Kerrville River Trail
A long-standing dream
The idea of creating the Kerrville River Trail was something that was conceived in the 1970s. Nevertheless, the idea was only implemented in 2002. The river trail serves both as a biking trail and also a walking trail and it has become a very important part of the park system in the city. This River trail stretches over approximately 5 miles and it runs parallel to the Guadalupe River. At 2 locations along the river trail it is possible to rent both bicycles and boats. These places are Kerrville-Schreiner Park and also Louise Hays Park. Like we said, the original idea surrounding the river trail originated in the 1970s but it was in 2002 that $500,000 was approved by voters in the city which effectively kick started the river trail project. Some of the most notable partnerships during this time with those between the Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation and the Kerrville City Council who were looking at various ways to improve the existing park system.
An extensive process
After a decade of planning and budgeting the first segment of the Kerrville River Trail was dedicated in December 2012. This was the path surrounding the Riverside Nature Center. The next sector to be completed was Louise Hays Park to Kerrville-Schreiner Park and this part of the project was dedicated in June 2015. This was followed by the Lowry Park segment, dedicated in May 2016. Then came the dedication of the Lowry Park to Dietert Center sector in November 2018. This also signified the completion of the first phrase which involves the first 5 miles of the river trail project. Each sector has its own particular attraction. The part between the Riverside Nature Center and Louise Hays Park stretches over 0.7 miles and it is possible to gain access to this segment from the Riverside Nature Center. The center is located at 150 Francisco Lemos Street. The second sector is the one between Riverside Nature Center and Lowry Park which stretches over 0.2 miles.
So much variety
There is also a segment between Louise Hays Park and G Street which is approximately 1 mile in length. There are various access routes also, such as from Lehmann-Monroe Park, one from G Street and another one at the west end of the park near to the bridge. There is also the stage between G Street and Kerrville-Schreiner Park which stretches over more than 2 miles. This sector can be accessed from G Street and also from Kerrville-Schreiner Park. Many visitors prefer the sector between Lowry Park and the Dietert Center which is approximately 0.5 miles in length and which also provides beautiful views of the river. The last sector is the one between G Street and Schreiner University which is still on the designer’s board and this will be the latest addition to the river trail. This portion is stretching over 1 mile and construction has begun in the fall of 2019. The Kerrville River Trail continues to be one of the most popular attractions in the region attracting both local and out-of-state visitors.