Here are 5 of our favorite outdoor places to go in San Antonio!
#1 Favorite is going for a 3 mile hike right in the middle of San Antonio at Eisenhower Park (Jen’s Favorite)
This rugged urban park offers several hiking options. For a hilly route with a wilderness feel, start on the Yucca Trail clockwise, winding in and out of cedars and climbing to the Cedar Flats Trail, following it through lush vegetation. Turn left and continue climbing, with a short detour to an observation tower – which offers nice views of the city – then hike up and down through rocky areas, eventually descending back to the parking area. Open daily from sunrise to sunset. Free. No bicycles allowed. I love that you can bring your pets!
#2 Friedrich Wilderness Park
This park is located on the Northwest side, outside Loop 1604 and has 230 acres of San Antonio’s Natural Area. There are several routes ranging in length and difficulty. This route will take you through diverse habitats and low wooden markers identify plants of interest. Open from 7:30 am to sunset daily except Christmas and New Year’s Day.
#3 Government Canyon State Natural Area
Nearly 40 miles of trails wander the rugged canyon lands of this natural area, ranging from 2.6 to 12 miles in length. There are deep canyons and ridges offering scenic views. Check out remnants of old ranch operations, creeks and dinosaur tracks. Entrance fee is $6 per adult. Open Friday through Monday 7 am to 10 pm.
#4 McAllister Park
This 976 acre park offers several trail options totaling more than 10 miles. This park is popular to mountain bikers. The outer Blue Loop, a combination of asphalt and natural surface is 6.8 miles long; the 1.7 mile Red Trail meanders across the middle of the loop. From McAllister Park, hikers can access San Antonio’s Salado Creek Greenway North, four scenic miles that include a 3,400 foot boardwalk along Salado Creek wetland area by Nacogdoches Road. Open daily 5 am to 11 pm.
#5 Pearsall Park
This southwest park near the Lackland Air Force Base has a dog park and disc-golf course in addition to a 1/3 mile trail. It also has a trailhead for the Leon Creek South Greenway, a 1.5 miles hike and bike trail that goes near Quintana Road. There is a skate park, water park, playground, zip-line and tons of space to have a picnic. It is the perfect place for a Saturday afternoon with family and friends. Open daily, 5 am to 11 pm.
See you out there!