River Trail

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Trail Regulations: 

• Trail use during daylight hours only, dusk to dawn. 

• Stay on trail.

• Motorized vehicles in designated parking and roadways only. 

• Dogs are to be leashed at all times, please clean up after your pets. 

• Never approach a wild animal. 

• Avoid poison ivy. 

• Skateboards are prohibited

Trail Etiquette: 

• Observe Trail regulation and warning signs. 

• Always stay to the right side of the trail, whether walking, running or biking. 

• When approaching slower moving traffic with the intention of passing, let the slower trail users know you are behind them and intend to pass on their left. 

• Never leave the trail unless inside one of the public parks - much of the trail is on private property and we don’t want trespassing to occur. 

• Clean up after pet(s).

• Always carry a charged cell phone. 

• Be aware of your surroundings and know where you are on the trail at all times in case you have to call for assistance or need to notify authorities about a situation - maps are located at each trail head and 1/2 mile trail markers are stamped on the trail surface. 

• Be aware of weather conditions and do not put yourself or others in danger during inclement weather. 

• Hydrate before any physical activity and check your bike before starting so you don’t have to be rescued by others. 

Welcome to The Kerrville River Trail!


The River Trail has been a planned concept in Kerrville since the 1970's and we are proud to see it come to fruition.

The River Trail is a day use 10' wide walking and biking trail for public use, which will be an integral part of the city's parks system.  It is a 4-mile long trail along the Guadalupe River, with trailheads located at Kerrville-Schreiner Park, G Street, Lehmann & Monroe Park, Louise Hays Park, Riverside Nature Center, and Lowry Park.

Boat and bicycle rentals are available at Louise Hays Park and Kerrville-Schreiner Park during peak seasons. 

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History

Plans to build a multi-purpose public use river trail along the Guadalupe River in Kerrville have occurred since the 1970's.  In 2002, voters approved $500,000 in bond funds for the River Trail project which were used to complete master planning and initiate the first phase.  Master planning for the River Trail's full length (Kerrville-Schreiner Park to Spur 98 bridge) was completed in 2009.

The Kerrville City Council and the Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation(EIC) have been working together to fund a variety of utility and quality of life projects to include this addition to the city's park system.  Funding for $18 million in utility projects and $8 million in parks and river trail improvements are being planned.  The EIC has agreed to use part of its 4B economic development sales tax revenues to fund $1 million in utility improvements, $1 million in parks and river trail improvements, and to make bond payments for the issuance of $7 million to fund parks and river trail improvements.  Debt service for the bond funds is being structured so that the impact to the EIC revenues will be minimal.

In 2011, the EIC and City Council approved the aforementioned $6 million for development of the River Trail and $2 million for the Louise Hays Park and Lehmann & Monroe Park improvements, funded solely from the 4B economicdevelopment sales tax revenues.  The first phase of the Kerrville River Trail began in August 2011 and was completed in December 2012.  This segment of the trail is a little over half a mile and extends from the Riverside Nature Center to Tranquility Island at Louise Hays Park.

River Trail Segment - Riverside Nature Center to Louise Hays Park

This first segment of the River Trail was dedicated on Saturday, December 15, 2012 and extends 0.7 miles from the Riverside Nature Center to Tranquility Island at Louise Hays Park.

There are two trailheads for this segment of the trail, one at the Riverside Nature Center, located at 150 Francisco Lemos Street and the second in Tranquility Island.  The Tranquility Island trailhead can be accessed from the back entrance of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library.

The trail includes: 10' wide hike / bike trail, interpretive information about the river and area, seating areas, and easy access to scenic sites along the enchanting Guadalupe River.  Come explore the very first segment of the Kerrville River Trail!

River Trail Segment - Riverside Nature Center to Lowry Park

This segment of the trail connects the Riverside Nature Center to Lowry Park. The trailhead for this beautiful segment is located at Lowry Park.

River Trail Segment - Louise Hays Park to G Street

This segment of the River Trail is a little over 1 mile.  It connects Louise Hays Park to G Street.  There are three trailheads for this segment of the trail, one at Lehmann & Monroe Park, one at the west end of the park, and one at G Street (near the bridge).

River Trail Segment - G Street to Kerrville-Schreiner Park

This segment of the River Trail is just a little over 2 miles.  It connects G Street to Kerrville-Schreiner Park. There are two trailheads for this segment of the trail, one at G Street (near the bridge) and one at Kerrville-Schreiner Park.

COMING SOON: River Trail Segment - Lowry Park to the Dietert Center

The next segment of the trail is currently in progress and is expected to open in the fall of 2018. This will add an additional half mile to the River Trail.