Kerrville is a quaint little city sitting between a small hilltop range in central Texas. While the locals call these hilltops “mountains,” and although they are rough and rugged to climb, they are really large cedar covered hills. You can visit the Hill Country by taking the dramatic drive from San Antonio through the rough and rugged hills and cedarbreaks approximately 70 miles North on IH 10. The exit to Kerrville will deposit you on Sydney Baker St., and take you directly to the winding Guadalupe River. If you follow this road it becomes Highway 16 N. and will meander through Medina and Bandera, and deposit you back in San Antonio on the northwest side. This loop makes a wonderful day’s drive.
Kerrville was originally know for its sawmill, , freight area, cattle drives, and railroads which ran through the city. Today it is known for its healthcare, education, the arts, and tourism. The folk festival is held annually and musicians from around the country, including Canada, arrive, setting up tents on the side of one of the hills for the week long fair. The Kerr County Fair is held annually at the indoor arena on Highway 27, and rodeos frequent the arena throughout the year.
Kerrville has grown tremendously over the past few years, and Schreiner University has been known for attracting young professionals to the area. It is also a city for retirement, with a state of the art hospital and Ambulatory Care Center, numerous physicians offices, and VA Hospital. Kerrville’s healthcare is top notch. Easy to get around , and low traffic, beautiful scenery, theaters and museums, equal a cultural mecca in the making. Once you find Kerrville you’ll discover there is no need to return to the big city for anything. Everything that you need is right here. Recently the Louise Hayes Park added miles of walking trails for people to enjoy. There is a small waterpark for the little ones, canoes for rent, and the river is stocked and annually with fish for the outdoorsman. The park is centrally located in downtown Kerrville for easy access. Numerous restaurants provide any type of food you may desire. Most are original diners and cafés, however there are a few chains. Mamacita’s originally began in Kerrville and now has numerous restaurants in Texas. The interior looks like the Alamo, and once you cross the bridge over the babbling brook to the front entrance, you enter different era. Its favorite place for both young and old. The H-E-B grocery store was also originally founded in Kerrville, and actually has two stores in the city.
Children’s camps and retreats surround Kerrville in the nearby small towns of Hunt, Harper, Fredericksburg, and Medina. They provide wilderness excursions and safe summer fun for the youngsters to frolic in the river, ride horses, zip line, and more Come visit the area and enjoy the Kerr County Market Days on a Saturday at the courthouse, or shop the many unique and original stores in town, or spend a day at the park, Cultural Arts Center, or Museum of Western Art. There’s something for everyone in Kerrville.