Explore the most popular no dogs trails near San Antonio with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful trail with a few spots overlooking the area. Nice scenic route. Some parts have an incline and a decline but not difficult for an active hiker even on the difficult trail.

Nice shaded trail with a good amount of elevation changes. Several spots where the views are nice. I recommend bringing water since there is none except at the trailhead. Even if the parking is full once you get of the main loop you will be alone for most of the hike.

Love this trail -go early this time of year to beat the heat & the crowds. We arrived at 6:15 am today and gates were open even though it was still pretty dark. I appreciate that they open the park early this time of year.

Was fun. The terrain was easy with minor rocky climbs

It was a fun time. Will be back to walk them all

was able to get this and a little more completed today before it got to hot. Always enjoy the trails here with the extra climbing to get some exercise in a short hike. Very necessary here in San Antonio during our long summers.

Great trails with plenty of tree cover and steep hills. We've hiked as little as 2 miles and up to 8 miles. Rocky terrain so wear good hiking shoes/boots.

hiking
1 month ago

Great variety of trails but nothing too extreme. Lots of shades trail yet still plenty breezy on windy days. Perfect for family outings.

switch back are hell great pave bike trail lots of shade take plenty of water

trail running
1 month ago

Great clean trails for training..

Took Main loop. It’s a quick 45 mins walk. Lots of trail options available. Have to come back and explore.

Rocky, exposed and barely anything you’d call singletrack

it was fun but it is Rocky

The moderate classification is appropriate. There are some technical areas with gradual elevation climbs. but doesn't require you to stop and slowdown and climb up rocky points in the trail. There are a few good views and is a quiet trail for a 6+ mile trail run. Might have to do this loop backwards.

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

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.

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,

Beautiful hardwood Forrest scenic vows of the Medina
River

Beautiful
Cover of trees
Unique view of river

Joe Johnston-Little Windmill-Sendero Balcones-Wildcat Canyon-Joe Johnston

Beautiful trails.

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.

Very nice trails for running. Mixture of paved and unpaved, with good inclines and technical footing. No dogs kinda sucks and if there is any rain at all, they shut down everything except the main trails.

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

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.

It was a nice short hike. My dogs enjoyed putting their feet in the water. Just hated the fact that there was soooo much poison ivy.

hiking
5 months ago

Went February and weather was good. The unpaved trail is alright and links up to river, but not moderate trail and really easy. The paved trail is nice and good for beginners. Next time I'm bring my bike to enjoy more.

walking
5 months ago

Red Oak Trail is the ADA Level 1 section of the 2 trails here. If you want anything other than a leisurely walk, you will need to include Bear Grass which is only an additional .7 mile for a total of 1.7. Bear Grass may be challenging for some, but we are in our mid 60's and did it easily without poles.

Only way to reach Bear Grass trail (the best section) is via Red Oak which is paved. The AllTrails map has you returning on the same section of Red Oak as you went out. No real reason for this, unless you just want to see the same thing again, as the other section of Red Oak (which completes the Red Oak - Bear Grass Loop) is just a tenth of a mile longer. Strongly suggest doing the loop.

trail running
5 months ago

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.

We added a little bit more to our loop hike taking in a few more trails to make a total of 6.1 miles. We combined 10 trails: Entry, Forest Range, Water, Juniper Barrens, Main Loop, Vista, Restoration Way, Bosque, Fern Del, and Juniper Ridge. Lots of changes of scenery, open areas and shaded, ups and downs, and trail skill levels made this a very enjoyable hike. Very good facilities at the trailhead, but none elsewhere. While parking fills up quickly, we found ourselves alone most of the time. Probably because of all the different combination of trails one can make and because we included the farthest out trails.

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