San Antonio happens to lie just outside of what is designated as the “Texas Hill Country.” Because of the topography, there are places just in and around the city that make for great places to take a hike. Here are a few trails that will allow you to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
Located next to the military installation, Camp Bullis, this park is best known for its spectacular views of San Antonio and the southern portion of the Texas Hill Country. During your hike, you can hike in front of a military installation and climb up a watch tower. The great thing about hiking in this park is that there are paved and unpaved trails, so that all kinds of hikers with expertise and abilities can enjoy this park. It is a short and easy trail, relatively speaking, but it is quite good.
Located at 19399 NW Military Highway, open 7 days a week from 6 a.m.-sunset.
On the city’s North Central Side, you will find a great multi-purpose trail that is easy to get to for nearly everyone in San Antonio. Located just north of San Antonio International Airport, this trail features a 3.6 mile loop and is dog-friendly. Its elevation gain is 158 feet and will offer views of the airports along with views of the sunrise and sunset over the Alamo City. in addition, it s a popular path for trail runners. Remember, if you are doing to take your dog on this trail, it must stay leashed.
Located at 13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd, open 7 days a week from 5 a.m.-11 p.m.
Government State Canyon Natural Area
Arguably, this is the most natural trail to hike in San Antonio. The trails are very rugged and have plenty of rocks and washouts. For hiking this trail, be prepared to bring a good quality hiking boot or a trail running sneaker. Anything else would mean a miserable time at this park. There is a good chance to see wildlife compared to other trails. A 6.32 mile loop, it is commonplace for hikers and runners to share the trail with bikers. In total, there are over 40 miles of trails to use for hiking, running, and biking.
Located at 12861 Galm Road, open Friday-Monday, including overnight for camping.
Medina River Natural Area and Greenway
On San Antonio’s Southside, it is a hiking trail where you can also fish in the Medina River. There are 10 miles of hiking trails, though they have smaller grades than trails on the either on the Northside or Far West Side. There are concrete and natural paths with varying degrees. There is one trail just shy of 3 miles and a loop that is nearly 7 miles and the Medina River runs along the trail.
Located at 15890 Highway 16 South, open 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m.-sunset.