10 parks near Boerne that are perfect to explore this fall


Pumpkins line the porches, the leaves are starting to turn brown, and the air is crisp in the morning. It’s almost like Texas begging you to be outside, and there’s no better place than in quaint and picturesque Boerne.

Located in the Texas Hill Country, there are many places to explore the natural beauty of the area.

Here are some of them:

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Boerne Trail System: This generous trail system has grown over the years. The three trails wind through the heart of downtown and connect two of the city’s municipal parks: Boerne City Park and River Road Park.

The Boerne Trail System crosses the heart of the city.

City of Boerne

Check out the Old No. 9 Trail, Cibolo Trail, and Currey Trail.

James Kiehl River Bend Park: You can’t miss this serenity 25 acre natural space with its meadows, woods and riparian habitats. Here you can fish, paddle, swim and relax. There is also a mile and a half of trails to explore.

People are seen on June 17, 2020 at Borne City Lake Park.

People are seen on June 17, 2020 at Borne City Lake Park.

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Lake Park in the town of Boerne: With over 100 acres of water and an additional 100 acres of land to explore, the to park has something for everyone. You can swim, fish, kayak and paddle around the lake. There is a disc golf course, a playground, a volleyball court and picnic areas.

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Cibolo Nature Center and Herff Farm: The Cibolo Nature Center has 100 acres of wilderness to explore. Discover the picturesque Cibolo stream and the cypress trees that have lined its shores for thousands of years.

Campers and monitors head to the swamp to look for and listen to cricket frogs at the Cibolo Nature Center summer camp in Boerne.

Campers and monitors head to the swamp to look for and listen to cricket frogs at the Cibolo Nature Center summer camp in Boerne.

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There are over six miles of trails through four distinct ecosystems and the full circle of the trail takes around two hours.

Oh, and there are dinosaur tracks in the park. In 1997, a heavy flood uncovered traces of an Acrocanthosauraus at the Lake Boerne spillway. The 100 million year old trails have been replicated and placed at the start of the Nature Center trails.

While you’re at it, don’t miss the nearby history Herff Farm. The late 1800s farm hosts a Saturday farmer’s market.

People enter a farmers market at Herff Farm in Boerne in 2017.

People enter a farmers market at Herff Farm in Boerne in 2017.

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Joshua Springs Park and Preserve: If your dog is coming for the ride, you will want to head to Joshua Springs Park and Preservedog park.

The reserve itself spans over 400 acres and offers a stocked pond for catch and release fishing. There is a playground and all trails in the park meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Don’t miss the Ring Mountain Event Center for panoramic views of the Hill Country.

Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area: This 117-acre park is perfect for bird watching. The park has three bird watching blinds and six unique wildlife habitats. There are three miles of nature trails.

The park also has a 1,700 foot frontage along the Guadalupe River.

Brogan Ortman, 6 (left) of Spring Branch, Texas, weaves his way through the water in the Guadalupe River as his brother Liam Ortman, 11, climbs a boulder at Guadalupe River State Park on April 26, 2011.

Brogan Ortman, 6 (left) of Spring Branch, Texas, weaves his way through the water in the Guadalupe River as his brother Liam Ortman, 11, climbs a boulder at Guadalupe River State Park on April 26, 2011.

JOHN DAVENPORT / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Guadalupe River State Park: No visit to Hill Country Parks this fall is complete without Guadalupe River State Park. There are four miles of shores on the river and 13 miles of hiking and biking trails.

It’s also one of the best places in the state to watch the leaves change.

Depending on the time of year, you might be rewarded with great views of fall foliage along the 38-mile drive from San Antonio. Once inside the park, you can explore 21 km of hiking and biking trails. Watch for yellow poplars, bright red sumac, and orange sycamore and cypress.

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