River Road runs along one of the most popular recreational sections of the Guadalupe River. This often-overlooked gem of a motorcycle riding route offers stunning views of Texas hill country and easy mid-ride access to the refreshing Guadalupe River. Here’s what you need to know as you explore this area.
Navigating River Road on your motorcycle
River Road along the Guadalupe River starts in the community of New Braunfels, Texas. To help you make the most of your ride, we put together this virtual Guadalupe River road map. Use it as a reference, and feel free to add any stops you want to make along the way.
Guadalupe River Road: A gateway to paradise
Ready for the thrill of motorcycle riding, the excitement of shooting rapids, and the serenity of gently floating down a winding river? Then the Guadalupe River should be at the top of your destination list. We’ve answered some frequently asked questions to help you prepare for some river recreation.
Where can you enter the Guadalupe River?
Between the Canyon Lake Dam and New Braunfels, you’ll find more than a dozen opportunities to get in the water. You can rent kayaks, canoes, and tubes. Most outfitters along the river offer shuttle services, so you can park your motorcycle, swap your hot leathers for swimwear, enjoy the river, and get a lift back to your bike.
When is the best time to float the Guadalupe River?
Floating—or, as some call it, tubing—is most popular in the warmer months. Late spring to early fall is usually optimal. Of course, you can access the river in the off-season as well. Just make sure to pack your colder weather gear.
How long does it take to float the Guadalupe River?
As long as you want it to take. The primary recreational waterway runs from just below the Canyon Lake Dam to a boat ramp beneath Interstate 35 in New Braunfels. This is almost 24 miles of river fun. Most folks, however, spend between two and five hours floating in the calmer areas of the river.
How much does it cost to float the Guadalupe River?
If you bring your own tube, you can park and float the river and only pay a small fee for a shuttle. Check with some outfitters to determine which can accommodate motorcycle parking and shuttle return for non-equipment renters. That said, it’s usually not worth the hassle of packing your own tube, since tube rentals are available for as little as $15 from outfitters.
Prepare for the Texas hill country climate
Motorcycle riding in Texas hill country is a four-season affair. Here’s some climate data to help you plan your trip:
Stops to make along Guadalupe River Road
Canyon Lake is a major recreational area, with eight lakeside parks where you can park and enjoy a picnic lunch. The lake offers ample opportunities for swimming, camping, boating, fishing, and other activities. You’ll also find two marinas where you can rent a boat or personal watercraft.
Guadalupe River State Park
Guadalupe River State Park features some of the most pristine areas in Texas hill country. The river cuts through the park, providing a five-mile paddling route. This wonderful resource for outdoor activities sits within easy riding distance of San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Austin.
Everything’s bigger in Texas—which means there’s plenty of room for other great motorcycle routes! Since you’re in hill country, check out the Twisted Sisters.
When was the last time you reviewed your motorcycle insurance? Before your next trip, make sure your coverage makes sense for you, and check to see if you qualify for any new discounts.
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