Nestled among the rolling hills of South Texas, Bulverde Spring Branch is filled with natural attractions, unique shops, eclectic restaurants and diverse entertainment. Our two vibrant towns are full of culture, nature and charm, where people are as passionate about outdoor adventures as they are about their favorite martini.
Whether you call our villages home, or are just stopping through town for a quick visit, you will feel alive in the unique setting that our community provides.
Our pristine landscape has endeared Bulverde Spring Branch to both visitors and residents for decades. It entices young and old alike to its forests, lakes and rivers.
Rolling green hills meet stone outcroppings; rock cliffs give way to clear rivers, and wildflowers dot the landscape. A picturesque spot for a peaceful escape, it is also the perfect place for outdoor activities and recreation.
With a wide variety of outdoor activities and attractions, including the Guadalupe River State Park, Honey Creek State Natural Area, Upper Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake, residents seldom complain of a lack of things to do.
Horseback riding on more than five miles of equestrian trails is one great way to enjoy the Guadalupe River State Park’s scenic views. It’s not just horse lovers that enjoy the park. Its backcountry setting is perfect for those interested in primitive camping, backpacking, mountain biking, hiking and nature viewing too. The park is also a special place for bird watchers, and people come from all over the world to get a glimpse of some of the park’s permanent and temporary winged residents.
Opportunities abound for area residents and visitors to commune with nature and wildlife. Many canoe, fish, swim or tube on the river which offers four miles of frontage. Thirteen miles of scenic hike and bike trails also provide plenty of opportunity for walking and biking. Guests can take advantage of the 2.86-mile Painted Bunting Trail and the .26-mile Barred Owl Trail, which leads to a scenic river overlook.
In addition, the park’s family-friendly Discovery Center serves as a launch point for visitors to explore the area. Unlike displays that may be seen in other parks, the center’s exhibits are meant to be an interactive experience.
Adjacent to the park, the Honey Creek State Natural Area offers two miles of interpretive nature trails featuring an array of geology, flora and fauna. The Upper Guadalupe River is perfect for rafting, fly fishing and canoeing. Nearby Canyon Lake is another popular destination and offers 80 miles of scenic shoreline and opportunities to go boating, fishing and swimming.
The breathtaking Texas Hill Country views don’t stop when you pull into Bulverde. In fact, in July 2017 the city was selected as one of 13 Texas municipalities to be awarded Scenic City Certification through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas. The Scenic City program supports and recognizes cities for commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces.
The expanding public park system’s county and city parks provide the perfect locations for the community to connect with nature and each other. In fact, the Bulverde Community Park, encompassing 13 acres of land, provides public playgrounds, practice fields, shaded and unshaded picnic areas, an event gazebo and a water splash pad. The City also helps facilitate and sponsor community events at the park-like Movies in the Park, and Spring and Fall Musik in the Park programs.
Kleck Park is another local favorite and is located on 43 acres of densely wooded ranchland with 1.2 miles of hiking trails. Sixteen birdhouses along the path are marked with signs describing local avian species. Visitors can walk, bike, hike or even ride horseback through the scenic area.
“Kleck is a terrific addition to our system of county parks and recreation sites,” says Robert Boyd, Comal County parks director. “We’re excited that residents in the Bulverde Spring Branch area get to enjoy this beautiful park.”
The Bulverde Community Garden is another popular destination, especially for those with a green thumb. The volunteer-run membership organization provides gardening plots on a one-year lease basis. Plots are made available to residents, non-profits and businesses. The Garden serves as an attractive, safe and peaceful place to cultivate fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs.
Eat, Sip, Shop
The Old Village in Downtown Bulverde is a popular spot for locals when it comes to shopping, food, art and workshops. The center, located in historic downtown Bulverde, was founded in 1850. Home to Wine 101 and the Verde Bistro Martini Bar, the Village is not only a great place to shop, but also a great place to kick back and relax.
Beyond the Village, Bulverde and Spring Branch have plenty to offer. From home décor to specialty markets, to clothing, grocery and department stores, the two communities are both rapidly expanding their retail offerings, and residents can do all of their shopping right at home.
Bulverde and Spring Branch also feature a variety of great local restaurants, as well as a number of national chains, and have options to appeal to every palate and budget. Whether grabbing something on the go, or sitting down for a nice meal, residents and visitors don’t have to leave the area to eat well. Richter’s Antler Café, Texas 46 BBQ, Ay Chiwawa! Mexican Café, Sandra’s Cantina & Grill and China King are popular choices, and several new establishments are moving into the area.
