Located in the heart of Texas is Kendall County, a vibrant, scenic oasis offering a high quality of life. Established in 1862, this historically-rich county is a part of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area and was named after George Wilkins Kendall, a journalist and Mexican-American War correspondent. Today, Kendall County is known for its beautiful natural landscape, breathtaking natural sites, and charming towns and cities such as Boerne and Comfort.
While Kendall County may have a smaller population, don’t let its small size fool you. There are plenty of things to do in Kendall County that will leave you satisfied, breathless, and begging for more. In this article, real estate expert Rodney Topper will guide you through Kendall County’s best features and amenities.
1. Visit Boerne’s historic district
In addition to its historic buildings, the district is also home to several unique shops, restaurants, and galleries. One favorite spot among locals and visitors is the Dienger Trading Co., a beautifully restored 19th-century building that houses a coffee shop, restaurant, and boutique.
2. Go hiking in the Texas Hill Country
Guadalupe River State Park offers a variety of hiking trails, from easy walks along the river to more challenging climbs through the hills. Cibolo Nature Center has over four miles of hiking trails that wind through oak groves, grasslands, and along the banks of Cibolo Creek, and is a great spot for birdwatching. If you're looking for some of the most scenic hiking trails in the area, check out Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area. Here, you can get stunning views of the surrounding hills and canyons.
3. Go wine tasting
Comfort Cellars Winery is a family-owned winery specializing in handcrafted wines made from Texas grapes. Here, you can enjoy a tasting flight, purchase a bottle to take home, or relax with a glass of wine on the outdoor patio. Comfort Cellars Wintery’s tasting room is located in the town of Comfort and hosts special events, including live music, food trucks, and more.
4. Go caving
Cascade Caverns is located just a short drive outside of Boerne and takes you deep underground, where you'll see rock formations, underground waterfalls, and even an ancient underground river. The knowledgeable tour guides will explain the history of the cave and point out interesting features along the way.
5. Go horseback riding
If you're looking for a great place to embark on an adventure through Texas Hill Country and improve your riding skills, check out Double Diamond Equestrian Center. This center offers horseback riding lessons, trail rides, and even horse camping trips.
6. Attend a festival or event
Held every Labor Day weekend in Boerne, the Kendall County Fair is a classic small-town fair with rodeo events, livestock shows, and carnival rides. If you’re a beer lover, come raise your glass at Boerne Bierfest. This annual event brings together local breweries, food vendors, and live music for a day of fun and merriment.
7. Camp in Texas Hill Country
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to take your RV, Alamo Fiesta RV Resort, Top of the Hill RV Resort & Cabins, and RV Park USA offer plenty of spacious sites. With a reservation, you’ll have access to banquet halls, pools, laundry facilities, and other amenities.