Cross Hill Loop Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Cross Hill Loop Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castroville, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

birding

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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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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!

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walking
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

love this trail, great views

hiking
Saturday, March 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.

hiking
Wednesday, January 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.