Friedrich Wilderness Park, San Antonio

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#11 of 26 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. pedestrians only -- no bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards or scooters are permitted; camping, smoking and dogs or other pets are also not permitted.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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  • There are a few routes to take easy to hard routes. Texas Hill Country terrain with creek bottoms and hill top views.  more »
  • Without driving to Lost Maples or further, this has some of the best hill views and remote trails in the area. And best of all, it's free! Great place to hike or trail run. Be advised that dogs are no...  more »
  • This is a true roughin it hiking trail! Treacherous in parts. Saw great plants and a snake! Pack a lunch and stay a while! Soooo great!  more »
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  • When I visited here, I didn't know how much I would enjoy it, but it was great! When arriving, the on-site parking is limited for the amount of visitors. There is street parking nearby. The "welcome" area is clean and under a shelter. There are trail maps that you can take along with you that have trails marked for length and difficulty. The trails are well marked and you can see that they are maintained. This is a great place.
  • This was my family's very first time visiting and walking the trails. I highly advise everone not to wear open toe or flip flop shoes because the terrain gets a bit rough. Also it is better to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. Well my six year old learned the hard way after running and tripping with her flip flops. Well the wonderful trails and beautiful sights as you hike further in, are amazing! We definitely look forward to coming back soon. I highly advise to bring some one or as many people as you like with you. You can get lost when the sun starts going down, especially when you do not see or hear people around you. Our overall experience for this wonderful park is thumbs up. The adventures begin when you walk past the gates! I highly recommend visiting and hiking here.
  • This is a great park to day hike or trail run! My children love to hike here! While some of the surrounding housing developments are visible, most of the trails feel quite remote. Depending on the length of your intended hike, plan ahead with regards to snacks, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. The trails are well maintained and easy to follow. There are trails of various difficulties. Refer to the website for a detailed description. Wear appropriate attire and shoes as some trails might be considered challenging. While the park doesn’t allow mountain biking, I’ve found it to be good place to park if heading out on a road bike.
  • We came upon this park once while just out for a drive, we walked the entire park. This has become one of our top three best parks. It is a great place to get good cardio. Trail level 4 is the best for this. There are levels for everyone. Great trails, great scenery, everyone is friendly and courteous to each other. Parking could be better, but even along the main street is good to park. I'm always looking for a good place to hike and this is one of my favorites.
  • My husband and I love hiking this park. We always train hard there before we visit Colorado and hike during the summer. Not the same altitude or conditions but timing yourself helps with performance. Love it!

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