October 20, 1932 - October 01, 2015
Monarch Rest Areas Coming to Texas Highways By Bill Hopkins
Drivers on IH 35 in Texas may soon be sharing their rest area with monarch butterflies.
Alvarado Builds Toward Eagle Rank
Address: 118 River Bend Road - Comfort, Texas 78013 ( Google Map )
Hours: 7A to dusk, 7 days
- A serene 25-acre natural area with grassland, woodland, and riparian habitats.
- Learn about Army Spc. James Kiehl in the James M. Kiehl Memorial Grove. The grove features a Texas sandstone monument to James and Kendall County servicemen and women, James' story, and benches and picnic tables under the shade of native pecan trees. This area is ADA approved, including an accessible picnic table.
- 1,634 feet of Guadalupe River frontage provides access to the river for fishing, paddling, swimming, and relaxing.
- Walk along the 1.5 miles of multiuse trails for fun, exercise, and nature study. The Pecan Loop passes under native pecans, mesquites, and cedar elms, and follows over 500 feet of historic San Antonio and Aransas Pass (SA&AP) rail bed. The Prairie Trail winds through the recovering prairie, passing our chimney swift towers and through our bluebird trail. The River Loop leads down to the lower terrace and along the river's edge where awesome bald cypress trees shade the path.
- Our chimney towers replicate swift's native habitat of large hollow trees. Our bluebird nest boxes provide shelter and nests for migrating Eastern bluebirds and native Texas species.
- We placed benches and educational signage along the natural surface trails for rest, reflection, and education.
- In spring the park is covered in a blue blanket of mealy blue sage; in fall, a sea of yellow cowpen daisies.
- We created wildlife habitat brush piles or "critter condos" to provide habitat for a myriad of creatures from insects and lizards to rabbits and birds. The brush piles improve birding and wildlife viewing. On one birding trip over 20 species were seen at the brush piles. Find our brush piles in the southwest corner of the park at the old SA&AP rail bed.
- JKRB is a preferred birding destination in the Hill Country. Birding groups from Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie, and Bexar counties hold bird walks at the park. KCPP and Hill Country Chapter Master Naturalists conduct a monthly bird and wildlife census.
- The park was part of the historical Brownsboro community - site of a shingle-making camp.
- Learn about the park's history, animals and plants that live in the park, "critter condos", grasslands, and the SA&AP railroad at the interpretive kiosk and throughout the park.
- Texas Master Naturalists from Hill Country Chapter and Alamo Area Chapter earn volunteer service credit at JKRB. Hill Country Chapter project code KL-04-B. Email us to volunteer.
- No Potable Water - Don't forget to bring water for you and your dog. Conventional and ADA accessible latrines provided.
- KCPP's descriptions can also be read on the county's site.
143 Mark Twain Drive - Boerne, Texas 78006 Google Map
- 117 scenic acres along the Guadalupe River containing six habitats: riparian, oak savanna, disturbed woodland/blowdown, open juniper - oak woodland, closed-canopy juniper - oak woodland, and old field.
- 1,700 feet of Guadalupe River frontage allows access for river recreation: fishing, paddling, swimming, splashing, and relaxing.
- Hike along three miles of multiuse paths for fun, exercise, and nature study. Most paths are natural surface and unimproved. Paths can be rugged and strenuous. Hiking boots are recommended on unimproved paths. The Fossil Ridge Loop is an energetic hike into the canyon to view the fossil bank, geologic features, and the tornado blow-down. The North and South Woodland Loops are wide, open routes following utility easements through diverse oak tree species, old-growth juniper, and massive cedar elms. The River Loop leads to shady picnic spots and pleasing views of the Guadalupe. Spurs off the main paths present interesting adventures.
- Fossils, fossils, fossils. Texas geology is on exhibit - many karst and fossil features exist throughout the natural area.
- We designed and constructed three wildlife observation blinds. The blinds offer excellent opportunities to observe and photograph birds, butterflies, and wildlife. The Cuckoo, Chaparral, and Cardinal blinds have seating, camera ports, bird identification books, and enclosed habitat yards. Each blind is equipped with a water catchment system and water features. The blinds are short walks from parking areas. The Cuckoo blind, our largest, is ADA accessible. Please consider contributing to KCPP to help us maintain the blinds and purchase seed and feed.
- The Kronkosky Interpretive Garden is home to nature and historical education and a diverse collection of native and adapted plants. Stroll through the beautiful garden to practice plant identification skills, and learn about native animals and plants, fossils, Texas leafcutter ants, and alien invaders. The garden and adjacent bird blind are ADA approved. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the shady picnic area. Conventional and ADA accessible picnic tables and benches are scattered under the trees.
- Our three bluebird trails provide 18 nest boxes to shelter migrating Eastern bluebirds and native Texas species. The boxes are monitored and data are recorded and sent to Cornell's NestWatch.
- Texas Master Naturalists from Hill Country Chapter and Alamo Area Chapter earn volunteer service credit at KCNA. Hill Country Chapter project code KL-04-D. Email us to volunteer.
- No potable water - Don't forget to bring water for you and your dog. Conventional and ADA accessible latrines provided.
- KCPP's descriptions can also be read on the county's site.
716 FM 289 - Comfort, Texas 78013 Google Map
**Closed some Holidays call Park Office 830-537-3470 for major holiday schedule
- Ring Mountain rises above this 365-acre park and natural area on the banks of Little Joshua and Allen Creeks.
- Active and passive recreation areas offer many opportunities to have fun and enjoy nature.
- The extensive natural surface trail system provides walking or hiking enthiusiasts with varied ascents and descents through multiple ecosystems and habitats.
- The park's ADA approved trail winds through the active recereation area. Enjoy views of Joshua Creek lake and learn about the park's natural resources and history while strolling along the granite surface trail.
- Two chimney swift towers provide nesting sites for these beneficial aerial acrobats.
- Three bluebird trails provide 18 nest boxes to shelter migrating Eastern bluebirds and native Texas species.
- Bring field glasses and a birding book to identify numerous species seen in the preserve.
- Covered and shaded picnic tables are placed along the banks of the lake.
- Designated fishing areas allow anglers to test the waters.
- Two age-progressive play areas keep little kiddoes entertained.
- Birthday and party pavillions may be reserved.
- Panoramic views from Ring Mountain.
- Parks Department Headquarters.
- Texas Master Naturalists from Hill Country Chapter and Alamo Area Chapter earn volunteer service credit at JSPP. Hill Country Chapter project code KL-04-C. Email us to volunteer.
- KCPP's descriptions are reflected on the county's site.
Ring Mountain Event Center, a 3,000 square feet facility on the summit of Ring Mountain, may be rented for special occasions, events, or meetings. Call Jen Harbuck to start planning your event. 830-537-3470.