Fall and Winter Water & River Recreation in New Braunfels, Texas

As summer turns to fall and winter in New Braunfels, the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers bid farewell to their beloved swimmers, kayakers, and tubers. But the cooler temps bring calmness and serenity to the breathtaking scenery of the Texas Hill Country.

Autumn in New Braunfels is the perfect time for camping, hiking, and horseback riding along the tree-shaded banks of our rivers. Migration patterns bring new opportunities for bird watchers to spot winter visitors. The changing leaves paint ancient trees with fiery red, gold, and orange.

Fly fishing is one of the most popular fall activities in New Braunfels. In fact, the cold waters of the Guadalupe River below the Canyon Lake Dam offer some of the best trout fishing in the nation. Each winter, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stocks rainbow in several locations between the Canyon Lake dam and the City of New Braunfels. Anglers come from all over the world for a chance to land a feisty bass or a beautiful rainbow trout.

Luckily for them, New Braunfels river outfitters tackle, bait, and boat rentals all along the banks of the Guadalupe. Knowledgeable river guides can lead locals and tourists alike to the hottest fishing spots on the Guadalupe. They’ll also advise on the best bait and line to bring home your trophy.

More Outdoor Fun

If fishing isn't your thing, you'll find plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy. New Braunfels has parks, hiking trails, and unique walking tours.

Walk or bike through Landa Park or Fischer Park to catch a glimpse of diverse wildlife, including ducks and deer. Underground adventures at Natural Bridge Caverns and a drive-through safari at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch are just a short drive away.

Take a break to enjoy a brew or two in the fall breeze at one of our local breweries. For more nature adventures, head over to Canyon Lake for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and boating. Did you know the Canyon Lake Gorge is home to 110 million year old fossils and dinosaur footprints? See for yourself on a gorge tour!

Warm Up Indoors

Once you've gotten your fill of outdoor adventure and taken in the natural beauty of New Braunfels, make sure to check out our fantastic museums, breweries and wineries, entertainment venues, and shopping districts! 

Don’t forget that our hotels, campgrounds, and vacation rentals make perfect basecamps for your New Braunfels adventure. And our award-winning restaurants will keep you fueled up and happy.

Life in New Braunfels may slow down a little as the year draws to a close, but the outdoor activities will leave you breathless. Plan your visit today.