Guadalupe River State Park

Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20, 2003

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Guadalupe River State Park is located near Bulverde and Spring Branch , Texas.  Guadalupe River State Park is in the Texas Hill Country.   The Texas State Parks web site has information on the park.  Information on this part of the Texas Hill Country can be found in the Hill Country Sun.

Honey Creek State Natural Area adjoins the state park.  At 9:00 AM every Saturday, there is a guided interpretive tour of Honey Creek State Natural Area.  This is worth doing.  The tour is guided by volunteers from the Friends of Guadalupe River and Honey Creek.  This is a good group dedicated to improving the park.

Guadalupe River State Park is similar in many respects to Pedernales State Park.   The similarities are in terms of features, trails, rivers, campsites, etc.   The differences are in the way the parks are run.  Guadalupe is a much better run park.  The ranger station is open until late each evening.  They ensure that all visitors to the park have acquired all the necessary permits.  The park has a gate that is closed after 10 PM each night.  Every person in the park belongs there.   The park is cleaner.  Less trash.  Cleaner bathrooms and showers.   Better behaved guests.

The ranger station at Pedernales closes at 5:00 PM.  All sorts of people show up after 5 and leave before 8:00 AM.  There is no gate so there is no fees being collected to support the park.  Because of the number of transients flowing through the park, the park has much more litter and the bathrooms are messy.  The guests are noisier.  Other small bits of maintenance are not being done.  Grass isn't being mowed, brush isn't being cleared.

The Guadalupe River flows through the park.  Access to the river is easy.   Trails go from the campsite areas down to the river.  The best place for swimming is the day use area.  Pictures are towards the bottom of this page.   Saturday afternoon we drove through the day use area and there was literally no parking left.  All spots had been taken and folks were parked along the road leading to the parking lot.  The day use area is good for swimming and wading.  Folks were fishing there on Sunday morning.

Many of the cypress trees along the river are quite large.  In 1998 and again in 2002, there were 500 year floods that caused damage to many of the trees along the river.   This damage is still visible today.  There are still enough trees left along the river that you can get the feeling of trees lining the river.  It is pretty like an old impressionist painting.  I can't describe it.  Honey Creek is even more incredible.

The spider below spun his web on our portable fences.  He measured about two inches long.

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The vultures are bopping around the picnic areas looking for bits of food.  It beats the heck out of picking up dead stuff on the road.

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