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Friedrich Park, San Antonio

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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
  • Shaded And different length trails. I only did the main loop including the enterance, which was about 2.3 miles. Good for walking or running, solo or with people. It wasn't too crowded and everyone wa...  more »
  • This is a very simple hiking park from what I could see. The parking is limited so many folks are forced to park on the road that runs along the park boundary. Most of the trails are shaded so you won...  more »
  • There are many trails available with great signage so you should be able to find your trail. For kids, there are lots of shorter trails that are relatively flat and easy to walk. There are enough trai...  more »
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  • Great place. Parking could be a slightly full on the weekends. New trail additions are fantastic. Make sure to bring along lots of water as there is no water or restrooms on the trail. This park is not dog friendly.
  • Beautiful park. There can be a ton of people there, and you would barely feel it. It's layer out well, and s great place to exercise. I love dogs, and have one of my own, but I can appreciate a place without pets.
  • Friedrich Wilderness Park provides free access to some great day-hiking space. There are several hikes that you can do with varying levels of difficulty with the longest route being approx. 5 miles (you could add in other loops easily to create more distance). None of which are too difficult if you are in average to good condition. Some hikes are accessible by Wheelchairs. I see a lot of trail runners out. No dogs are allowed so you only need to watch out for wild animal scat and not the irresponsibility of some dog owners. Overall, one of our favorite quick-hiking spaces. Please, if you pack it in, pack it out (even what you consider biodegradable).
  • Great to hike. Don't worry about reviews that talk about the crowds. Even if parking is overflowed to the street once you get past the front hill the back of the park is mostly deserted. This is a 500 acre park with hills and dogs and bikes are prohibited. People who are loud and discourteous on the trails are a minority and mostly walk around in the front only. In cold or inclement weather or during the week it is mostly empty. Our family will hike on a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. After a rain part of the water trail has a small stream start from the bottom of a rocky side and it's really cool to see. Most evenings when I come out of the trails and I'm one of the last folks to leave there is a police cruiser in the parking lot. Safe.
  • This is a great place to get away from the city without having to driving very far away from the city. It's great for a quick, easy 30 minute hike or a 3 hour challenging hike.