Friedrich Wilderness Park

Friedrich Wilderness Park featuring landscape views, a park and forests
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An expanse of wilderness just outside the city with miles of hiking and biking trails.

When Norma Friedrich Ward donated 180 acres (73 hectares) of wild Texas Hill Country to the public, she wanted it to be a sanctuary away from busy urban life.

Today, the Friedrich Wilderness Park, just a short drive north of downtown, spans 240 acres (97 hectares). Not only does it protect the plant and animal life in the area, it’s an escape from the city and a place of recreation for locals and visitors alike. Forests and canyons provide the backdrop for a peaceful day out.

The well-marked 5.5 miles (8.8 kilometers) of trails are graded in terms of difficulty from one to four, and suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. It’s hilly country, so level four is a steep climb (though manageable to finish in about an hour). From the highest point, there’s a great view of the skyline of downtown San Antonio.

The park draws bird-watchers from around the world thanks to an abundance of wildlife, including endangered species such as the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler. Be on the lookout for other animals, including white-tail deer, roadrunners and raccoons.

Guides are available to lead educational and themed hikes. Spiders, fall colors and fossils are among the typical themes. Check the San Antonio Parks and Recreation website for details, and call ahead for a schedule and to make reservations.

Come armed with snacks, as there are no restaurants in the park but plenty of beautiful spots to spread a picnic blanket. This peaceful respite is a true escape from busy daily life, but be aware that bicycles aren’t allowed, nor are skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, smoking, camping or pets.

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HillView Inn
HillView Inn
2 out of 5
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La Cantera Resort & Spa
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Overlooking The Rim, Six Flags, & much more!
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The price is $180 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
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HillView Inn
HillView Inn
2 out of 5
19793 I 10 W, San Antonio, TX, 78257
The price is $49 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
HillView Inn
La Cantera Resort & Spa
La Cantera Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX, 78256
The price is $296 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
La Cantera Resort & Spa
Overlooking The Rim, Six Flags, & much more!
Overlooking The Rim, Six Flags, & much more!
San Antonio, TX
The price is $180 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Overlooking The Rim, Six Flags, & much more!
SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Antonio Northwest at The RIM
SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Antonio Northwest at The RIM
3 out of 5
18119 Talavera Rdg, San Antonio, TX, 78257
The price is $127 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Antonio Northwest at The RIM
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Antonio The Dominion
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Antonio The Dominion
2.5 out of 5
25042 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX, 78257
The price is $84 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
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The Coop at Cross Mountain
The Coop at Cross Mountain
San Antonio, TX
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Eilan Hotel and Spa, Ascend Resort Collection
Eilan Hotel and Spa, Ascend Resort Collection
4.5 out of 5
18603 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX, 78256
The price is $297 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
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Eilan Hotel and Spa King
2.5 out of 5
18603 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX, 78256
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Eilan Hotel & Spa - San Antonio - 1 Bedroom Standard King
San Antonio, TX
Eilan Hotel & Spa - San Antonio - 1 Bedroom Standard King
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