The Texas Hill Country is defined by its natural beauty of all kinds. Whether you are a fair weather camper or RV’er or an avid naturalist, you will find some of the best of both worlds here.
Perhaps you want something close, but with a resort feel. Try the Buckhorn Lake Resort, it has many upscale amenities such as “customizable” pull-through recreational vehicle sites for class-A motor coaches, multiple pools and spas, a well-stocked country store, a fitness center, limestone club houses, and other features. All of this in a setting with flowing clear streams, a small lake, trees and great views of the hills. “Our goal is to provide a quality Hill Country sanctuary for you and your motor home,” says the management. It is located just north of Kerrville off Interstate 10, exit 501.
Another picturesque place to take the motor home near Kerrville is the family friendly Guadalupe River RV Resort. It is located just west of Kerrville toward Ingram at 2605 Junction Highway 27. As the name implies, its pull-through RV sites and guest cabins are located on the banks of the river. “Our sites feature full hookups… and lots of elbow room.” They also have an exercise room, pool, clubhouse and many other amenities.
Some folks want to get a little further out of town. Drive South on Highway 16 for about 15 miles and you’ll find the Medina Highpoint Resort (formally Koyote Ranch Resort) located in a pristine valley on Robertson Creek. But, be advised traveling this section of Highway 16 involves steep grades and tight curves, some requiring speeds no faster than 10 MPH. It is a beautiful drive, but if you are in a large recreational vehicle you might want to take an alternate route.
The Medina Highpoint Resort is remote; there are no towns for several miles. They have a small store, clubhouse, bunk houses, cabins, pull-through motor coach sites and many other facilities that you would hope to find at a well-run resort.
There is always a hazard in mentioning these kinds of resorts because there are so many good quality commercial guest facilities tucked away in the hills of the area. Don’t just take our word for it, be sure to explore the possibilities with a map or online.
State Parks & Natural Areas
Suppose you want a wilderness experience that is more about exploration than accommodation. State parks and wilderness areas fit the bill, and there are some great ones within a sixty mile radius.
If you don’t feel like driving very far for your recreation and camping, the Kerrville-Schreiner Park located just to the west of Comanche Trace boasts 517 acres for hiking and wildlife observation. They also have an extensive river access area. Facilities include some full motor home hookups, cabins, a group hall, play grounds, swimming (no life guard) and canoe rentals. Drive a bit further and you’ll find more adventure.
The latest addition to Kerrville’s outdoor features, the Kerrville River Trail, runs along a four mile stretch of the Guadalupe River with Kerrville-Schreiner Park at one trail-head and the Riverside Nature Center at the other. In the middle, lies the newly renovated Louis Hays Park, complete with a splash pad, playground, pavilions, restrooms, stage, and dog park.
Equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers are especially drawn to the Hill Country State Natural Area at the end of FM 1077 near Bandera. It is an undeveloped and secluded retreat with approximately 40 miles of multiuse trails through grassy valleys, crossing spring-fed streams and climbing steep limestone hills. Formerly the Bar-O Ranch, this 5400-acre park provides a back-country setting with few rivals. It is an undeveloped area and has only primitive camp sites, but if you want an old west style equestrian adventure this is the place. No worries if you don’t have a horse you can rent a steed at one of the “Dude Ranches” in the area. For example the Rancho Cortez borders the natural area and offers a “Day at the Ranch” package that includes meals, guided horseback riding, storytelling and a hay ride.
Hikers and rock climbers will especially enjoy the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 18 miles north of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 965, about forty miles from Kerrville. It is more than a rock it is a massive pink granite dome rising 425 feet above the base elevation of the park. Its high point is 1,825 feet above sea level, and the entire dome covers 640 acres. Climbing the Rock is like climbing the stairs of a 30 or 40-story building. It is a workout but the view from the top is priceless.
A few more parks I must mention are: Lost Maples State Natural Area, 37221 F.M.187 Vanderpool, TX; Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, 2 miles east of Stonewall on Ranch Road 1; South Llano River State Park, 1927 Park Road 73, Junction; Old Tunnel State Park, 10619 Old San Antonio Rd., Fredericksburg; Guadalupe State Park 3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch; Garner State Park 234 RR 1050, Concan; Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Rd., Johnson City; and so many more excellent parks and natural areas that are just a quick internet search away.
We can’t mention the natural areas of the Hill Country without pointing out the abundant lakes and rivers that fill the valleys and provide opportunity for kayaking, fishing, boating, lounging, and floating. Comanche Trace’s private river park sits directly on the Kerrville Lake, as well as the Guadalupe River that winds throughout the region. A short drive will take you to other beautiful clear flowing rivers, such as the Medina River, the Pedernales River, the Frio River, and the Colorado River. Several of those rivers swell into lakes all through the Hill Country. Just a few are Canyon Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Travis, Medina Lake, Boerne Lake, and at the far northern point of the Hill Country, Inks Lake and the grand Lake Buchanan.
There are so many ways to experience the natural beauty within a sixty mile radius of Kerrville, we’ve hardly scratched the surface. However, I hope we made our point that Kerrville is the perfect place to start exploring the vast natural wonders of the Texas Hill Country. If you enjoy spring fed streams, scenic vistas and boundless wildlife this is the spot for you.
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