I’ve always been big on exploring where you live, wherever that may be. We’ve lived here for almost three years and I am still finding new places to check out and explore. This past Sunday was gorgeous and the high was around 80, so we took the dog out to a new (to us) trail, the Cibolo Creek Nature Trails. I had heard great things about this one and I am all for getting us outside and sweaty.
If you are familiar with the area, we started at Veteran’s Park in Universal City (I thought it was Schertz, but Google tells me I’m wrong) and the trail continued north to the Universal City Park. The trail follows along Cibolo Creek, hence the name. The creek actually runs from Boerne, which is Northwest of San Antonio, for 98 miles, way down to Karnes County. The creek is usually no big deal. When we get the massive downpours though, it tends to flood. It has flooded a few times just in the few years we’ve been here.
Back to the trail. The easiest trailhead is at Veteran’s Park, right off Hwy 78 in Universal City. The path is paved and wide. I like the wide part, so I don’t have to stop with the dog every time we pass someone. Parts of the trail were shaded, which was nice. It is well marked and any side trails are marked as well. We walked the entire thing, ending up at the Universal City Park. Be advised there is a disc golf course in the area. I ran into more guys playing than I did people on the trail. I was thinking the trail went farther towards I-35. They were nice enough to have a map at the end. It didn’t have the trail to 35 on it, but it did have the cave trail marked. I had heard there were caves (thanks Facebook groups!), so we headed back that way. I wasn’t sure how we missed the marker for the caves, but it wasn’t marked on our way there, just on our way back.
The cave trail was short. The trails were all marked with the length in feet, weird, but it worked out to be about a fifth of a mile to the caves. Since the water was low, it was easy to see everything. I didn’t try to find out how to actually get up the caves, but there were people up there. There is graffiti on the cliff faces and from what I’ve heard, there used to be parties back there in the 90’s. I can so see that. I can recall going to a few parties in dry creek beds.
All in all though, it was a good find and we’ll be back. We walked a little over four miles in total, so it was a good trail. If you are up for it, the Cibolo Creek Primitive Trail is a thing, but by primitive, they mean you follow the dry creek bed. It does take you to 35.