City staff is working on expanding the trail network in Schertz and with that comes the development of a trail branding program. The Schertz Trails logo, trail mile-marker signage, and trail maps will all be developed as we add more trail networks to the system. Long-range plans include the Cibolo Creek Trail, Dry Comal Creek Trail, and the Woman Hollering Creek Trail. Stay tuned to Schertz.com for more information on these exciting projects.
GREAT NORTHERN TRAIL
The Great Northern Trail is a multi-use trail that once completed will span 8 miles from Schertz Parkway to the Cypress Point neighborhood in northern Schertz. The City of Schertz and Schertz Parks and Rec celebrated the opening of the Great Northern Trail on Tuesday, July 21 after the initial section of the trail was completed in the spring of 2022. About a half-mile in length, it runs from Schertz Parkway to Wiederstein Road and is already proving to be extremely popular. The second section of trail on Cibolo Valley Baptist Church property at FM 1103 was also completed this summer with future plans to connect to the existing Riata neighborhood.
THE GREAT SPRINGS PROJECT
City staff is very excited to be working with the staff at The Great Springs Project to help further their mission of a regional trail system connecting four of Texas’ Great Springs: Barton Springs, San Marcos Springs, Comal Springs, and San Antonio Springs. The goal is to create a green corridor and trail network from the Alamo to the Capitol. Schertz’ trail plans for The Great Northern Trail, the Dry Comal Creek Trail, and the Cibolo Creek Trail are important connecting pieces in this greater regional trail network. City staff recently hosted a Trail Connect meeting where a group of staff from the cities of Schertz, Cibolo, Selma, Universal City, Garden Ridge, and New Braunfels shared trail plans and discussed future connections between the cities. Stay tuned for more good trail news to come!
SCHERTZ TRAIL BLAZERS
Trail Blazers are independent volunteers who model safety and respect for all trail users and wildlife, help protect and preserve local flora and fauna along the trails by reporting vandalism and obtain information that can be used by staff to set policy on safety (bike speed limits, more signage, dog control, etc.). Be our eyes and ears on the trail, volunteer at Schertz.com.
SCHERTZ TRAILS MASTER PLAN
Schertz residents have listed trails, and walking & biking opportunities, as their top priority in citizen surveys and the Schertz Parks Master Plan since at least 2013. In 2017 the City’s Master Thoroughfare Plan was completed and this provided a framework for future transportation needs in the city, including trails, sidewalks, and bike lanes. A copy of the Master Thoroughfare Plan can be found at Schertz.com/161/Engineering and the Trails Network can be found on Page 25 of the document. This master plan provides the framework from which city staff has been working to expand the trail network.
SCHERTZ PEDESTRIAN ROUTES & BIKE LANES PROJECT, CITY-WIDE
SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE! This project added sidewalks along both sides of Live Oak Road from Schertz Parkway to FM 3009. The project also included bike lanes and proper signage along both sides of Savannah Drive and Woodland Oaks Drive for the many school children who bike to Paschal Elementary and Wilder Intermediate. The last part of the project included a decomposed granite trail from Schertz Parkway to Wiederstein Road (which is the 1st section of The Great Northern Trail) and pedestrian crossing improvements at Wiederstein Road to connect to Forest Ridge Park. The contractor is working on punch list items now and the pedestrian crossing system is not yet activated.