January 24, 2020

20 hidden gem parks in San Antonio you should visit

While everyone knows popular spots like San Pedro Springs Park, Phil Hardberger Park and Brackenridge Park, there are quite a few public spaces where you can get some fresh air without traveling far. Whether you're looking for new spot to get moving or just want to appreciate some of the natural beauty, here are 20 public parks you may not yet know, but should.
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Southside Lions Park
3100 Hiawatha, (210) 532-2027, sanantonio.gov
Anyone hanging out on the South Side will want to hit up Lions Park at some point. Take a walk around and enjoy the scenery, post up on a picnic table, take in the calmness of the waters, or get active in any of the sports areas. You’ll truly feel like you’ve stretched your legs when you spend some time here.
Photo via Instagram / magicmaustin
Southside Lions Park
3100 Hiawatha, (210) 532-2027, sanantonio.gov
Anyone hanging out on the South Side will want to hit up Lions Park at some point. Take a walk around and enjoy the scenery, post up on a picnic table, take in the calmness of the waters, or get active in any of the sports areas. You’ll truly feel like you’ve stretched your legs when you spend some time here.
Photo via Instagram / magicmaustin
Cathedral Rock Park
8002 Grissom Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Looking for a spot that gives serious nature vibes, but you don’t have to go far to get them? You’ll appreciate Cathedral Rock. Here you’ll be able to enjoy trails — whether you choose to bike or walk them — as well as big grassy areas and picnic tables too if you’re looking to sit back for a bit. There’s also playgrounds so the kids can run around.
Photo via Instagram / nic_is_nicole
Cathedral Rock Park
8002 Grissom Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Looking for a spot that gives serious nature vibes, but you don’t have to go far to get them? You’ll appreciate Cathedral Rock. Here you’ll be able to enjoy trails — whether you choose to bike or walk them — as well as big grassy areas and picnic tables too if you’re looking to sit back for a bit. There’s also playgrounds so the kids can run around.
Photo via Instagram / nic_is_nicole
Converse City Park
307 School St, Converse, (210) 658-1965, conversetx.net
If you live out in the Northeast part of San Antonio, you won’t have to go too far to hit up Converse’s park. The open green space features paths for walking and cycling, a playground, ball fields, a pond and lots of barbecue grills for your next cookout.
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Converse City Park
307 School St, Converse, (210) 658-1965, conversetx.net
If you live out in the Northeast part of San Antonio, you won’t have to go too far to hit up Converse’s park. The open green space features paths for walking and cycling, a playground, ball fields, a pond and lots of barbecue grills for your next cookout.
Photo via Instagram / wannabe_subi
Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Though one of the more popular parks on this list, Pearsall Park still does not get the credit it deserves compared to more-frequented green spaces in the city. In the southern sector of the city, this park is all about wide open spaces and getting active. There’s a playground, skate park, splash pads and even an outdoor gym — and a 18-hole golf course. Yep, you can get moving here.
Photo via Instagram / zlara_photography
Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Though one of the more popular parks on this list, Pearsall Park still does not get the credit it deserves compared to more-frequented green spaces in the city. In the southern sector of the city, this park is all about wide open spaces and getting active. There’s a playground, skate park, splash pads and even an outdoor gym — and a 18-hole golf course. Yep, you can get moving here.
Photo via Instagram / zlara_photography
Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park
12603 West Ave, (210) 207-3000, sanantonio.gov
Up in north San Antonio, you may stumble upon this grassy, tree-filled park that will have you feeling like you’re actually miles away from city limits. This hidden park, that’s actually jam-packed with lots of history, has all that you need to get some fresh air, like walking trails and areas to feast on a picnic.
Photo via Instagram / corby1384
Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park
12603 West Ave, (210) 207-3000, sanantonio.gov
Up in north San Antonio, you may stumble upon this grassy, tree-filled park that will have you feeling like you’re actually miles away from city limits. This hidden park, that’s actually jam-packed with lots of history, has all that you need to get some fresh air, like walking trails and areas to feast on a picnic.
Photo via Instagram / corby1384
Millers Pond Park
6175 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 623-2900, sanantonio.gov
As the spot where the O.G. Shea Serrano spent time balling up as a kid, Millers Pond Park should honestly be considered a national landmark. Even if that doesn’t happen, you should definitely head to this intimate, 42-acre park to take advantage of the fishing pond, basketball court, football field and picnic areas.
Photo via Instagram / dradrianad4
Millers Pond Park
6175 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 623-2900, sanantonio.gov
As the spot where the O.G. Shea Serrano spent time balling up as a kid, Millers Pond Park should honestly be considered a national landmark. Even if that doesn’t happen, you should definitely head to this intimate, 42-acre park to take advantage of the fishing pond, basketball court, football field and picnic areas.
Photo via Instagram / dradrianad4
Crownridge Canyon Park
7222 Luskey Blvd, (210) 207-5320, sanantonio.gov
If tranquil parks are your thing, you’ll be living your best life at Crownridge Canyon. This open space features paved and natural walking trails, but also desert-like scenery if you can believe it. Come and experience this wonder for yourself.
Photo via Instagram / matthewlikesart
Crownridge Canyon Park
7222 Luskey Blvd, (210) 207-5320, sanantonio.gov
If tranquil parks are your thing, you’ll be living your best life at Crownridge Canyon. This open space features paved and natural walking trails, but also desert-like scenery if you can believe it. Come and experience this wonder for yourself.
Photo via Instagram / matthewlikesart
Medina River Natural Area
15890 TX-16, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Located in the southern portion of the city, this sprawling park makes for an inviting space with lots to do. From hiking and biking trails to lots of terrain and wildlife to explore, you’ll be tempted to make your way to every inch of this 511-acre oasis. There’s even a camping area that you can get familiar with, you just need a reservation.
Photo via Instagram / bikeworldsatx
Medina River Natural Area
15890 TX-16, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Located in the southern portion of the city, this sprawling park makes for an inviting space with lots to do. From hiking and biking trails to lots of terrain and wildlife to explore, you’ll be tempted to make your way to every inch of this 511-acre oasis. There’s even a camping area that you can get familiar with, you just need a reservation.
Photo via Instagram / bikeworldsatx
Bamberger Nature Park
12401 Babcock Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
If you’re seeking a park that feels all natural, you’ll be happy heading to Bamberger Nature Park. This hidden gem of a park is filled with trees, letting you feel like you’re in a legitimate state park (though it is a city park). There’s even trails to walk or bike, so get that heart pumping and endorphins going.
Photo via Instagram / ceegraphs
Bamberger Nature Park
12401 Babcock Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
If you’re seeking a park that feels all natural, you’ll be happy heading to Bamberger Nature Park. This hidden gem of a park is filled with trees, letting you feel like you’re in a legitimate state park (though it is a city park). There’s even trails to walk or bike, so get that heart pumping and endorphins going.
Photo via Instagram / ceegraphs
Mud Creek Park
16875 Jones Maltsberger Road, (201) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Though not the biggest park in the city, Mud Creek Park comes through with 1.4 miles of natural terrain perfect for hiking. This dedicated trail makes for a solid choice the next time you want a challenge to stretch your legs without making a day trip out of the ordeal.
Photo via Instagram / akjazzyj
Mud Creek Park
16875 Jones Maltsberger Road, (201) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Though not the biggest park in the city, Mud Creek Park comes through with 1.4 miles of natural terrain perfect for hiking. This dedicated trail makes for a solid choice the next time you want a challenge to stretch your legs without making a day trip out of the ordeal.
Photo via Instagram / akjazzyj