You might be tempted to dismiss this waterway as the Pecos lite, but the Devils packs a bigger punch into less than one hundred miles.
This river is usually too dry to be much good for floating, but it supports a host of other sports.
The lush woodlands along the river support a large variety of bird-life, including herons, hawks, and kingfishers.
What’s missing from all the bureaucratic back and forth over permits and mining and dredging is a sense of the importance of the river itself.
Wide and slow, the river is lined with familiar bottomland hardwood trees like sycamore, cherrybark oak, and the pretty but invasive chinaberry.
Grass tussocks cover the frequent sandbanks, and behind them steep, thickly-wooded slopes complete the air of rustic isolation.
Roughly three miles from Junction as the crow files, the river veers across the valley floor and through pecan-forested bottomlands.
If you’re looking for a nice out-of-the-way Hill Country spot to cool off in, this gem, twenty minutes from the site of the Kerrville Folk Festival, is your answer.
Whether you want to swim, kayak, fly-fish, or simply be part of the joyful throngs of tubers who crowd the river in the summertime, the Guadalupe is the place.
This river seems to have a little bit of everything—juniper trees reminiscent of the Hill Country, tall pine trees as in East Texas, and the dense hardwood bottoms one would expect to find in these parts.
A trip down this waterway is one of the last real adventures you can have in this state.
The Neches’s only natural waterfalls, Rocky Shoals, can be a mere two feet high in low-water conditions.
Throw a canoe on the roof or a tube in the trunk and head for the Llano, the Brazos, the Pecos, the Trinity, the Guadalupe, or any of the other rivers on this list of the twenty best trips to take on Texas waterways this summer.