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The Kerrville River Trail winds through the city on the banks of the Guadalupe River, which is born of springs deep in Texas Hill Country and empties out 230 miles later into the Gulf of Mexico. The 10-foot wide concrete trail comfortably accommodates users of all ages, from little tykes on bikes to seasoned strollers, taking them on a journey through some of Kerrville's beloved recreation spots.
The trail's starting point is the city's largest and most popular park, Kerrville-Schreiner Park. Park visitors can treat themselves to a work-out on the sports fields and courts, a kayak trip on the river, or make use of the camping facilities and prolong their visit. The trail then winds northwest, in some spots, passing close to the water's edge and in others, completely obscured by vegetation hugging the shoreline. The next park in the series is Lehmann-Monroe Park, popular for its dog park. Immediately adjacent to it is Louise Hays Park, whose splash plaza brings delight to children of all ages. From there the trail crosses the Guadalupe onto Tranquility Island, which sits between two branches of the river. This section offers some of the nicest river views of the excursion, in the shadow of the the Guadalupe's mighty cypress trees. The Riverside Nature Center is beyond that, combining conservation, education and recreation for an immersive natural experience. The Center's garden boasts over "100 species of native trees and shrubs plus 200+ species of wildflowers, grasses, ferns." Keen eyed visitors can also spot up to 180 species of birds. The trail continues into Lowry Park and then travels on the limestone bank to its end at the Deitert Center, Kerrville's community center.
Construction is underway on a 1-mile segment connecting from the G Street trailhead to Schreiner University, giving students and staff of the university access to the river and all it has to offer.
There are ample parking options for the River Trail.
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