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Friedrich Wilderness Park, San Antonio

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 60 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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  • I hike thru Friedrich Wilderness Park 2-3 times a week. It's beautiful, well-maintained and has a network of different trails of all difficulties (from paved walking paths to Level 4 trails that will ...  read more »
  • There are plenty of other better parks in San Antonio. Avoid this one at all costs. First off there are only a few parking spaces and many are forced to park on the street. There isn't much of a shoul...  read more »
  • This is a nice Hill Country park to hike. The rough path is full of cool looking rocks and the cedar trees are twisted in interesting ways. The view is more brown than green but if you like the hill c...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Really enjoyed hiking at this location. It's a pretty popular place, judging by all the friendly people that have been here the couple of times I've been. There are different trail levels of hiking, so one can switch it up when he/she works up to it .
  • Great park that's close to home. We took our young family and went on some rugged terrain and some paved paths. Great all around park! Bathrooms were decent.
  • Beautiful and quite place to get a jog or walk in away from town and get that secluded, peaceful feel.
  • I visit this park very often. It is a good place to walk, meditate and run. Keep it clean if you visit.
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