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20 Hiking Spots Every San Antonian Should Experience 

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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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O.P. Schnabel

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 you’re up for more than hiking, the greenbelt is a great place for swimming and climbing. It’s 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. There’s also opportunities to rent kayaks and spend the day on the water.
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Dinosaur Valley

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 you’ve 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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McAllister Park

If you’re 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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Eisenhower Park

It’s hard to believe that right off 1604 is a hiking spot so quiet that it makes you feel like you’ve 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 park’s pavilions. Make sure to stop by the tower and take in the fresh view of the city.
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Enchanted Rock

Possibly one of the best known hiking spots, Enchanted Rock is also a promising site for backpacking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
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Garner State Park

Situated along the Frio River, Garner State Park is a perfect place if you’re looking for a post-hike dip. Along with swimming and hiking, visitors can mountain bike, canoe, fish, camp and tube down the 2.9 mile long river.
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Friedrich Wilderness Park

Friedrich Wilderness Park is a stretch of 5.5 miles, offering a quick escape from the city where hikers can catch wildlife sightings and admire native foliage.
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Government Canyon State Natural Area

Government Canyon stretches for 40 miles with several trails to choose from, including a dog-friendly path around the Front Country. The park is located on Galm Road and is perfect for a day trip.
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Pedernales Falls State Park

An hour and a half away, Pedernales State Falls is a quick getaway spot that offers hike and bike trails, bird watching, swimming and even horseback riding.
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Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Kickapoo Cavern is best known as a solid place for bat flight viewing. The park is almost three hours away, but camping spots are available. There’s also 20 caves within the park, all of which can be viewed on a tour for $10.
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Lost Maples

Lost Maples is less than two hours away and is a perfect spot for a one-day getaway. The state natural area has a steep and rugged terrain, so it’s perfect for hikers looking for a challenge.
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Mustang Island State Park

“Hiking” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mustang Island, but there’s plenty of room for exploring. With five miles of coastline to hang out, kayak, picnic and bike, the three-hour drive is totally worth it. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
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Comanche Lookout Park

Comanche Lookout Park is made of 96 acres owned by the City of San Antonio. The park includes one of the highest points in the city and is located on Nacogdoches Road.
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Guadalupe River State Park

The park comprises 13 miles of hiking trails, as well as a few trails open for horseback riding. About an hour outside of San Antonio, Guadalupe River State Park is a great place for those looking for a day-long adventure.
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Inks Lake State Park

Situated in Burnet about one hour north of Austin, Inks Lake State Park is a friendly spot to hike year round. Hike the 7.5 miles of trails through shady forests and take a dive in the water when you’re through. For underwater explorers, scuba diving is available.
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O.P. Schnabel

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.
Photo via Fveragood/Instagram

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