Uvalde County Community Information

About Uvalde

Enjoy all of the amenities that a big city has to offer with all of the charm of a small town in Uvalde, Texas. Uvalde offers enticing restaurants that will satisfy most foodies. There are plenty of opportunities to take in history, art, and nature in Uvalde. Nearby Hill Country offers stunning scenery and over 300 species of wildflowers. Trophy hunters will love Brush Country, offering some of the best hunting around.

History

The City of Uvalde was founded in 1855 by Reading Wood Black, a young man from New Jersey. The town was originally named Encina for the live oak trees that cover the banks of the river. The name of the town was changed to Uvalde in 1856. This change was to honor the Spanish general Juan de Ugalde. In 1881, a new railroad was established in the area. This brought new settlers to the area. Since that time, Uvalde has grown at a steady pace.

Nearby Attractions

Fort Inge is a Historic Site in Texas. It was established in 1849 by the U.S. military. The fort remained active for 20 years. Today, the fort is a park that offers fishing, historic trails, and scenic views of the Leona River.

Uvalde was once the home of notorious outlaw frontier sheriff J. King Fisher. A historical marker on Fisher and the graves of early settlers killed by Indians are in this Cemetery.

Nature Activities

The Uvalde area offers numerous activities for the nature lover. Bird watching, fishing, hiking and tons of other activities are available.
Bird Watching
Uvalde is the nesting place of rare golden-cheeked warblers. It has large flocks of wild turkeys, numerous migrant and resident species, and is home to roadrunners.
National Fish Hatchery
The National Fish Hatchery is the top producing warm-water federal hatchery in the nation. It offers refuge to endangered fish species. The hatchery is also a great location for picnicking, birding, and hiking.
Bird on Perch
Bird on Perch is a natural birding habitat that has some of the best birding in the area. This park features two wildlife viewing stations, five shaded rest stations, and 25 acres of wetland with trails.
Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Kickapoo Cavern is located about one hour from Uvalde. This state park offers hiking, caving, bat observation, bird watching, and banding.
Lost Maples State Natural Area
This large park is located one hour from Uvalde. Plateau grasslands, limestone canyons, clear streams, and maple forests can be found here. Over 30 campsites with water, restrooms, showers, and electricity are available.
Frio River
Winding through the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the Frio River has a crystal clear underground spring fed water. The river, characterized by high limestone bluffs and huge bald cypress trees, is home to many species of birds, plants and animal life. This river is an ideal location for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing.

Arts and Museums

If you are looking for cultural enlightenment, Uvalde County has a lot to offer. See masterpieces at local art galleries, take in some fine folk art, or view historical artifacts at the various museums in Uvalde County. No matter what kind of art you are interested in, you'll find what you're looking for in the options below.
Aviation Museum at Garner Field
The Aviation Museum at Garner Field is located in the original Army Air Field hanger at the Uvalde Municipal Airport. This museum features regional and local aviation history. The Aviation Museum offers displays of memorabilia and aircraft from World War II.
Briscoe Art and Antique Collection
View an extensive collection of works of bronzes, western oils, and contemporary pieces. Works by Remington, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Wood, Salinas, and Warren can be found in this collection.
Sahawe Indian Outdoor Theater
The Sahawe Indian Outdoor Theater features the active dances and the unique costumes of the Sahawe Indian Dancers. They perform traditional Mexican and American Indian dances.

Nearby Towns

Uvalde is located within a short drive to several nearby towns that offer numerous activities and opportunities to explore.
Concan
This canyon, located about a half of an hour from Uvalde is situated along the Frio River. It offers restaurants, lodging, tubing, and shopping. From March to October, the Frio Bat Cave is home to a huge population of Mexican Free-Tailed bats.
Utopia
Utopia is located about one half hour north of Uvalde. This town is home to historic cemeteries and buildings. There is a community park with picnic areas, swimming, shopping, and restaurants. Learn about pioneer lifestyle at the Sabinal Canyon Museum. Displays of household items, farm tools, geological exhibits, and Indian artifacts are located in the museum.
Sabinal
Sabinal is about 20 to 30 minutes from Uvalde. It features a charming downtown with a city park, historic buildings, and plenty of local shopping.

Uvalde Amenities

In addition to all of the wonderful activities in Uvalde, the town offers plenty of amenities for residents to enjoy daily.
Tennis and Swimming
Uvalde’s tennis courts offer 18 courts total. Twelve of the courts are lighted and are open 24 hours a day. The city offers a swimming pool that is open in the summer. General swimming and pool parties are available.
Sports Complex
The Sports Complex consists of both major and minor league baseball fields. Other fields host girls’ softball, senior play, and T-ball. There are nine soccer fields located at the far end of the complex. These are used for various age groups.
Uvalde Golf Course
This unique 18-hole course is located on a Native American archeological find. It is a great place to fit in a round in on any day.

These are only a few of the activities and amenities available in Uvalde. For more information about the community, contact Texas Heritage Real Estate today.
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