Columbus, Frelsburg, New Ulm, and Cat Spring

Columbus, Texas

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Some 56 miles west of Houston’s city limits, Columbus is in one of the oldest inhabited areas of the state. Wide and smooth (and usually opaque with sediment), with only a few small rapids, the Colorado River at Columbus is relatively safe for novice canoeists. The numerous long sandbars make night floats a timeless experience. Moonlight glows from these freshwater beaches, and the wildlife show is fascinating as the river comes alive with beaver, deer, and raccoons. This also is spectacular wildflower territory in the spring. As you come into town from Frelsberg, watch for an unusual twelve-sided building on a rise to the left. This is the Cat Spring Agricultural Society Hall, built in 1902 and still the heart of community activities. If you want to use Cat Spring as a touring base, consider over-nighting at Southwind Bed and Breakfast, a working spread for registered Texas Longhorns. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Houston. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

Columbus, Frelsburg, New Ulm, and Cat Spring Professional Review and Guide

"Some 56 miles west of Houston’s city limits, Columbus is in one of the oldest inhabited areas of the state. Wide and smooth (and usually opaque with sediment), with only a few small rapids, the Colorado River at Columbus is relatively safe for novice canoeists. The numerous long sandbars make night floats a timeless experience. Moonlight glows from these freshwater beaches, and the wildlife show is fascinating as the river comes alive with beaver, deer, and raccoons.

This also is spectacular wildflower territory in the spring. As you come into town from Frelsberg, watch for an unusual twelve-sided building on a rise to the left. This is the Cat Spring Agricultural Society Hall, built in 1902 and still the heart of community activities. If you want to use Cat Spring as a touring base, consider over-nighting at Southwind Bed and Breakfast, a working spread for registered Texas Longhorns. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Houston. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Columbus
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Columbus, Frelsburg, New Ulm, and Cat Spring

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