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Comal Trails Alliance cleans up Canyon Lake's Panther Canyon Trail.

Water not for you? Mother Nature has trails, too.

Fresh air, sunshine (sort of) and nature are abundant in New Braunfels, where 10 parks features walking paths or trails.  Click here to see a list of those trails.

To add scenery and a little challenge to your routine, hike over to Canyon Lake and enjoy Madrone, Hancock, North Guadalupe, South Guadalupe, Overlook Park and Dam Crest trails. Don’t forget Guadalupe River State Park in Spring Branch, either.

To see maps of Canyon Lake trails, click here.

New Braunfels

Panther Canyon Trail

Trail is located in Landa Park from Landa Park Drive to Ohio Avenue.

Panther Canyon Trail begins near the headwaters of the Comal Springs which are fed by waters of the Edwards Aquifer emerging within the Balcones fault zone. The trail ascends the Balcones Escarpment into the Edwards Plateau under the shade of oaks, Ashe juniper, cedar elm and under-story trees including Mexican buckeye, kidneywood and Texas persimmon.

The trail crosses a dry creek bed of an ephemeral stream that only flows during or immediately after a rain. The trail covers over 49 acres and is home to many native plants and wildlife. The gently sloping pedestrian trail leads visitors approximately eight-tenths of a mile through the Balcones Escarpment. Hikers should allow at least 1.5 hours for the 1.6 mile round trip hike.

Dry Comal Nature Trail

The Dry Comal Trail is located off Loop 337 and Dry Comal Creek, surrounding the Little League Ball fields. It’s a 2.25-mile loop, open to hike and bike traffic only. This is the only mountain bike trail in the park system.

The Dry Comal Hike and Bike Trail winds through several different vegetation habitats: a savanna with prickly pear cacti and mesquite trees, an upland forest of old live oaks, Ashe juniper, cedar elm and riparian habitat including boxelder, hackberry and pecan trees. Established in 2003 by the Parks and Recreation Department and volunteer groups, the trail offers great recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities.

County Line Memorial Trail

The County Line Memorial Trail extends 2.18 Miles from County Line Road to Hwy 725.  It’s the newest addition to New Braunfels’ Parks and Recreation trails system, and the first linear trail. Amenities along the trail include trees, rest areas with benches, and pedestrian bridges connecting surrounding neighborhoods to the trail. The wetlands are nearby, close to Highway 1044.
Near Hwy 1044 along the County Line Memorial Trail are the Wetlands.

Canyon Lake

Madrone Trail
Canyon Park Road one mile off FM 306 on north side of Canyon Lake, TX 78133

Madrone Trail is a six- to eight-mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Canyon Lake, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate although several sections are fairly technical for bikers. Includes drops, ledges and several rock gardens. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Trail is popular with mountain bikers as well.

The Madrone Trail gets its name from the Madrone Tree. There are several of the trees near the trail head with in the first 2 miles of trail. The tree is famous for its pinkish red bark that is visible at certain times of the year. In 2011, Boy Scouts set up a fence around one of the larger Madrone Trees on the trail, along with a plaque describing the tree specie.

The trail is a great hiking trail for all levels from beginner on up. The terrain is often rocky with some soil. Majority of the trail runs through the trees creating adequate cover from direct sun. The trail varies from flat to steep on a few climbs.

The vistas are breath taking along the trail. During the spring many plants put off spectacular blooms. There is an abundance of wildlife in the park depending upon the season. Cottontail rabbits, gray squirrels, rock squirrels, striped skunk, raccoon, snakes (variety), nine-banded armadillo, white tail deer, opossum, red fox, gray fox and so many more live in the area.

This trail is an intermediate to advanced level mountain biking trail with several sections that are fairly technical to most riders. This includes drops, ledges, tight turns, narrow path and other natural obstacles.

Hancock Trail
102 Hancock Rd, Canyon Lake, TX 78133

The trail head is located at the end of Old Hancock Road just off FM 306 on the north side of the lake. Hancock Trail is designated for equestrians but hikers and bikers are welcome.

Old Hancock Trail is a 3.5 mile trail along the north shoreline of Canyon Lake. Most of the trail is over open meadow — bring sunscreen. The trail surface throughout is packed dirt and mowed grass, with a bit of rock thrown in here and there. It generally follows the shore of Canyon Lake, so there is relatively little elevation gain for a hike of this length. Lots of deer and other wildlife.

Click here to read a detailed review of this trail.

Overlook Park Trail
Near Canyon Lake  Dam

The trail in Overlook Park is open and runs the length of the dam and connects into the woods in Overlook Park.

Half of the trail gently follows the contours of the hill as it winds through the trees and back around on the outside of the trees.

Trail head is by the parking area near the dam. The trail can be seen to the left of the parking area. Part of the trail goes into the woods by the large cactus patch around the corner. Look for the tall brown posts with numbers on them. Trail 1 designates the main trail through the park. There are several branches off of trail 1 that are steeper for those that like a challenge.

Over Half of the the trail is heavily shaded and the other half is partial shade to full sun. Come prepared for a nice hike and a challenging one too.

During the spring many plants put off spectacular blooms along the trail and in Overlook Park. There is an abundance of wildlife in the park depending upon the season.

Dam Crest Trail
Canyon Lake Dam

Canyon Dam Trail is a straight, long trail that runs along the crest (top) of Canyon Dam. This trail is accredited for beautiful views of Canyon Lake.

You can access the trail from Overlook Park at the top of C.O.E. Road on the South end of the dam or from the North end of the dam off of North Park Road. Both locations offer parking.

Canyon Dam Trail is also popular with hikers, photographers, or anyone wanting to view beautiful Canyon Lake, so please be respectful to these visitors while riding across the dam.

Located along the crest road of the dam, this trail provides a popular 1 mile leisurely stroll across the top of Canyon Dam, which offers a beautiful view of the lake and river valley. Since the trail is very flat and scenic, it is especially popular for folks needing to walk for medical rehab or those just beginning an exercise program. The south trailhead parking area is in Overlook Park which opens daily at 7 a.m. and closes at sunset. The trail can also be accessed on the north end of the dam via North Park Road.

North and South Guadalupe Trails
Located at the base of Canyon Dam off South Access Road and FM 306

North – Fishing is great in the discharge area of Canyon Dam especially during trout stocking season (Nov.-Feb.). However, the steep terrain of this area has historically limited its access to people with walking disabilities. Now this area is available for all to enjoy. The Guadalupe North River Trail is a short, paved, fully ADA-accessible trail which leads from a north parking area below the base of the dam to a fishing platform on the river. Canyon Dam is located on South Dam Access Road between FM 306 and FM 2673 near Sattler, Texas.

South – The trailhead is located at the base of Canyon Dam at the far end of the southernmost parking area. It is a short 1/4 mile scenic walk along the bald cypress-lined banks of the Guadalupe River. This riparian trail along with the North River Trail, was built by volunteers during Public Lands Appreciation Day in 1995. We plan to continue to develop and lengthen the trail with help from the Texas Master Naturalists. If you or your group is interested in helping with trail building, or trail maintenance, please contact the Texas Master Naturalist.


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