Friedrich Wilderness Park, San Antonio

4.7
#12 of 34 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.
Norma 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.
Endangered 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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  • This park is close enough to town to be quick and easy to get to, yet far enough away that the city seems to disappear. The main loop can be done in about 1-1.5 hours (obviously there are a lot of var...  more »
  • I absolutely LOVE this park. I think I’ve hiked every trail, except the somewhat newer restoration trail. Some routes are very challenging, while others are easier. All of them are enjoyable. There’s ...  more »
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  • Great place! Clearly marked trials, safe place, friendly patrons. It’s a great place for beginning hikers. It’s early to turn back and find your way back if you find yourself in too deep. There are plenty of trails to explore!
  • This is a very nice place to go on a hike or a run. The bathrooms could be cleaner, but otherwise we had a great experience there today. There's not a ton of elevation gain, so the trails are relatively accessible to a wide range of hikers, presuming the heat/humidity isn't to bad. Most of the time you are hiking in at least partial shade, which helps a lot. As a couple new to the area, the beginning of the hike where signs tell you what the native plants are called was really helpful/informative. The hike is close enough to town to be enjoyed by San Antonio residents, which is nice too. Being nestled in the hills amongst some McMansion developments, this park is frequented by a somewhat snooty crowd at times, but most people seemed to be relatively considerate of other people's needs. All in all, a good place for City folk to get out for a fun hike and enjoy the trees/wildlife native to the area.

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