Shortest River in Texas: Comal River, New Braunfels


New Braunfels is home to the shortest navigable river in Texas, the crystal-clear Comal River.  And when I say that New Braunfels is “home” to the river, I mean it.  The entire length of the river, 2.5 miles, lies within the city limits.  The Comal begins at a spring, and ends as it empties into the Guadalupe River.

Just a few blocks from town, you can get a good look at the river at Mill Pond…

and see the old Lower Colorado River Authority hydroelectric plant, now converted into the Landmark Lofts.

The home of Wurstfest is also located along the Comal River.  Wurstfest is an annual 10-day celebration of sausage and German heritage.

Wurstfest is held every year, around the end of October or the first of November.  You can find the details of this year’s celebration on the Wurstfest website.

You can find the Wurstfest fairgrounds, the old LCRA hydro plant, and Comal River access at Landa Park, all on Landa Park Drive.  Just follow TX-46 a few blocks north of the city center.

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