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Texas whitewater, Crabapple Creek

Gillespie county, Eckert Road to FM 965 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV+     8 miles
  The nature scenery of Texas and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch of Crabapple Creek in Gillespie County is 8 miles long and it is classified as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. If you're coming from Kerrville it's not a long drive at all to
    the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The campgrounds here at Crabapple Creek are pretty good. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. There
arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Eckert Road to FM 965 section is one of them. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states,  
so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy.

Briefly about the general area:
If you wish for a little side visit, try Fool Gap, and while you're here you can take a hike along the Summit Trail. A tour to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area rejuvenates the soul; on a magnificent day you can take a hike along the Echo Canyon Trail. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Here at Crabapple Creek there are plenty of people from Willow City. Throughout the long summer days, highs ordinarily are in the 90's at Crabapple Creek, and the nighttime is fairly cooler of course, ordinarily in the 70's.

Crabapple Creek, Eckert Road to FM 965 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Crabapple Creek.
 Whitewater Near Crabapple Creek:
Crabapple Creek, Gillespie County, 4 miles away
      Class IV+ - 8 miles long (Eckert Road to FM 965)
Sixmile Creek, Llano County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (FM 2323 to FM 152)
North Grape Creek, Gillespie Blanco County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 17.5 miles long (FM 1631 to Pedernales River)
Hickory Creek River, Llano County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 10 miles long (County Road 109 to FM 152)
Sandy Creek, Llano County, 15 miles away
      Class II+ - 4 miles long (Llano CR 310 to SH 71)
Llano River, Llano County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 19 miles long (Llano to FM 3404)
Pedernales River, Blanco County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 16 miles long (Hye to Johnson City)
Beaver Creek, Mason County, 24 miles away
      Class III - 11 miles long (Spring Branch Road to US 87)
Llano River, Mason Llano County, 26 miles away
      Class II(III) - 17 miles long (US 87 to CR 103)
Pedernales River, Blanco County, 27 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 17 miles long (Johnson City to Pedernales Falls SP)
 Hotels Near Crabapple Creek:
Super 8 Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg , 16 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg , 16 miles away
FredericksburgHillCountryHotel, Fredericksburg , 16 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites FREDERICKSBURG, Fredericksburg , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Crabapple Creek:
Oxford Ranch Campground, Llano, 8 miles away
Llano River Golf and RV Resort, Llano, 15 miles away
Robinson City Park, Llano, 15 miles away
 Trails Near Crabapple Creek:
Summit Trail, Llano , 4 miles away
Echo Canyon Trail, Llano , 5 miles away
Loop Trail, Llano , 5 miles away
Lady Bird Johnson Park Trail, Gillespie , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Crabapple Creek:
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas , 5 miles away
Inks Lake State Park, Texas , 30 miles away
Longhorn Cavern State Park, Texas , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Crabapple Creek:
Llano River Golf Course & Rv Resort, Llano , 14 miles away
Fredericksburg City, Fredericksburg , 19 miles away
City Of Llano, Llano , 19 miles away

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