Dog Friendly Hiking at James Curry Nature Center near Canyon Lake

The James Curry Nature Center is accessible off Skyline Drive near Canyon Lake in Comal County, Texas. When I think of a nature center, I envision some type of visitors center that educates people on the local environment. The staff of the center may also give guided tours of various exhibits, or nature trails. Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne would fall under this category. You will not find anything of that sort at the James Curry Nature Center. Perhaps there are future plans for such a place.

The Drive

The Nature Center(NC) is a hilly, wood covered area surrounded by residences near Canyon Lake. The drive toward the NC is very scenic. Skyline Drive can be accessed at two different points and each will bring you to the NC. I noticed many roads in these parts had the same name. I would think that defeats the purpose of naming roads, but that’s a different story. Skyline Drive twists and turns through the hilly area where you will see various residences, some with nice glass windows all over and some not so nice.

Found Sasquatch while heading to Canyon Lake for the day.

Pay attention to the map because there are many forks in the road. Upon reaching the NC you will notice two separate entrances/exits. Many trees can be seen, but we did not find an ounce of shade in the middle of the day. There are few parking spaces, but I wouldn’t consider it much of a problem, seeing as how it’s not near a major city, nor is there a center to be found.


There is a water fountain near the entrance that is also dog friendly. However, there are no restrooms available at the park. The park has a sign that displays a 3/4 mile loop trail with three benches. That is currently what you will find at the NC. The gravel trail is wide, but you will find little shade during midday. It took us about 1800 steps to get around the loop.

The View

The park is very wooded and there are good views of the treetops in many areas. There is no view of Canyon Lake from the park, but it is very peaceful and quiet. We did not see any wildlife on the hike, but it was very hot during the middle of the day. The ease of the hike makes it good for beginners. The rocky path is very wide and there are remains of asphalt in some areas. This indicates that the park may have used a roadway at some point.

One of two steeper paths on the loop trail at James Curry Nature Center.

The Trail

There are two steeper areas along the trail where lumber, similar to that of railroad ties, has been placed to serve as outstretched steps. Either that or it keeps the trail from sliding down hill. Either way, you will go down one set and up the next if you complete the loop. This should not be difficult, but depending on your fitness level and the type of hike you expect, you should know the terrain. There is enough room on the outside of the lumber to avoid the steps completely if you choose to do so.

Hiking at James Curry Nature Center is not what we expected and has very few amenities compared to other parks. There are some nice views, but they probably don’t compare to those of Canyon Lake which is a nearby neighbor. If you are into unique outdoor exercise, this park may be a good location during cooler weather, if you are nearby. If you are visiting, hiking at James Curry Nature Center will be less memorable than some of the other hiking trails around Canyon Lake. Personally, I hope there are future plans for further development.


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