My girlfriend hiked the South Guadalupe Trail along the Guadalupe River. As my track file shows, you can go much further than 1/4 mile. The hike takes you behind the dam and along the river.
There will be confusion because you have labeled this trail under Guadalupe Park. I live a few miles away and to the best of my knowledge, this "trail" does not have a name, it is simply known as the "Nature Trail". It is on the Guadalupe River and is a pleasant and short walk through the trees. The confusion comes from the neighboring Guadalupe State Park which is about 20 minutes away on the other side of Bulverde. Some of the posts I read were refering to the trails at the State Park while the map and other posts were refering to the Nature Trail. If you are going to visit the Nature Trail make sure you stop off across the street at the Canyon Lake Dam. While not an official trail, if you will follow the shore away from the dam you can hike your way over and around bolders, away from the summer time crowds and get to a seldom visited cove that is great for swimming or fishing.
This hike was okay the grass was so high it was hard to see anything but the grass at times it was hard to tell if we were still on the trail Nothing to difficult pretty typical for a state park trail Did enjoy the day it took about 1hr 30 min I would like to try loop 3 rugged trail good park we also did the small loop around the river that was pretty I want to do the honey trail but didnt get up in time to do the hike
A great place to hike in the summer because the water in the river is so cold coming out of Canyon Dam that the air temperature along most of the trail is a good 10-15 degrees cooler than in the parking lot. And being that the water is icy cold, there was no one tubing in the river along the trail. There are houses lining the other side of the river, but most of the time you don't notice them.
The trail is well maintained; there are a few benches provided, and steps built for the steepest parts of the trail. Being that we had come to Canyon Lake to swim, I was only equipped with flip-flops for footwear, but I managed it just fine. We happened upon this trail and despite my lack of appropriate footwear decided to hike anyway! (Note to self: always, always, have a pair of hiking boots in the trunk!!)
This hike was my kids' very first, and I believe the hiking bug bit them...they've been begging to hit the trails again ever since!
This was a geat trail. Its well made very interesting trail that goes up and down the side of a steep river bank. There are several well maintained bridges along the trail and several steep climbs. The trail is about half a mile out then makes a small loop then comes back. The only down point is you only view is the houses on the other side of the river. And dogs are allowed if they are on a leash.
Great time of the year to go...there was no one there.