Ancient cypress tress line the limestone shores of the clear waters of the Guadalupe River in Gruene, Texas near New Braunfels.
GUADALUPE RIVER. The Guadalupe River rises in two forks in western Kerr County. Its North Fork begins just south of State Highway 41, four miles from the Real-Kerr county line (at 30°06’ N, 99°39’ W), and runs east for twenty-two miles to its confluence with the South Fork, near Hunt (at 30°04’ N, 99°20’ W). The South Fork rises three miles southwest of the intersection of State Highway 39 and Farm Road 187 (at 29°56’ N, 99°35’ W) and runs northeast for twenty miles to meet the North Fork. After the two branches converge, the Guadalupe River proper flows southeast for 230 miles, passing through Kerr, Kendall, Comal, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, and Victoria counties. It then forms the boundary between southern Victoria County and Calhoun County and between Calhoun and Refugio counties before reaching its mouth on San Antonio Bay (at 28°26’ N, 96°48’ W). The Guadalupe’s principal tributaries are the Comal and the San Marcos rivers. Its drainage area is about 6,070 square miles. The upper Guadalupe flows across part of the Edwards Plateau. Near the river, high limestone bluffs support bald cypress, mesquite, and grasses. The Balcones fault line, which the river crosses near New Braunfels, marks the transition to the coastal plains. Sections of the upper and middle reaches of the river are suitable for canoeing, but a number of small waterfalls prevent uninterrupted navigation of the entire river. The lower Guadalupe is generally much quieter and has more sand bars that lend themselves to camping and day use.
Excerpt from Texas Online Handbook
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