The weather is warming up and the weekends are great for going on an adventure! If you're looking to go fishing, have a picnic or just take a nice walk and catch up with friends, here are some lovely parks in the Boerne area for all of your weekend needs:
Boerne City Lake Park provides a wonderful recreation area for swimming, fishing and non-motorized boating. The park has picnic areas with grills next to the lake, a boat ramp and parking lot, courtesy dock, fishing pier, volleyball court, covered pavilion, playground, butterfly garden, bird observation blind, restrooms and a Frisbee golf course. Boerne City Lake is about 189 acres. Check out Hill Country Paddle Sports for additional fun on the water!
So much more than a nature center! Open to the public since Earth Day 1990, the 100 acres of Hill Country trails and wilderness provides education, research, entertainment and outdoor activities for more than 100,000 visitors a year, while promoting sound stewardship of land, water and wildlife. It is also available for weddings and meetings of 100 to 150 people. Fishing on Cibolo Creek at the Nature Center is catch and release. Hunting is not permitted.
With four miles of river frontage, the Guadalupe River takes center stage at the park. Step away from the river to find the more peaceful areas. On the river, you can swim, fish, tube and canoe. While on land, you can camp, hike, ride mountain bikes or horses, picnic, geocache, and bird watch. The park will loan fishing gear for use in the park. Hunting is not permitted. The 1,938-acre Guadalupe River State Park and the adjoining 2,294-acre Honey Creek State Natural Area (Guided tours available every Saturday) comprise more than 4,200 contiguous acres of Hill Country habitat.
James Kiehl River Bend Park is a serene 25-acre natural area with grassland, woodland, and riparian habitats. The park gives access to a 1,634 foot stretch of Guadalupe River frontage that was long known only to locals. It is now an easy take out point for a paddle trip. Enjoy fishing, paddling, swimming and relaxing. The mile and a half of trails are great for fun, exercise, bird watching, wildlife viewing and nature study.
Joshua Springs Park and Preserve has over 400 acres of park land including an enclosed dog park for small and large dogs. There are almost 2 miles of ADA trails for walking, biking, running, hiking that wind through the center of the park with convenient picnic areas nearby. The park offers a stocked pond for catch and release fishing, bird & wildlife observation blinds, restrooms, a playground, covered and uncovered picnic areas and many undeveloped paths. Dogs are allowed on leash and horses in designated areas. There are large and small pavilions which are available for advanced rental. Additionally, Ring Mountain Event Center is located on the hill top with panoramic views of the scenic countryside. This 3,000 square feet facility will hold 150 people.
The 103-acre Northrup Park offers a variety of amenities including: Concession stands, Covered basketball court, Covered playground unit, Horseshoe pit, Picnic units with grills, Public restrooms, Sand volleyball courts, T-ball fields, Youth baseball field, Girls softball fields, Adult softball fields.
The park is located on the banks of the Cibolo Creek and is home to numerous varieties of turtles, fish, ducks and geese. The Cibolo Trail meanders through this linear park. One of the unique features of River Road Park is the dam located at the east end of the park. The park is a popular location for picnics and fishing. Public restrooms, drinking fountain and picnic tables are located in the park for public use.