Starting on 1 January 2018 the Texas Trail Roundup will be hosting a year-round walk in Jourdanton, Atascosa County. This is part of the Texas County Walkers Program and will be available for just one year.
The walk is either 5k or 10k and is rated 1A. You can find out the details on the AVA web site. The walk box is at the La Quinta Inn and Suites, 110 BMT Drive, Jourdanton, TX 78026. To start the walk, you will drive to the county courthouse, about a mile into town, at 1 Courthouse Circle.
Pronounce the name of the city JERD-in-tin. It was named after one of the founders, Jourdan Campbell, who started the town in 1909 as a stop on the Artesian Belt Railroad, used to ship cotton and livestock to San Antonio, 34 miles north. The railroad stopped running in the 1960s. The town has a population of about 4,000. The main industry is oil, gas and lignite coal; beef and dairy cattle, peanuts, hay, corn, grain sorghums, pecans, and strawberries are the leading crops in the county.
Atascosa means “boggy” in Spanish. That probably tells you all you need to know about the weather.
The courthouse is the most impressive building in town, but don’t miss the sweet reconstructed pioneer cabin nearby. You’ll be walking though the small downtown, a small city park and some residential areas. If you want to see more of the area, you might drive five miles north to Pleasanton, where the Longhorn Museum also serves as a tourist center for the county. It’s open Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm or you can call them at (830)569-6313. If you’re making a special trip, the famous Poteet Strawberry Festival, 10 miles north, is typically the second week in April