Joe Johnston Route Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews

Joe Johnston Route Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Antonio, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 692 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Nice Point to Point trail. Dinosaur footprints recently found has added to the traffic. Rocky, mild elevations pretty canyon where the footprints were discovered.

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rocky
1 month ago

Nice trail for a challenge hike but not much to see besides some old house an d a dinosaur footprint. Well shady but pretty rocky.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail, not difficult but rocky in places, mostly shaded. We did the JJ trail to Zizelmann house, and back on overlook trail for a total of 6.7 miles. the dinosaur prints are totally cool.

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail, not to difficult. Lots of people of all ages and ability on the trail. Definitely wear the right foot wear, there are rocks and gravel. Our 8 year old made it 8 miles without complaining- not a hard hike. No dogs can be on this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Walked the Joe route to the overlook. Was nice shady path from what I can remember. As I got closer to the small winding curve in path to the overlook a snake crossed my path. It went to fast so I was not able to identify it. If you want to hang out on the overlook to see the dinosaur tracks below on a hot day make sure you have head cover because their isnt much shade.

hiking
4 months ago

Sadly due to flooding and not enough volunteers, most of the trail was closed. I took alternate routes and still enjoyed it. Great views. Definitely recommend decent shoes

5 months ago

Hours are only Friday,Saturday, Sunday, Monday 7am-10pm

hiking
7 months ago

First time in Government Canyon Park. Due to the current heavy rain, most of the park was barracaded and not accessible. ..but I did get to hike about 5 miles (including the Discovery Trail) today. Very nice, easy hike. Proper footwear is essential -very rocky terrain. I'm looking forward to hiking every trail in this park! Quite impressed so far. ..will be posting as I go. ..

9 months ago

For a moderate trail this thing about killed me, but I loved it. The rocks are no joke. This is the trail I come back to when preparing for the rocks of Pennsylvania on the AT. Take extra water, take extra snacks.

hiking
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Great trails. Highly recommend wearing the right shoes. Those rocks will have your feet hurting.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Did the Joe Johnston trail with my husband and also a small part of the overlook trail - April 9 (or 10th??) 2018. I just brought tennies and the rocks were a little hard to walk on toward the end - my feet were tired and my ankles a little sore. We were jet lagged though with two hours of sleep. Dinosaur tracks were fun to see! I’m from the PNW so fun to see something a little different. Good little hike.

Monday, April 16, 2018

A flat but sometimes rocky trail that passes an ancient midden, dinosaur tracks and the an old rock house. A good introduction to the Canyon,

hiking
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Joe Johnston-Little Windmill-Sendero Balcones-Wildcat Canyon-Joe Johnston Beautiful trails.

trail running
Monday, February 19, 2018

Enjoyed the wide trail from trailhead to the Zizelmann House and back(5.7mi). Parts of trail shaded probably a plus during sunny hot days. Able to take Recharge, Wildcat Canyon, Twin Oaks, and other trails off Joe Johnston.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

From hike on 22 July - Went up to Zizelmann House, then took Overlook Trail around and back to JJR. Nice trail, not too rocky, some good shade, and the Spanish Moss is fantastic. The view from Overlook Trail is exceptional.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

challenging ride for sure. Lots of large rocks to climb and ride over.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

great hike

Friday, April 21, 2017

Love this trail ... so much shade and very green!

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Great trail. If you want to get to the top of the cliff where the dinosaur tracks are below, take the overlook trail that branches of the Joe Johnston route. The overlook trail has a beautiful view of the canyons and has some safe areas to sit near the edge of the cliff. Also, if it rained recently, the dinosaur tracks may be underwater and the Joe Johnston route may be impassible unless you want to wade through water. If that's the case, take the overlook trail and you can see the tracks from the cliff's edge and the overlook trail will take you back to the Joe Johnston route on the other side of the flooded area.

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It was an easy trail but cost $6 each for us to walk a trail. Trail walking shouldn't cost.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Is really easy and good maintained

hiking
Saturday, March 21, 2015

I really loved the dinosaur tracks when you circle around a trail to get an overlook of the creek bed. You will clearly see them from up above and be so happy. On the bottom it's hard to see them if it rained recently. Seriously difficult. But no matter how much rain or slight mud you can see them up above. The trails are great workout too. The distance is about 2 hours of walking. Never really hiking up hills. You do walk over and around trees and roots a little rock areas.

hiking
Sunday, February 22, 2015

Not as heavily used as some other trails in the park. Starts with a long climb. Rocky but all in all not bad.

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