James Kiehl River Bend Park ( JKRB )
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 earn volunteer service credit at JKRB. 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.