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Friedrich Park, San Antonio

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#12 of 19 in Parks in San Antonio
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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  • The trails range from moderate and paved to rigorous terrain not for the faint at heart... the entire park is well kept and clean while maintaining a natural atmosphere where one can enjoy nature. Har...  more »
  • It's nice to have a place to go to get away from the city, enjoy nature and get a great workout. I'm rather disappointed though at the new building developments. Houses are being built about 50 ft at ...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • They just recently added an additional 2-3 miles of trails out there. They closed off a few steep ones that I liked, but I appreciate the new options. I'm a little sad that the park is now so popular. Parking is sometimes difficult, but the park never feels packed. Lots and lots of shade on the trails, so you can go on very hot days too.
  • 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.
  • Great number of trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Lots of the trails are shaded which is nice. If going on the weekends, be sure to get there early because the parking lot gets packed. There's plenty of parking off the roads before the main entrance though.
  • Great place to walk, hike or run. Four levels of terrain to choose. From flat lands to steep hill climbs; lots of sun or mostly shade. There's something for all fitness levels.

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