Cross Hill Loop Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Castroville, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and fly fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 229 feet Route Type: Loop

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Cross Hill Trail is one of thirteen interconnected hiking trails in the Castroville Regional Park comprising nearly 4 miles of rolling hills, abundant wildlife, and scenic views. Cross Hill Trail overlooks historic Castroville, Texas, and much of the Medina Valley. Cross Hill Trail ascends from the trail head, located near the Castroville Regional Park swimming pool, to the cross on Mount Gentilz, a historic landmark first erected in the 1840s. Along the .26 mile trail, rising approximately 124 feet, hikers are treated to excellent views of Castroville and the Medina Valley. Along the way, there is a bench to rest and take in the scenery. Visitors often see deer and javalina along this trail, as well as a dazzling display of wildflowers in the spring.

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7 days ago

Cobwebs every 30ft. other than that it's a nice trail.

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Sun Mar 17 2019

Just walked this trail the other day, I loved it. I like the natural paths and the inclines it has. I could feel the burn in my legs which I liked. The park has a tennis court, and also a place to play volleyball and basketball. There were also some goose walking around to enjoy viewing.

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Sun Oct 14 2018

Nice to find a place close to San Antonio with actual hills. There are numerous connecting trails and we hiked a lot more than this trail. It’s pretty short.

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Fri Mar 30 2018

I liked the Cross Hill trail, it had a nice incline and decent views from the top. Once we got down my the pond it smelled a little funny but other than that it was a great hike!! We ended up hiking 5 of the trails today. I’m sure we will be back!!

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Mon Feb 26 2018

There are several trails at this park. We did the outside loop trails that came to about 2.5 miles. Loved the hills and rocky trails. The river was pretty and nice to walk along at the end of our hike.

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Sun Feb 25 2018

Good for exercise, but not great on sights or beauty. Underwhelmed.

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Sat Jan 13 2018

Nice city park trail. We hiked about 1.6 miles starting at Cross Hill which is straight uphill from the parking lot with a great view of the park and town. We then went around Rocky Ravine, down Rough Draw, up Ernie's Incline and Norma's Knoll. This lead us to Canal to Creek back to the main park area. Check out the river when there

Mon Oct 30 2017

Maybe the best trails in the San Antonio area! You can definitely get a great "leg" workout here! Very rocky in places, so you must pay attention where you step. Have fun!

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Sun Aug 20 2017

weird chemical smells near the lake (nauseating), massive bee hives on the only accessible trail and the most important trails to get back to the parking lot are blocked off 7,2 and 10. would not recommend to anyone.

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Mon Jul 24 2017

There are several trails here, not just one. I rated it moderate because there are some steep inclines, declines and some uneven terrain. The trails are not paved; rains and foot traffic take a toll in places. For those not as steady on their feet this might not be the best hike for you. We hiked all of the trails in a couple of hours, including hiking to the summit (the farthest hill - there are 2) where the view across the "valley" was beautiful. There is a little dock by the small pond where you can stop and watch the ducks or whatever is in/on the water that day. Make sure to read View the signs at the edge of the parking lot about flora and fauna present in the area - you may spot some or signs they have been there. We are from San Antonio - natives, but had not been before. The hike was really nice. I recommend afterward you make your way over to the big cypress trees next to the river. They are along the driving loop. It is a beautiful place to sit and relax, cool off, dip your feet in the water, have a snack and a drink and soak in the awesomeness of Texas!

Wed Apr 13 2016

love this trail, great views

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Sat Mar 21 2015

This park has a trail around the field or you can hike up into the area to the cross continuing around a canal getting a really good hour of walking in. You can get hot here in the summer though so bring water. It allows dogs and there is a pond nearby for your dog to get a drink and a little River canal across field by the bbq pits. Overall one nice park to hike in.

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Wed Jan 23 2013

Cross Hill trail is a wonderful little trail that leads from the pool parking lot in Castroville Regional Park up to the cross on Mt. Gentilz, which overlooks the city of Castroville and the Medina Valley. This trail is one of 13 interconnecting trails which have an overall length of about four miles. The scenery is great, the birds and wildlife are abundant, and in the spring, this mountainside fills up with wildflowers. There are several sets of stairs, so strollers are not recommended. Also, there is a bench halfway up the mountain to rest and take in the view. Don't forget to grab a trail brochure at the trail head, it contains a lot of helpful information.

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