Canyon Park’s Madrone Trail Fully Reopens Friday after Signage Is Updated
The “full” Madrone Trail in Canyon Lake reopens Friday, May 26, but only on a trial basis.
The Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) wants to assess the impact of full public access on the rocky, 7.6-mile trail in Canyon Park after collaborating with Comal Trails Alliance to design educational signage.
WORD leased Canyon Park from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) earlier this year and is working on a number of upgrades. It initially closed off the portion of Madrone Trail that enters into Canyon Park past the gatehouse, at the end of the causeway road, to resolve conflicts between trail and park use.
“If the trial-period issues are minimal, as we expect, we hope to leave the full trail open for public access on a permanent basis,” WORD General Manager Mike Dussere said in a statement.
The new signage will help recreationalists find and navigate the fee area.
Visitors are asked to stay on the trail and away from the lake. There is curently no lake access from Madrone trail.
The district is working on other major trail improvements and will release more details about these projects later this summer.
Austin Buck, president of Comal Trails Alliance, said the Madrone Trail is very popular with area mountain bikers.
Many of them have biked the trail for 20 years and did not know it was even part of Canyon Park, he said.
Infrastructure like concrete picnic tables and old camping areas date back to the 1960s, Buck said. His nickname for Madrone Trail was once “The Land of Concrete Picnic Tables That No One Ever Uses.”
Canyon Park hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WORD is a park-and-recreation district created by the Texas legislature in 1987. The district encompasses Canyon Lake and over 30 miles of floatable water onthe Guadalupe River above and below Canyon Lake.