Hiking by San Antonio?
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Steve Meier
(smeier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Hiking by San Antonio? on 03/11/2013 11:12:31 MDT Print View

I'm taking a business trip to San Antonio in mid-May and wondered if anyone knew of good hiking close by? I'll have my wife with me so no overnights--just day hiking. Thanks.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
San Antonio on 03/11/2013 11:53:37 MDT Print View

I think your best bets would be Lost Maples State Park and Enchanted Rock. My family did the rock without me and enjoyed it.

If your wife is along you might consider doing the river walk in San Antonio as an evening activity. Apparently its the place to go if you visit there. I never did it but my dad used to take my mom on dates there.

Edited by Cameron on 03/11/2013 11:59:02 MDT.

Charles P
(mediauras)

Locale: Terra
Re: Hiking by San Antonio? on 03/11/2013 16:12:35 MDT Print View

If you can drive an hour and some change Pedernales Falls State Park is a good place. The drive itself would offer a nice tour of the hill country, along with a hike making for a pretty pleasant day. And in mid-May the area (usually) isn't scorching hot yet!

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: Tokyo, Japan
Re: Re: Hiking by San Antonio? on 03/11/2013 17:14:37 MDT Print View

San Antonio native here. The closest nature hiking is a park called Government Canyon. Never been as it was developed after I moved to Japan.

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/government-canyon

Lost Maples and the backroads between the towns of Bandera, Medina, Vanderpool, Utopia, Concan, Leaky, and Kerrville can make for a nice winding drive thru the Hill Country, but Lost Maples is only "special" in the Fall when the colors are out.

Enchanted Rock might be your best bet for an interesting daytrip though takes 10x longer to get there than it does to do it! Big pimple of pink granite that takes about 15min to summit. Nice views from the top and the nearby town of Fredericksburg is one of the nicest Hill Country towns for lunch and antique shopping.

Keep in mind the area is in a severe multi-year drought, and many of the scenic natural water features like rivers, lakes etc, are in pretty sad shape. May days can sometimes be 100F or more and of course it is peak rattlesnake breeding season so they will need extra caution when out in the sticks.

That said, strolling or biking the San Antonio River is not a bad way to spend a day. The city has extended the path to ~15 miles and I think the development project was nearly finished when I was there last Summer. You can read more about it here,

http://www.sanantonioriver.org/

Edited by rmjapan on 03/11/2013 21:37:41 MDT.

Q Smith
(neotech@ktc.com) - MLife

Locale: Texas Hill Country
Another local on 03/13/2013 17:23:34 MDT Print View

Natural ridge caverns is close, cool, and unique.

I live in Fredericksburg. Enchanted rock is very unique and the wife will love main street Fredericksburg. Trust me.

Lost maples is best in the fall. On the drive to the park you will not think you are in Texas.

Government canyon is close and a good taste of the hill country.

Q Smith
(neotech@ktc.com) - MLife

Locale: Texas Hill Country
Snakes on 03/13/2013 17:30:57 MDT Print View

Been in San Antonio 57 years and never saw more snakes in may than in any other month...

Pedernales state park has been hit harder by the drought than the other parks.

We've had good rain in enchanted rock area.