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These 5 Boerne Parks Are the Perfect Fall Family Outing

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It’s officially (and finally) fall! The air is about to turn crisp, pumpkins are beginning to adorn front porches and the kids are settled back into a school routine. What better time to spend a weekend away? This busy time of the year begs for a weekend trip that is a good mix of active outdoor entertainment and relaxation. There’s absolutely no better place to experience both than in scenic and quaint Boerne, Texas.

Boerne is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, just 15 miles from San Antonio. Boasting a thriving downtown area, complete with shopping, food to please most any palate, and unique art galleries, Boerne also happens to be home to 11 local parks which each highlight the natural beauty of this historic Texas burg.

Here are five Boerne parks that are not to be missed this fall:

1. Boerne City Lake Park

Boerne City Lake

Photo: Amanda Spencer

Looking for a quiet lake experience? Boerne’s City Lake Park is your spot. Open to only non-motorized boating, you’ll find folks swimming, fishing, kayaking and paddling their way around this lake. Need to rent a boat? You’re in luck because there are several paddle sports and boat rental companies located nearby.

2. Guadalupe River State Park

Boerne-area Parks

Photo: Facebook/Guadalupe River State Park – Texas Parks & Wildlife

No list of must-visit parks in the Texas Hill Country is complete without a mention of Guadalupe River State Park. This show-stopping park features four miles of Guadalupe river frontage and 13 miles of hiking and biking trails. Guadalupe River State Park has both primitive and RV camping available for those interested in roughing it.

3. The Cibolo Nature Center and Herff Farm

Cibolo Creek

Photo: N. Wolf

The Cibolo Nature Center has 100 acres of Texas Hill Country beauty to explore, featuring four distinct ecosystems. Enjoy the wildflowers, bees, butterflies, and birds who call The Cibolo Nature Center home. There’s a beautiful visitor center that hosts a children’s discovery center and also features large, shaded porches with rocking chairs and even hammocks for some authentic hill country R&R. While you’re there, don’t miss a visit to the nearby historical Herff Farm, and see the gardens and wildlife that were the vision of the original inhabitants of the farm back in the late 1800’s. If you’re visiting on a Saturday, make sure to stop by the farmer’s market held at the farm.

4. Joshua Springs Park and Preserve

Joshua Springs

Photo: Facebook/Kendall County Parks

If you’re traveling with a beloved four-legged member of the family, they’ll undoubtedly appreciate the enclosed dog park at Joshua Springs Park and Preserve for both large and small dogs. After a visit to the dog park, be sure to plan a hike on one or more of the trails within the park – all of which are ADA compliant. With a playground for the kids, a stocked pond for fishing, and even areas where horses are allowed, there is truly something for everyone (and thing) at Joshua Springs Park and Preserve.

5. Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area

Kreutzberg Canyon

Photo: Facebook/Kendall County Partnership for Parks

If birds are your thing, then Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area is where you need to be. Featuring three bird observation blinds and six unique wildlife habitats in the 117-acre park, you’re sure to see a “lifer,” (bird watcher lingo for a bird you’ve waited a long time to see in nature) along with many others to delight you. Be sure to check out the three miles of nature trails and keep an eye out for jackrabbits and other hill country critters.

Most of the parks in Boerne make a perfect day outing, so get out, get active and then plan the rest of your day around trying an exciting restaurant in town before settling in at a charming Boerne bed and breakfast or inn. For more information on Boerne parks, lodging and dining, visit