ENJOY ELEGANT ESTATE LIVING IN AN EXCLUSIVE GATED COMMUNITY ON SCENIC LOOP IN SAN ANTONIO

The history of the Scenic Loop Road area spans thousand of years, but is ready to create new memories

In an area steeped in history, Cantera Hills joins Grey Forest and the surrounding area as the newest chapter in an intriguing story. With as many ranches as retail centers nearby, the history of the Scenic Loop Road area spans several thousand years and has many interesting tales to tell.

Located at the base of the Hill Country, Scenic Loop Road is a winding byway that was created as a scenic touring route for San Antonians in the 1920s. The Scenic Loop was originally 46.3 miles roundtrip from downtown San Antonio and was built to connect with the Boerne Stage Road.

A drive along the route reveals evidence of prehistoric sites, 19th century rock structures, historic ranches and farms, abundant wildlife habitat and the Old Spanish Trail.

The Boerne post office and stage stop was opened by in 1856. In 1887, the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad began daily treks to Boerne from San Antonio, replacing the use of the stagecoach.

Boerne Livery circa 1920s
Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives - Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)

Established in 1929, the Grey Moss Inn Restaurant has been serving Texas Hill Country traditions for over 75 years.

Many Native Americans disputed over land and often resolved their issues near the “Treaty Tree”. The Tree was said to possess peaceful energy, and provided the natives a neutral ground to settle their disputes. The historic route now is about a fifth of its original length, totaling about 10 miles.

Stagecoaches and transit traveled through Scenic Loop Road from San Antonio.

A Polish mercenary named Juan Menchaca established a settlement on the Scenic Loop Road. Mercenaries and bandits stopped stagecoaches commuting to the larger towns to steal the belongings of the passengers. The rumor is that some of the treasure is buried in the cliff walls outside the city of Grey Forest.

The Scenic Loop Playground came to fruition during the 1920s as a getaway for the wealthy citizens of San Antonio who wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. When the Great Depression hit, development slowed and eventually the area evolved from recreational to permanent residential.

Most homes were built with rock, since lumber at the time was very expensive and difficult to obtain. One example of the rock architecture is the Grey Moss Inn, one of the oldest surviving businesses.

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