One local favorite is Chick’s Prime Meat Market known for its gourmet sausages, bacon, jerky, and award-winning BBQ sauce. Chick’s wine and beer garden has become a popular hangout with live bands. Front Porch Bar and Grille is another favorite offering American fare and gourmet burgers. With a full bar and live music, it has become a weekend destination for many.
Ready to kick up your heels? There’s no place like Bulverde Spring Branch when it’s time to go dancing.
Anhalt Hall, established in 1875, is a local favorite and features dances, bands and events throughout the year. On the third Saturday in May, Maifest features German music in the afternoon and country in the evening. Oktoberfest, held on the third Saturday in October, is another popular event.
Twin Sisters Hall, built by German immigrants in the 19th century, hosts public dances on the first Saturday of every month. The hall also serves as a center for family functions, educational workshops and charitable events.
Kendalia Hall is one of the oldest historic dance halls in Texas and hosts dances and live music on Saturday evenings once a month. Families and friends celebrating weddings, receptions, reunions and birthday parties also light up the hall.
Tried and True Texas
What could be better than authentic Texas entertainment? It isn’t just great food and live music that has many residents choosing to spend their evenings close to home.
The Tejas Rodeo Company is a hidden gem, tucked away in the corner of Bulverde, and hosts a family-friendly rodeo and live music series. The fun starts the first weekend in March and continues each Saturday through the last weekend in November.
The Knibbe Ranch also embraces all that is Bulverde Spring Branch. As one of the few remaining Century Heritage Ranches in the State of Texas, it offers several activities for groups of all sizes. From full or modified rodeos, to nature hikes and ranch tours, the Ranch delivers a true Texas experience.
The Spotlight Theatre & Arts Group, commonly referred to as S.T.A.G.E., is also an asset to the community. The group produces four plays a year for a run of eleven productions and brings outside entertainment into the theatre when the calendar permits. Instructors from S.T.A.G.E. offer classes for adults and children through the Lilly Foundation and ENCORE PLAYERS, an outreach program to the Bulverde Spring Branch Activity Center for Reader’s Theatre.
Get Moving – Sports
Sports are a focus of fun in Bulverde Spring Branch. From school sports to fitness clubs, there are plenty of opportunities to get moving and cheer favorite teams. The GVTC Communications SportsPlex has eight soccer fields and is owned and operated by World Wide Soccer, LLC and GVTC Communications. It is a popular destination welcoming hundreds of soccer families, as well as multi-sports and many other youth and adult recreational organizations.
Jumbo Evans Sports Park is another big draw and has approximately 65 acres that include seven soccer fields, six baseball fields and a developing football and tennis complex. Home to the Bulverde Youth Soccer Association, Bulverde Little League, Spring Branch Youth Football Association, Spring Branch Tennis Center and the Smithson Valley Lacrosse Club, the Park has enthusiastic fans and players on a regular basis.
Spring Branch is also home to the private River Crossing Golf Club and the Club at Rebecca Creek. Both are open for residents wanting to hit the links and enjoy the area’s best panoramic views and gently rolling terrain. Fine Print Farms is another local offering, and the equestrian event destination features English dressage, show jumping and cross country.
Every day in Bulverde Spring Branch is an adventure. Indulge in a spa treatment, sample scrumptious vittles at our diverse restaurants, or enjoy the hospitality at our pubs and dance halls. We’ll leave the light on for you.
Don’t Miss These Area Attractions
Natural Bridge Caverns is a premier natural attraction for adventure and fun around every bend. www.naturalbridgecaverns.com
Guadalupe River State Park is the perfect place to swim, fish, tube and canoe. While on land, visitors can camp, hike, ride mountain bikes or horses, picnic, geocache and bird watch. www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/guadalupe-river
Canyon Lake is the place to boat, fish and swim and is surrounded by five communities and a number of restaurants and recreational offerings. www.canyon-lake.net
Tejas Rodeo Company provides a true taste of Texas and its authentic Western heritage. It features an action-packed rodeo every Saturday, March through November.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort grew out of a tributary of the Guadalupe River, and today the eclectic resort is home to two distinct waterpark experiences with 51 attractions on more than 70 acres.