline between Canyon Park and Potters Creek Park. Unusual sightings include Bald Eagle, Pacific and Red-throated Loons and Horned Grebe.

075.gif HOTE 075 Canyon Lake and Guadalupe River Upstream

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

North Cranes Mill Road: Return to FM 306 and turn left, heading west 2.0 miles to Cranesmill Road. Turn left and go 1.6 miles to shoreline.

Rebecca Creek Boat Ramp: Return to FM 306, turn left, and go 3.4 miles to Eagle Rock Road. Turn left for 0.1 mile to Tanglewood Trail. Turn right and go 2.5 miles to boat ramp.

Rebecca Creek Road Crossing: Return north on Tanglewood Trail 0.8 mile to Cypress Cove Rd. Turn left and go 2.3 miles to Rebecca Creek Road. Turn left and go 3.6 miles to Rebecca Creek Road Crossing.

Along this riparian riverside, look for Belted and Green Kingfishers, Barred, Eastern Screech, and Great Horned Owls, Northern Rough-winged, Cliff, Cave, and Barn Swallows. Nesting birds include Wood Duck, Painted Bunting, Canyon Wren, and Northern Parula. Boaters often see flocks of Wild Turkey grazing on the riverbank. Look for resident Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks, but also migrating Broad-winged Hawks and Mississippi Kites. Resident raptors include American Kestrel, Merlin, and Northern Harrier. Bald Eagle has been seen here, as well as Zone-tailed Hawk.

Phone: 830-964-3341.

076.gif HOTE 076 Canyon Lake-South Shore

Suggested Seasons to visit: Winter

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

From Crossing, go south on Rebecca Creek Road for 6.0 miles to TX 311. Turn left and follow 0.5 mile to FM 3159. Turn left again and go 5.4 miles to FM 2673. Turn left on FM 2673, which becomes Cranes Mill Road. Follow 4.2 miles to Cranes Mill Park entrance.

The south shore of Canyon Lake includes Cranes Mill Park and Comal Park. Both parks are set on peninsulas that jut from the south shore of Canyon Lake. Cranes Mill Park is located near the Guadalupe River’s inlet to Canyon Lake. Both of these sites offer clear views of migrating hawks and wintering gulls and terns. Look for Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Gadwall, and American Wigeon. Ring-billed and Bonaparte’s Gulls are common, but look for migrating Franklin’s Gulls, too. Forster’s Terns winter here. Cranes Mill Park also contains grass fields productive for wintering sparrows. Tom Creek Cove is summer home to nesting Blue Grosbeak, Northern Parula, and Golden-cheeked and Yellow-throated Warblers. To reach Comal Park, exit Cranes Mill Park on county road that becomes FM 2673. Go 3.5 miles east to Startzville. Turn left/north onto Canyon Bend Drive and follow road signs 2.3 miles to Comal Park.

077.gif HOTE 077 Guadalupe River State Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

From the intersection of US 281/TX 46 go west on TX 46 for 8 miles to PR 31. Turn onto PR 31 and follow 3.1 miles to park entrance. Watch for the park sign on TX 46.

Guadalupe River State Park is home to a number of rare and threatened species with limited ranges: Cagle’s Map Turtle, Texas Salamander, Honey Creek Cave Salamander, Golden-cheeked Warbler, and the official state fish of Texas, the Guadalupe Bass. In summer, look for nesting Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Summer Tanager, Painted Bunting, Barred, Great Horned, and Eastern Screech Owls, Eastern Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Belted and Green Kingfishers, White-eyed, Red-eyed, and Yellow-throated Vireos, Cooper’s and Red-shouldered Hawks, and Wild Turkey. Enjoy listening to the Canyon Wren serenade from the rock ledges above the river.

Butterflies include Pipevine, Black, and Giant Swallowtails, Orange Sulphur, Checkered White, Red Admiral, Gulf and Variegated Fritillaries. Dragonflies to watch for include Blue Dasher, Red Saddlebags, and Wandering Glider. The park supports a wide variety of mammals including White-tailed Deer, Coyote, Gray Fox, Skunk, Raccoon, Opossum, Bobcat, and Armadillo.

Phone: 830-438-2656. Guadalupe State Park page


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