Those who are focused on health following the realization that a new year is upon us might relish the fact that Boerne has everything you need to make walking one hundred percent enjoyable! Pedometer or no pedometer, you can get your 10k steps per day on Boerne trails without ever having to “step” outside of your comfort zone.
The Local Experience
The pedestrian networks on Boerne’s Urban Trail System are nothing short of a blessing for locals and visitors alike. Incorporating the Cibolo Trail, the Old No. 9 Trail, and the Currey Trail, this web of winding paths (which also includes River Road Park which is currently getting a facelift) permits unique access to the Hill Country Mile, as well as adjoining neighborhoods. While your step count increases, your enjoyment will equally take an upward turn! From discovering dining hotspots to shopping downtown, from playing catch to picnicking with family and friends, to simply experiencing all the wonderful sights and sounds in Boerne’s great outdoors, your time on local trails are a step in the right direction!
If walking leads to wandering, why not consider touring local natural wonders to get your steps in? Trails at both the Cave Without a Name and Cascade Caverns may lead you down a path less taken, above and below ground, allowing you the opportunity to experience a side of Boerne you hadn’t “unearthed…”. While exploring the natural wonders around you, visit the The Cibolo where you and your family can enjoy six miles of trails through various natural landscapes. While you’re there, take a walk back in time exploring the 60 adjacent acres available at Historic Herff Farm and Homestead!
A “State” of Mind
Boerne is central to a number of Texas Hill Country treasures, but none compare in natural appeal to that of Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area – two locations renowned for their trails, views, and walks on the “wild” side. Guadalupe River State Park is popular for its four miles of river frontage, but if you’re looking to stretch your legs a little more, there are also 13 miles of dual-use (hiking and biking) trails along which you can hike to your heart’s content!
While you’re there, adjacent to this expanse of natural beauty is Honey Creek State Natural Area. Access to this property is directly within the state park, where you’ll find defined trails throughout the various habitats, which can be taken alone or with a volunteer guide. Both properties offer great options for getting your 10k steps in while seeing and possibly learning about the early Native American, German, and Prehistoric history of the land. An assortment of grasses, shrubs, trees, animals, birds, insects, and rocks (plus so much more) await you on your walk!
A Walk in the Park
Boerne also has the benefit of the many beautiful Kendall County parks for those wishing to stroll rather than speedwalk into the new year. Among the natural and curated areas of these peaceful spaces, you can easily get your 10k steps in while taking some time for self-care.
Joshua Springs Park and Preserve boasts more than 400 acres of parkland, which includes an enclosed dog park in case you have a furry walking partner! It also offers a stocked pond for catch-and-release fishing, (which is beautiful to stroll around), not to mention observation blinds for birds and wildlife if you’re so inclined. The trails are ready and waiting for you, in addition to a playground, restrooms, and covered and uncovered picnic areas for a treat between steps.
James Kiehl River Bend Park is a peaceful and pleasant 25-acre natural area in which getting your steps won’t prove difficult at all. In fact, you’ll more than likely revisit this serene escape from the everyday to amble through its woodland, grassland, and riparian habitats. Visitors to the park also enjoy fishing, paddling, and swimming; however, for your walking purposes, there’s a mile and a half of trails which will definitely do the trick! Not only that but the wildlife sightings and bird-watching opportunities abound …wait, are you in Boerne or a Disney scene?! (Just don’t expect the birds and squirrels to bring you a new dress and hairstyle while you’re strolling along, and you’ll be just fine.)
Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area has three miles of recreational trails, making it an excellent place to walk, hike, and make your journey to 10k steps a reality! Also, a favorite for area wildlife, birds, and butterflies, Kreutzberg Canyon features three observation blinds from which to watch or photograph these amazing creatures. While you’re walking, you might also like access to explore along the Guadalupe River, of which there are 1,700 feet of frontage! It’s a wonderfully unique, open space in Boerne for strolling, sight-seeing in nature, and getting a visit in with friends while you do!
Getting Out There
As with any new-year-new-you mentality, you’re going to be gung-ho! That’s the spirit! With that, be sure to check the weather conditions in advance and dress accordingly. Likewise, bring plenty of water and wear sun protection! Our Texas temperatures tend to vary depending on shade availability and length of time you’re aiming to be out. If you wish to plan ahead, the Boerne Visitors Center can point you in the right direction. Take only pictures and leave only footprints. And, have fun getting your 10k steps on Boerne trails!
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Written by: Spring Sault, Uncommonlygrand.com