Serving the educational needs of students living in Spring Branch, Texas, are the schools of the Comal Independent School District. A public school district, Comal ISD serves the incorporated communities of Bulverde, Garden Ridge, and parts of New Braunfels, in addition to the unincorporated communities of Canyon Lake, Spring Branch, Fischer, Sattler and Timberwood Park. Comal ISD is made up of five high schools and alternative schools, five middle schools, twelve elementary schools, and four more elementary schools set to be open in 2009 and 2010.
For higher education needs, high school graduates and adult learners can head down to nearby San Antonio for the University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University, Palo Alto College, St. Philip’s College, and San Antonio College, to name a few.
Economy & Job Market
Comal County is located within minutes from the San Antonio metropolitan area, making it easy for residents to commute to and from the city for work. Supporting a strong and steady economy, San Antonio is home to a number of major corporations, Fortune 500 companies, and industries. San Antonio’s economy is diversified with four main industry focuses, including national defense, financial services, tourism, and health care.
Major Fortune 500 companies headquartered in San Antonio include Clear Channel Communications, NuStar Energy, Valero Energy Corp, and Tesoro Petroleum Corp, to name a few. Other big companies that offer employment opportunities to residents of Spring Branch and the surrounding cities include Advantage Rent-A-Car, Frost National Bank, NewTek, Southwest Research Institute, Kinetic Concepts, Inc., Fairchild Aircraft, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas.
Parks & Recreation
Residents of Spring Branch don’t have to go very far to take part in a number of recreational activities. Whether it’s to hike, bike, fish or boat, or even take part in a few games of golf, Spring Branch has it all.
Located along the boundary of Kendall and Comal Counties, Guadalupe River State Park was first opened to the public in 1983. This State Park features four miles of clear river frontage and provides visitors with plenty of opportunities to go canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, tubing, hiking, picnicking and camping. An equestrian trail is also available, and visitors can take a tour of the Honey Creek State Natural Area located adjacent to the park. And for those who enjoy observing wildlife in their natural habitat, the Guadalupe River State Park is home to a number of animals, including coyote, gray fox, raccoons, bobcats, armadillos, and other smaller species.
Avid golfers have a number of courses to choose from to spend the day practicing on their swing. The Hawk Golf Club is a public course that offers Hill Country golfing at its finest with an 18-hole “Hawk” course featuring 7,074 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par-72. Additionally, golfers have access to the club’s onsite swimming pool, clubhouse, pro shop, grill, and pub. Residents can also head on over to the River Crossing Golf Club, voted as the #1 San Antonio Area Favorite Golf Course and the “3rd toughest private course in the area” by the San Antonio Business Journal. Featuring an 18-hole championship course, clubhouse, fitness club, and swimming facilities, River Crossing Golf Club is located just a short 15 minute drive from the City of San Antonio. The Club is also popular for hosting banquets, weddings and wedding receptions, among other social events. Other golf courses within the area include Cordillera Ranch Golf Club, Rayner Ranch Golf Club, Canyon Lake Golf Club, and Rebecca Creek Golf Course.
Canyon Lake is located in the Texas Hill Country and is actually a reservoir formed on the Guadalupe River by the Canyon Dam. A popular recreational destination, visitors can head out to any of the lake’s eight parks for swimming, boating, picnicking, fishing (where permitted), and camping. Trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding are also available, and some areas even allow hunting (archery only). In addition to recreation, the lake serves Comal County by conserving water to operate small hydroelectric plants in New Braunfels, for irrigation purposes, as a municipal water supply, and for other industrial uses.
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