Kerrville is a city in Kerr County, Texas, United States. The population was 20,425 at the 2000 census. Kerrville is located in central Texas, 104 miles west of Austin. Kerrville is 65 miles from San Antonio, 306 miles from Dallas, and 248 miles from Houston. It is in the heart of the Hill country with streams and rugged terrain and the rolling hills of the Guadalupe River Valley.
The weather in Kerrville is pleasant - year-round! Mid-summer highs go up to 95 while winter lows go only as low as 35. Spring and Fall both have more rain than summer and winter. In the spring, hail and thunderstorms are common. The summers are warm, but the night cool down. Fall comes with mild days and cool nights giving way to winter usually the middle of December. Cold spells come along, but rarely last more than a few days at a time. Early morning clouds are frequent, but burn off to sunshine by mid-day. Not much rain falls during the winter.
Being nestled in the hills of Texas Hill Country, Kerrville is best known for its beautiful parks that line the Guadalupe River - which runs directly through the city, its nearby youth summer camps, hunting ranches, and RV parks. It's also the home of Texas' Official State Arts & Crafts Fair, the Kerrville Folk Festival, H-E-B Grocery Stores, Mooney Airplane Company, James Avery Jewelry, Kerrville Bus Company, and Schreiner University. The Museum of Western Art (founded 1983) features the work of living artists specializing in the themes of the American West.
Kerrville is home to the annual Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair which features artisans and entertainers from around the state. Kerrville also plays host to the Kerrville Folk Festival, an annual summer festival which features folk musicians from around the country. The Texas Lions Camp and Echo Hill Ranch Summer Camp are also located in Kerrville.
Kerrville is served by the Kerrville Independent School District which maintains Early Childhood Campus (Head Start, Pre-K, and Tivy Child Development Center), four elementary schools (Tally, Nimitz, Starkey, and Daniels), two middle schools (BT Wilson 6th Grade & Peterson), and two high schools (Tivy High School - the home of the "Fighting Antlers") and Hill Country High School. Many alumni of Tivy regularly enjoy reunions.
Kerrville is home to Schreiner University, a private 4-year college university which was established in 1923 by an ex-Texas Ranger, Captain Charles Schreiner. The school is consistently listed as one of the top regional liberal arts colleges in the Western U.S. by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges Guide. Schreiner University is also home to Greystone Preparatory School, one of the five federal service academies that offers up to 36 college credits.