Springtime is right around the corner in Texas’s second largest city– San Antonio. Locals and tourists alike are anxiously awaiting the days where beautiful skies stretch for miles and they can one again enjoy wonderful weather. One of the top outdoor activities in San Antonio is hiking. No matter your skill, you’ll find a variety of trails with length, difficulty, scenery, and more.
Just south of downtown, Mission Reach is an extension of the San Antonio Riverwalk trail. Mission Reach is a historical 8-mile trail that will walk you through a national park. It traces the San Antonio river with paved trails, open 365 days a year. It’s a popular trail for hikers and bikers, but also those looking for a leisurely stroll. This trail is considered a beginner trail and won’t give you a run for your money. If you’re looking for a great trail in proximity to the city, Mission Reach is the one.
This park is one for all, with a robust option of trails for any level of difficulty. The Yucca Trail in Eisenhower Park is an intermediate route through the wilderness. You’ll weave in and out of cedar trees until you’re met up with the Cedar Flats Trail. You can also follow this trail to an overlook tower which gives you a unique view of the city. Through this rocky terrain, bikes are not welcome. Eisenhower is a free park open dawn to dusk.
Friedrich Wilderness Park
A solid 230 acres of natural land in San Antonio makes for Friedrich Wilderness Park. This is another great location for those looking for a variety of lengths and difficulties. Friedrich Wilderness has many routes to choose from. The main loop in this park is just over 2 miles and is considered a moderately difficult trail. The loops at Friedrich Wilderness are great for those seeking different scenery throughout their route. From juniper and deciduous woodlands to grasslands, creeks and rocky canyons, this trial has plenty to offer!
Government Canyon State Natural Area
If you’re looking to make your trip longer than just a few miles, Government Canyon State Natural Area has nearly 40 miles of trails to explore. Wander through the rugged canyon trails and scenic views. During your adventures here you can find remnants of ranch operations, creeks, canyon ridges, and even dinosaur tracks. In addition to the historic marks and scenic routes, you’ll be graced by the presences of wildlife here. There is an entrance fee to get into the natural area, however your money goes towards caring for the land and keeping the natural area clean.