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Guadalupe River - Gruene / New Braunfels, Texas.


This is a map, directions and information about the Guadalupe River near Gruene, Texas.

Directions: Go I-10 to Seguine, Texas (near San Antonio). Turn north on TX-46 - go 12.4 miles. Turn Right on RIVERCREST DR - go 0.2 miles. Turn Left on GRUENE RD - go 1.0 mile. You will cross the Guadelupe River before you go up a hill and into the town of Gruene.


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GUADALUPE RIVER.  The Guadalupe's principal tributaries are the Comal and the San Marcos rivers. 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.


GRUENE, TEXAS. Gruene has been designated a Historic Town by the State of Texas.   The name of the town is pronounced like the color "Green". This town is a treasure trove of shops, antiques, some very good restaurants and a wine shop.

Henry D. Gruene, the town's founder, originally bought land for a cotton farm in 1872 with his father and brothers. He built his first home in 1872 and modified it over the years. It still stands proudly with its Victoria galleries today as the Gruene Mansion Inn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Texas Historic Landmark.

From Historic Gruene, Austin is 40 miles to the north, San Antonio is 25 miles to the south, and Houston is 160 miles to the east.  New Braunfels and Canyon Lake are only minutes away.

Gruene Hall, a bar and dance hall, was built in the 1880’s and soon became the social center for the community.  It still stands at the end of Hunter Road and the intersection of Gruene Road.  It is oldest dance hall in Texas and many country-singing stars and legends have performed there over the years.  Willie Nelson, George Strait, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett are some of the well-known singers.  A complete list of the singers is displayed inside the hall.

Jump right in and cool off! The water’s great for swimming, wading, tubing, and rafting. The whole family can enjoy a day in the waters of the Guadalupe River.

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Note: This is a reprint of an article published in the July/August 1987 Texas Diver magazine by James B. Adair. Enjoy some history with us.