20 Hiking Spots Every San Antonian Should Experience
Is the adventurer in you looking for some new terrain? Here's 20 of the best hiking spots near San Antonio that will no doubt bring out your inner explorer.
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Right off Bandera lies 202 acres once called "the cleanest little park in Texas." O.P. Schnabel has lots of room for hiking, as well as pavilions for hanging out.
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Barton Creek Greenbelt
Beginning at Zilker Park, the Barton Creek Greenbelt consists of 7.9 miles and is accessible through several entrances along Loop 360 and Mopac. If youre up for more than hiking, the greenbelt is a great place for swimming and climbing. Its also a very, very dog-friendly spot.
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Medina River Natural Area
The 511-acre natural area includes 7 miles of trails and is situated on San Antonio's north side. Pets on leashes are welcome to hike with owners.
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Lake Colorado City State Park
Lake Colorado City State Park is ideal for hikers looking to explore all weekend long. A four-hour drive from San Antonio, Lake Colorado offers plenty of trails, campsites and cabins stretching across 500 acres of park. Theres also opportunities to rent kayaks and spend the day on the water. http://bit.ly/1Mj4UhB
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A place where dinosaurs once roamed, Dinosaur Valley keeps true to its name. Hike in dinosaur tracks along Paluxy River, bike or swim at the 20 miles of state park. The park is about 4 hours away and makes for a great camping trip.
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Bastrop State Park
Bastrop State Park is far enough to feel like youve left the city, but close enough to come home at the end of your hike, though campers are welcome. Aside from hiking, the state park has plenty of trails for expert and beginner mountain bikers, areas for fishing, a swimming pool and wheelchair accessibility.
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Big Bend National Park
Big Bend is home to a diverse group of plants and wildlife and is perhaps one of, if not the best hiking spot in the Lone Star State. Before heading out to Big Bend, some thorough planning is recommended. Situated at the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert, the national park offers access to the Rio Grande River, is home to Santa Elena Canyon and will provide endless ways to explore. Though the drive is a bit on the longer side (close to 6 hours), Big Bend guarantees an adventure and something for every hiker.
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If youre looking to stay in San Antonio to get your hike on, McAllister Park is a 6.5-mile loop that has a number of trails and welcomes dogs on leashes.
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Its hard to believe that right off 1604 is a hiking spot so quiet that it makes you feel like youve left city. Good for a casual stroll or a day-long trek, Eisenhower Park is 320 acres of hills, canyons and trails, and is a great place for picnics and gatherings under the parks pavilions. Make sure to stop by the tower and take in the fresh view of the city.
Possibly one of the best known hiking spots, Enchanted Rock is also a promising site for backpacking, rock climbing and mountain biking. http://bit.ly/1vgI7di
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