Main Loop to Vista Loop to Fern Del Trail

MODERATE 253 reviews

Main Loop to Vista Loop to Fern Del Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop 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.

2.4 miles
360 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




washed out

no dogs

Friedrich Wilderness Park offers approximately 10 miles of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. It is home for rare birds, terrestrial orchids, steep hills and deep canyons. It is internationally known for bird watching. Perched on the edge of the Balcones Escarpment, Friedrich is a nesting site for two federally listed endangered species of birds: the Black-capped Vireo and the Golden-cheeked Warbler. Restrooms and water fountains are found at the entrance to the park. Visitors are encouraged to bring water bottles for longer hikes in warm weather. In order to protect this wilderness area, it is important to observe the following rules: No fires, no smoking on trails, Stay on designated trails. Pedestrians only please; roller blades, skateboards, scooters, bicycles, etc., are not allowed. To protect the endangered species, pets, including dogs, are not allowed. For more information visit:

1 month ago

Good hike. We got there pretty late and didn’t bring a flashlight with us so it was difficult to find a way back because it was super dark. However the trail is marked pretty well and it is a good trail.

1 month ago

Some parts are challenging to say the least
Great views. Superb area to explore. Multiple choices

1 month ago

Did the Main Loop Trail on 3/3/18. Misty, drizzly weather and a little chilly. Rocks on top of the hill were very slippery due to the drizzle. This is a very good trail to test the legs and hips. It begins with a serious climb then a "flat" section on the top then an interesting descent. We started by going left from the entry trail. This gives you the toughest part at the start. Met some friendly folks along the way. Very clean trail.

2 months ago

Great trail for Texas! Some trails rated as difficulty really weren’t. There was one section of the Restoration Trail where you could hear and see building of huge homes and that took away from the tranquility a bit but it was just for a short section. Highly recommend and I’ll be back :) Very well marked trails too.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike! So glad we got out there.... highly recommend.

5 months ago

nice trail. good way to spend an hour or two.

7 months ago

great trail!

Love it! Wish they had more views because the place is beautiful!

10 months ago

Main loop was decent but all the side trails were closed so only was able to do the main loop

Friday, March 24, 2017

Loved it

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I really like this park. It's not too crowded. And every blue moon you'll pass someone up, giving you a sense of security when hiking alone. This park offers trails for all skill levels. It's beautiful and not too close to the highway to obstruct the blissful sounds of nature.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Pleasant surprise of a short hike. Main Loop is about 2 miles. Going right to left or vice versa it's uphill half and down the back half. Plenty of optional trails along the way if you plan to extend. Trails are well marked and maintained. Cement from the parking lot to about .15 miles and then changes to bed rock and dirt the rest of the trails. Still easily navigable after a decent rain but chances are they close the smaller trails. Decent elevation works up a sweat. I would consider moderate difficulty. Only grind I may have is no pets allowed but it's a nature park so understandable.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Great terrain for San Antonio. Not much wildlife or water, but very wooded and nice vistas

Thursday, December 29, 2016

No pets!!!!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

was fun and easy

Friday, November 25, 2016

Very beautiful!! I went with my mom on this Black Friday and we both appreciated that the trails were so well marked!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Almost all trails were closed.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Wanted to let those who are looking for this trail know that it is located within Friedrich Park. Really nice area for hiking and/or trail running. Several different trails with various lengths, terrain and difficulty.

Friday, October 21, 2016

One of my favorite trails. Flat area with some rocky hills to climb. I can do an "easy" 4 miles if I add Juniper Barrens in the mix. Lots of shade.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nice variety of trails and views.

trail running
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Awesome but the trails we wanted were closed. can this app tell us about changes in the future?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

easy trail. well maintained. easy parking. clean bathroom.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Still my favorite place to hike in San Antonio. We took my son as early as 2 months about once a week. Beautiful views with some ascends/descends and different trails to switch up your hike often.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Loved the challenge of the inclines but especially enjoyed the scenery. Definitely will be back to venture down the other trails offered.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Awsome hike with my kids....different trails, some steep, but worth the walk.

Monday, July 18, 2016

This is my favorite place to hike in San Antonio. There are hills, views, Juniper canopies, and you can even lose sight of civilization for awhile. The Fern Del gets a little steep, which is fun and a small challenge. I usually hike about 3-4 miles in about 90 minutes and enjoy the nature

Thursday, June 23, 2016

really awesome place.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Great trail with others trails

Monday, May 30, 2016

Make sure you go when it hasn't rained recently , they closed down almost all of the trails when we went because it rained the night prior

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Awesome trail many different trails within!

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