February 25, 2022

25 hidden gem parks in San Antonio everyone should visit

When it comes to parks, San Antonio has more to offer than San Pedro Springs, Brackenridge and Phil Hardberger. Indeed, the city has plenty of lesser-known — yet similarly breathtaking — public spaces, not to mention miles of greenway trails that interconnect many of its parks. If you're looking to go a little further off the beaten path, these 25 hidden gem parks will let you enjoy nature, along with some top-notch amenities and outdoor activities.
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Panther Springs Park
22635 Wilderness Oak Rd., (210) 207-8480, sanantonio.gov
Also known as Panther Springs Natural Area, this park features 2.5 miles of paved trails and a large dog park.
Photo via Instagram / naturalistteacher
Panther Springs Park
22635 Wilderness Oak Rd., (210) 207-8480, sanantonio.gov
Also known as Panther Springs Natural Area, this park features 2.5 miles of paved trails and a large dog park.
Photo via Instagram / naturalistteacher
Lady Bird Johnson Park
10700 Nacogdoches Rd., (210) 599-0122, sanantonio.gov
In addition to its scenic trails, Lady Bird Johnson Park has a skate park and a large pool perfect for cooling down during the summer months.
Photo via Instagram / besweeet
Lady Bird Johnson Park
10700 Nacogdoches Rd., (210) 599-0122, sanantonio.gov
In addition to its scenic trails, Lady Bird Johnson Park has a skate park and a large pool perfect for cooling down during the summer months.
Photo via Instagram / besweeet
Olmos Basin Park
651 Devine Rd., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Often overshadowed by the nearby Brackenridge Park, Olmos Basin Park is a beautiful place to relax and play outdoors. The park has various picnic areas and fields for sports including baseball, soccer, football and rugby. There's even a LARP group that meets at the park.
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Olmos Basin Park
651 Devine Rd., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Often overshadowed by the nearby Brackenridge Park, Olmos Basin Park is a beautiful place to relax and play outdoors. The park has various picnic areas and fields for sports including baseball, soccer, football and rugby. There's even a LARP group that meets at the park.
Instagram / rosiethebicycle
Hot Wells 
5503 S. Presa St., bexar.org
Back in the day, Hot Wells hot spring resort was a hotspot for some of the hippest celebs of the silent film era. The Hot Wells ruins are now a park, where visitors can soak in the landmark's unique history, if not soak their feet, since the well has since been capped.
Photo via Instagram / hotwellsconservancy
Hot Wells
5503 S. Presa St., bexar.org
Back in the day, Hot Wells hot spring resort was a hotspot for some of the hippest celebs of the silent film era. The Hot Wells ruins are now a park, where visitors can soak in the landmark's unique history, if not soak their feet, since the well has since been capped.
Photo via Instagram / hotwellsconservancy
Elmendorf Lake Park
3700 W. Commerce St., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
When taking a relaxing walk in this park, you can enjoy the natural beauty of Elmendorf Lake as well as a scenic view of Our Lady of the Lake University's campus across the water.
Photo via Instagram / _sierraangelica
Elmendorf Lake Park
3700 W. Commerce St., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
When taking a relaxing walk in this park, you can enjoy the natural beauty of Elmendorf Lake as well as a scenic view of Our Lady of the Lake University's campus across the water.
Photo via Instagram / _sierraangelica
Tom Slick Park
7400 Texas 151 Access Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Right off the highway you’ll find this park that will definitely cure your antojo for some fresh air, if you can believe it. Don’t let the location fool you, this park offers some space to play basketball, football or soccer, as well as the green space to simply just walk around. The park also has a fun homage to its namesake Tom Slick's passion for cryptozoology — a statue of the Loch Ness Monster made by artist Elizabeth Carrington.
Instagram / schraderfotowerks
Tom Slick Park
7400 Texas 151 Access Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Right off the highway you’ll find this park that will definitely cure your antojo for some fresh air, if you can believe it. Don’t let the location fool you, this park offers some space to play basketball, football or soccer, as well as the green space to simply just walk around. The park also has a fun homage to its namesake Tom Slick's passion for cryptozoology — a statue of the Loch Ness Monster made by artist Elizabeth Carrington.
Instagram / schraderfotowerks
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 / andrew__arrey
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 / andrew__arrey
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 / shirleybirch
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 / shirleybirch
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 / ashtrixxy
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 / ashtrixxy