Outdoors

New paddling trail to be unveiled April 30

Texas’ newest paddling trail is a 9.9-mile stretch on the upper Guadalupe River near Spring Branch. It officially will open to the public April 30.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Nichol’s Landing Paddling Trail will be held at 10 a.m. April 30. After the ceremonies, canoe and kayak enthusiasts will be allowed to paddle the initial five-mile stretch from Nichol’s Landing to a bridge at Farm-to-Market Road 311. Shuttle service will be provided back to the starting point.

An additional section of the trail, past FM 311 to Rebecca Creek Crossing, provides nature enthusiasts with a total of 9.9 miles of paddling through generally clear, cold water over a limestone bed.

Nichol’s Landing will be the state’s sixth inland paddling trail. The others include the Goliad Paddling Trail on the San Antonio River, Luling Zedler Mill Paddling Trail on the San Marcos River, the Columbus Paddling Trail and the Bastrop-El Camino Real Paddling Trail on the Colorado River and the Victoria Paddling Trail-Riverside Park on the Guadalupe River.

Highway signage, maintained put-in and take-out areas, interpretive information and maps will be provided at the new site.

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