Boerne, Texas is a small town with a lot to offer. From historic architecture and registered landmarks to year-round festivals, Boerne boasts a range of attractions. In fact, many of those attractions can accommodate all members of your family - including the four-legged ones!
Boerne City Lake Park is a local favorite. This man-made lake functions as the watershed for the well-known Cibolo Creek, which flows through town. On-leash dogs are welcome to explore the parks' numerous nature trails, bird observation blind, boating dock, and butterfly garden. Other parks include the River Road Park, the Main Plaza Park, and the Northup Park.
Looking to venture a little further into the great outdoors? There are several available trails, including the beautiful Cibolo Trail, which extends for almost two miles. Numerous amenities are offered along the path, including doggie bags and water fountains. Boerne's other two trails, the Currey Trail and the Old No. 9 Trail (which features dog-sized water fountains) are both shorter routes, offering 0.5-mile and 1.4-mile paths, respectively.
If you're looking for something with more mileage, try the nature trails at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm. This non-profit is centered around an 1850's farmhouse and the surrounding 160 acres of farmland and trails. In addition, the center hosts Moondance Concerts from May to September! Leashed dogs are encouraged to attend.
You’ll find plenty of tail-friendly trails while staying at the 105-acre Cascade Caverns. Located in the Old San Antonio Road neighborhood, this rugged limestone landscape welcomes four-legged companions to camp here in an RV with their owners. As the two of you hike, look for fossils in the weathered rock formations! Each path is about 3/4 of a mile long and takes about an hour to walk, so carry plenty of water to share with your canine. Campground amenities include shower facilities and outdoor grills. A word of caution: only dogs staying in air-conditioned RVs are allowed, so if you plan to pitch a tent, leave your pooch at home. Don’t forget the clean up bags, as none are provided on site. No RV? No problem. The Days Inn Boerne welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee per pet, per night.
Dust off your hiking shoes, grab a leash, and bring man’s best friend to the Old No. 9 Greenway. This fabulous, fur-friendly park is a converted rail-to-trail 1.5-mile walking trail for you and Fido to enjoy. Since it’s no secret that Texas summers are sweltering, a mister near the trailhead will keep to your hot dog cool. There are even doggie drinking fountains! Also in this neighborhood is the Cibolo Nature Center. Non-stop tail wagging will ensue as the two of you walk the trails found here. Tall cypress trees line the banks of Cibolo Creek that border the park, keeping you and your furry pal cool. For a different view, explore the marsh area from a large, dry boardwalk. After your stroll, grab a bite with Rover at the appropriately named Dog and Pony Grill. The burger restaurant welcomes furry clientele on its outdoor patio.
While Fido is busy sniffing at the Boerne City Lake Park in Upper Cibolo Creek, take out your binoculars and do some bird watching. There are miles of dog-worthy trails to explore, and your four-legged friend will have fun chasing several species of butterflies. When rest is needed, park your tails on a picnic bench or under a covered pavilion. For a can’t-miss photo-op, see Spot watch the sunset after a breezy walk across the dam. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat at the Random Beer Garden located on seven acres of lakefront green space. This pawtastic spot offers more than just food trucks and craft beers. There are often other dogs to shake paws with, and several shaded picnic tables for dogs and owners. Live music will ensure you and Fido have a howling good time!
Head to Joshua Springs Park and Preserve in the town of Comfort, just north of Boerne. This park offers 365 acres of shady trees, grassy areas, and plenty of room for Fido to run. Not only is there a designated dog park located near the entrance to the park, there is also an extensive trail system that allows for lots of different hikes throughout the area. Covered picnic tables can be found along the lakes, and designated fishing areas can make for a lovely afternoon. With water fountains, restrooms, and even a playground, this vast green space has something for everyone in the family. It may be wise to take water along while hiking though, as fountains may not be convenient the farther out you go.