Back in the 1800s, Kerrville was known as a health center thanks to its unpolluted environment and low humidity. Today those same features draw many travelers to this Hill Country town, including many Winter Texans who opt to stop here with their RVs and dogs rather than continuing further south.
Dog-friendly attractions in Kerrville
Kerrville-Schreiner Park. Formerly a state park, this city-owned park offers 7 miles of hiking trails, as well as fishing and swimming in the Guadalupe River. Your leashed dog is welcome everywhere except in buildings and at the designated beach. During summer months, canoes are for rent for a river excursion. The park includes 120 campsites. Info: 2385 Bandera Hwy.; 830-257-7300; www.kerrville.org. Fee.
Louise Hays City Park. Bring a picnic lunch for you and Fido and enjoy this 63-acre park on the Guadalupe River. The day-use park includes trails, barbecue pits, picnicking, and river access. Info: Off TX 16 at Thompson Drive. (830) 792–8386. Free.
Dog-Friendly Accommodations in Kerrville
Because of its popularity with Winter Texans, Kerrville is home to many RV parks. For a listing, contact the Kerrville Convention and Visitors Center; (800) 221–7958; www.kerrvilletexascvb.com. Kerrville also has several dog-friendly chain hotels including America’s Best Value Inn, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, La Quinta, Motel 6, Super 8, and more.
Escondida Resort. Created by “Texas Country Reporter” star Bob Phillips, this 10-room resort (Spanish for “hidden”) is filled with elegant hardwood and iron furniture and subtle Mexican tile accents. The resort welcomes dogs for $25 per day for pets under 25 pounds but please note: pets are required to sleep in their own beds. You’ll be charged $150 per day if your pet gets in your bed, and there will be a minimum charge of $75 for cleanup and/or damage. You’ll need to provide advance notice if you are bringing your small dog with you. Info: 23670 TX 16 N., Medina; (888) 589-7507 or (830) 589-7507; wwww.escondidaresort.com.
Y. O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center. This 200-room hotel salutes the Y. O. Ranch, one of Texas’s most famous ranches, about half an hour away. The lobby is filled with reminders of the area’s major industries—cattle and hunting. Dogs of any size are welcome for a fee of $10 per stay; if your stay is over three days, there’s a flat fee of $25 per stay. Info: 2033 Sidney Baker; (830) 257–4440; www.yoresort.com.
Sniff Out More Information
Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau; (800) 221-7958 or (830) 792-3535; www.kerrvilletexascvb.com.
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