Let’s not kid ourselves, in Texas the weather doesn’t change much from season to season but Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. Finding outdoor activities in San Antonio are great ways to take in nature’s beauty and stay active. We rounded up a few nearby places the for leisure hikers, active bike riders, and dog park enthusiasts to spend some time outdoors.
Friedrich Wilderness Park
21395 Milsa | Sunday-Saturday: Sunrise – Sunset
Often suggested as one of the top hiking spots in San Antonio, the Emily and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park is 600 acres of undeveloped Hill Country terrain. You will find over 10 miles of paved and unpaved trails. These trails vary in difficulty and do include wheelchair accessible segments. If you are a bird watcher, you should know that it is home to two federally-listed endangered songbirds—the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo. Visitors can enjoy great views and challenging hikes at Friedrich. Leave the dogs and bicycles at home as they are not permitted for outdoor activities in San Antonio at Friedrich Wilderness Park.
19399 N. W. Military Hwy | Sunday-Saturday: Sunrise – Sunset
Dwight D. Eisenhower Park is a 320-acre park with shorter hiking trails. One of the park’s best features an observation tower at 1,278 feet, offering a stunning view of downtown San Antonio. You can bring your pets with you as long as they are on a leash. This park also has barbecue and picnic facilities available. No roller blades, scooters, or bicycles are allowed, and hikers are required to stay on designated trails.
7222 Luskey Blvd. | Sunday-Saturday: 7:30 A.M. – Sunset
Crownridge Canyon is the place you want to go to connect to nature. It is a 200-acre natural area preserve with two trails through a variety of habitats. The Red Oak is the lower trail loop with a 1.3 mile stabilized base surface meeting ADA accessibility requirements. The Bear Grass Trail is a natural surface, .6 mile loop in the upper part of the park and offers medium difficulty with few steep slopes and rocky ledges. Scenic features include a canopy level bridge overlook, beautiful forested canyon bottoms, hillside vistas, and restored grasslands. No pets or bikes allowed for Crownridge Canyon outdoor activities in San Antonio.
Phil Hardberger Park
(East Entrance) 13203 Blanco Rd and (West Entrance) 8400 NW Military |
Sunday-Saturday: Sunrise – Sunset
Phil Hardberger Park is two parks in one and is for the active outdoors enthusiast who enjoys a bike ride, running trail, or fun with their dog at the park. Wurzbach Parkway bisects the middle of the park, separating it into a west side, with access off NW Military Hwy, and an east side, accessed by Blanco Road. Visitors will find paved and unpaved trails, playscapes, dog parks, picnic facilities, basketball courts, an outdoor classroom, an urban ecology center and the Salado Creek overlook. Hardberger Park is classified as a natural area, and recreational usage is limited to help preserve the environment.