Cibolo Trail

Texas

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Cibolo Trail Facts

States: Texas
Counties: Kendall
Length: 3.8 miles
Trail end points: Waterworks Terrace and City Park
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 10919834
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Cibolo Trail Description

Cibolo Creek is a tributary of the San Antonio River and the signature watercourse of the Texas Hill Country city of Boerne (pronounced "Bur-nee"). Perhaps the best way to experience it in all its glory is the multipurpose concrete trail that runs alongside it. The Cibolo Trail brings residents and visitors to the water's edge, treating them to scenic views and active fun for the whole family. The trail also forms a link between a chain of parks, starting with Waterworks Terrace, then River Road Park, and ending in Boerne's City Park. 

The concrete trail  begins on the north end of Waterworks Terrace, a grassy open space that the city rents out for events. It winds down to the riverbank, and replicates Cibolo Creek's curves and turns. You'll probably notice that the creek widens as you head south and then east. This is due to the dam at the east end of River Road Park. 

River Road Park is a major highlight of this trail. The linear park provides some of the nicest views you will encounter. It's beautifully landscaped, with enough ducks and geese to delight children and adults alike. Interpretive signage tells you about the river ecosystem, while picnic tables invite trail users to stop and have a meal, read a book, share a chat or just take in the river's beauty. 

On the east end of the park, there's a spot overlooking the Dietert Mill Dam that was responsible for slowing the water upstream. Past this, you're out of the park and the trail becomes a sidewalk along River Road (State Route 46). Continue on this course to Herff Road, after which you will cross into City Park. There, another treat awaits. A wooden bridge lifts you high above the trees; an ideal vantage point from which to view the waterfall at the confluence of Cibolo and Currey creeks. 

The trail winds through City Park taking you to the pool, the parking lot and the tennis courts. You can also access the Cibolo Nature Center (just watch for signage pointing you in the right direction). The path used to end there but in 2018, it was expanded south along the old Southern Pacific Railroad Grade (the same right-of-way occupied by the Old No. 9 Trail located a half-mile north, although there is no direct link between these 2 trails). This leg is 1.4 miles and dead-ends, so you have to turn around and head back to City Park. 

The trail is open-year round. 

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at either end. You can find parking at Waterworks Terrace Park (100 N. Main Street Boerne, TX 78006) as well as in Boerne City Park (106 City Park Road, Boerne, TX). 

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