Boerne-Canyon Lake Loop

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Here is a trip you should find interesting if you want to go by a truck load of campgrounds and liveries on the Lower Guadalupe River and the Horseshoe (two places popular with tubers), or if you want to go explore some of the Canyon Lake parks. Starting in Boerne you can go for a morning walk at the Cibolo Nature Center and when you are through, get onto 46. ·Stay on 46 heading east and you will go through Bergheim, Oak Cliff Acres, and Valley View before arriving at the outskirts of New Braunfels. ·When you come to Loop 337 just outside of New Braunfels you need to turn left and head east for the drive over to River Road, which should be located next to a Shell gas station. Turn left onto River Road.·You will follow River Road for a couple of miles and it will bend back to the right at Amigo Mel’s and the River Road Ice House. This begins a several mile stretch of Guadalupe River crossings that contains many, many campgrounds and several tube, raft and kayak outfitters. If you have never stayed at any of these campgrounds, we recommend that you consider making this drive in the off season so you can get an idea of the amenities that each site offers. Also, the TPWD annually stocks this portion of the Guadalupe with trout so you might want to stop at some of the campgrounds to get the low down on those flappers and to see talk about which flies the Guads are hitting on these days. ·Heading north on River Road you will see some sites that are tent campgrounds only, and some that allow tent and RV camping. Several of the sites are located across the river from bluffs or cliffs, which can make for some spectacular scenery.·A few of the outfitters are located in the following general locations – At the 1st crossing – Camp Huaco Springs and Jerry’s Rentals – Between 1st and 2nd crossings – River Road Camp Rentals, Roy’s and Janie’s – Between 2nd and 3rd crossings – Gardo’s, Mountain Breeze, Bezdek’s, Good Times – Between 3rd and 4th crossings – Lazy L&L, Little Ponderosa and – Above the 4th crossing – Rio Raft ·After passing the 4th crossing you will come to Sattler where you will want to turn right onto 2673. This will take you to the “Horseshoe” (at the intersection with 306) where there are several other outfitters (e.g., Andy’s and The Shanty) and a few more campgrounds. In this neck of the woods folks usually put tubes in around the upstream (north) 306 crossing and float to the downstream crossing in a large semi-circle where they get out of the river and walk back up the hill to repeat the process – the Horseshoe. ·Daisy Dukes also is located at the Horseshoe and they and the Shanty both have beer gardens for your cerveza consuming enjoyment after you finish tubing. You will have a couple of options for getting back to Boerne. You also will be taking the road that accesses the parks on the north shore of Canyon Lake while you are up here so keep your eyes open for the signs.·You might want to stick your head in the door of Café Frank Bait and Tackle, which as you might suspect is a restaurant and bait shop you will encounter on the way over to 281 while driving on 306. There are so many things hanging on the wall it is difficult to locate the banos. A couple of more bait stores to look for are Fisherman’s Corner and Texas Treasures. ·First option back to Boerne – take 306 to 281 and turn left (south) on 281 until you come to the Old Spring Branch Road on the right hand side, you will pass by both Guadalupe Canoe and Camping and Guadalupe Canoe and Livery if you keep heading south on 281. From 281 take Old Spring Branch Road to Nichol’s Landing at Specht’s Crossing, which is a great place to put in a kayak. Take Old Spring Branch all the way to 46 where you can turn right and go past the entrance to Guadalupe River State Park and that will get you back to Boerne and then you can re-gather yourself while relaxing at the Dodging Duck. ·Second option. From 306, head north on 281 towards Twin Sisters and turn left on 473 (west) and go to Kendalia. You can either drop down south from Kendalia on 3351 to Bergheim (you will pass the Bergheim Campground, which is another good place to begin a paddle trip), or keep heading west on 473 until you get to 474 where you can turn left and drop down to Boerne.

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Boerne-Canyon Lake Loop

Boerne, TX 78006
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