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Friedrich Park, San Antonio

(4.6/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
Friedrich Wilderness Park lies at the southern end of the Texas Hill Country. The park is hilly due to its location on the Balcones escarpment that separates the Texas Hill Country from the flat South Texas region.HistoryNorma Friedrich Ward donated 180acre of land to San Antonio, Texas, for use as a public park. Additional land was donated by Wilbur Matthews and Glen Martin. The park was developed with monies from Ms Ward and a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The park opened in 1978.Notable featuresEndangered birdsTwo endangered birds, the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo, spend summers in the park.TopographyThe park is in the transition zone between the flat South Texas region and the Texas Hill Country. The parking lot is at 1140ft elevation above sea level and 500ft above the San Antonio River in Downtown San Antonio.The highest hill in the park is 285ft higher (1425 feet above sea level). The skyscrapers of Downtown San Antonio can be seen from the highest points in the park.
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TripAdvisor
  • Went here after a long lay off. Great trails, excellent place to walk. Well kept and clean. Restrooms are kept clean and trsils are clearly marked from beginners to experts  more »
  • This park is a great opportunity to hike through the woods without having a long drive out of the city. The trails are wooded, moderately rugged and somewhat hilly.  more »
  • This is one of my favorite parks. Over the years they have added more trails so there are many options for hiking. You can choose super easy to more moderate hiking. The back area trails are pretty ho...  more »
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  • This place is a gem! Great great great trails of all levels and difficulty... I take the whole family as young as 3 years to as young as 66 years and we all love it! It's become a family tradition. My only gripe about this trail is that it doesn't have a flowing river... Oh how I love trails with rivers. All in all great for family... Just plan for a nap afterwards😂
  • Beautiful beautiful park. I love hiking here, just ask to be Very careful. I came across a rattlesnake on Tuesday October 25. As I was hiking it was coiled ready to strike. I tip toe my self out of it slowly. I will be back just more cautious. Wish the park had emergency pole in case of an emergency since we were at the top of the trail.
  • No dogs and no bikes make for a peaceful hiking, running, and bird watching location. Their elaborate trail system allows you to cater your route to your specific skill set and desire. Some trails are even paved and graded for wheelchairs! I can easily spend 5 hours on the trails but if you do this bring plenty of water! The facility has a covered patio area for stretching or resting in the shade. There is also indoor restrooms and a water fountain. I would recommend this trail system to anyone who enjoys being outdoors!
  • Love the trails... We did the level 4 one and it was like nothing I had ever done before. It was amazing but definitely difficult. We spent about 3 hrs. It was an intense workout.
  • Nice place to hike. A little busier than other parks but going early helps.