The Old No. 9 Trail is fully paved and runs 1.4 miles through Boerne from Esser Road northwest to Garden Street. It partially follows the path of historic transportation routes of years gone by, as the name would suggest.
1.4-mile, fully paved trail
Paved parking lot at 358 Esser Road trailhead
Rest stops all along the trail
Drinking fountains located at each trailhead and at the midway point of the trail at Blanco Road
Dog drinking fountain at the Blanco Road rest stop
Interpretive signs along the trail
Water mister located at the Esser Road trailhead
One trussed bridge
A connector trail and bridge to the Patrick Heath Public Library
The Old Number 9 Trail is not available for rent, however the City of Boerne does require special event permits for any public group gatherings.
The evolution of the transportation corridor in the Texas Hill Country is a unique and fascinating story. Although there was never a designated No. 9 train route for any of the railroads that passed through these hills, the name does give some insight into the tremendous transportation heritage of Texas and the Hill Country region.