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8 Best Things to Do in Canyon Lake

Known as “The Jewel” of Texas Hill Country, this scenic city is a must-visit when you’re driving in town. Located along the Guadalupe River, it’s the perfect place to unwind, relax, see the wildlife, and bask in nature. Read this guide to fully enjoy your Canyon Lake visit.

1. Take a scenic cruise along River Road

A must-drive whenever you’re visiting the town. It takes you on a picturesque nature adventure where you’ll see a lot of fun activities such as fossil hunting, bird watching, geocaching, and paddle boarding.

It takes you into river crossings, farmlands, ranches, and tree tunnels until you’ll reach the route end at Overlook Park.

2. Fishing at Canyon Lake

​Experience one of the best fishing areas in the state. Catfish, white and striped bass, and a good amount of largemouth bass are just some of the few fishes you can catch here. Make sure to fish in season and acquire a Texas fishing license in order to cast your fishing line on the lake!

3. Visit the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country

​See dinosaur fossils, Native American artifacts, and antique vintage pieces from the 1800s through the 1950s. A must-visit and designed for all ages museum that offers a lot to see and learn.

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4. Take a hike

It’s no wonder that this place offers a lot of outdoor activities. It has 31 trails that cover around 171 miles! Whether you’re a beginner or expert this is a must-do when you’re in town. Discover some beautiful views and the abundant wildlife it offers.

5. Go to Canyon Lake Gorge

​As a result of torrential rains and floods back in 2002, this 64-acre gorge was created. It shows fossils, limestones, and dinosaur footprints from more than 100 years ago. Schedule a tour to see magnificent waterfalls, lagoons, springs, and a whole new ecosystem. It might be a tough hike but sure is a fulfilling experience!

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6. Scuba Dive

Find Atlantis in the heart of Texas! Canyon Lake is a favorite scuba diving destination when you’re in Central Texas. You’ll see sunken treasures such as cars, boats, houses, and even graveyards. A rumor spreads that if you look hard enough you’ll find an underwater ghost town.

7. Watch a Show Whitewater Amphitheater

When visiting around April to October, take a chance to see their website to book for some upcoming shows. Famous singers have played here before among them are Pat Green, Sublime, and Miranda Lambert so you’re sure that you’ll catch some good concerts and shows here.

8. Go for a Swim

Never leave the town without having a good dip in its refreshing waters. Canyon Lake boasts 3 parks with beaches on them but be sure to bring your life jackets since there are no lifeguards on duty.

Spend a great time in The Jewel of Texas Hill Country! When you're in New Braunfels, stop by 7 Monks Café for some amazing Indian and Mediterranean cuisine.

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