Canoe Trips and Bike Rides

Canoe Trips on the Guadalupe

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Each Friday during the festival, Joe Kendall and Jason Pinchback of Austin's Texas River School (Chautauqua Foundation) host canoe trips on the Guadalupe River from noon to 5 PM. Availability is limited. Canoes, single kayaks, and double kayaks are currently available. $20 per person, $60 per canoe with 3 people. All proceeds go to support the Texas River School. Additional information may be found at the “Kerrville Folk Fest Canoe & River Trip” Facebook group.

Canoe Trip Musical Hosts:

  • Trip 1 (May 25) - Bill Oliver

  • Trip 2 (June 1) - Bill Oliver

  • Trip 3 (June 8) - Johann Wagner


To make a reservation, please drop an email to If you have your own canoe and want to go out with the group you are welcome to do at no charge, however a donation to the Chautaqua Foundation / Texas River School would be greatly appreciated. Bring sunscreen, drinking water, and any food or snacks.


Hill Country Bike Rides


Each Saturday morning of the festival there is a 26-mile bike ride through the Hill Country Highways and Byways.  Bring your bike, helmet, and water bottle and meet at 9am in front of the festival office.  Rides are for intermediate touring class and at least 10-speed equipment is recommended.  The bike ride is free of charge. An escort/water vehicle is on hand.

Route: From the Quiet Valley Ranch the group will head north (toward Kerrville) on Medina Hwy (TX Hwy 16) for 2 miles.  They will then turn east on Lower Turtle Creek Road (FM 2771) and travel this lovely rural road for 6 miles until they reach Bandera Hwy (TX Hwy 173). Then it's north again on 173 for roughly 9 miles back to Medina Hwy (TX Hwy 16) in South Kerrville.  Then the group hangs a left and heads for home, another 8 miles, to the Quiet Valley Ranch.  This last leg has a few good hills so be prepared.