Self Guided Activities

During your stay at John Knox Ranch, take advantage of our self guided activities like: visiting our Labyrinth and meditation garden, hiking (look out point has a great view!), bird watching, our self guided nature trail, mountain biking with your own bike, disc golf, catch and release fishing, and more.
Self Guided Activity Options
Labyrinth and Meditation Garden
  • Walk our Labyrinth as a spiritual practice or an opportunity to quiet your mind through walking meditation.
  • Unlike a maze, a Labyrinth has no wrong turns or dead ends.
  • Continue your reflection on one of the benches nearby
  • Located a short walk from the Camp Office
Hiking the JKR Nature Preserve
  • Enjoy a hike through the 200 acre JKR Hill Country Nature Preserve
  • There is a map in your welcome packet and more at the office
  • "Look Out Point" has beautiful views if you are up for the climb
Bird Watching
  • Enjoy spotting many native resident and migrant birds
  • Check our feeders and along water sources like Carpers Creek
Mountain Biking
  • Explore our 200 acre nature preserve on bike!
  • Bring your own bike and helmet and hit the trails
Self Guided Nature Hike
  • Use our paper guide to follow our "alphabet" nature trail
  • Use the map to find trail markers with cooresponding interpretive nature and histroy facts.
Disc Golf
  • Try out our Disc Golf Course!
  • The first tee is located near the outdoor pavilion
  • Bring your own discs or check one out from the office. Please be sure to return all borrowed discs.
  • We have JKR Discs for sale in our store!
Fishing in Carpers Creek or the Blanco River
  • Bring your own fishing gear
  • Please catch, photo, and release only
Make a Camp Fire
  • If you are spending the night, enjoy a campfire!
  • Please build fires in designated campfire rings only
  • There is firewood at each cabin and you are welcome to collect your own
Nature Play Area
  • A great option for kids to play and create!
  • Large sandbox
  • Boulders and logs for climbing
  • Wooden blocks for fort building
  • Located next to the Meeting House on the east side
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