6 thoughts on “The Trailist: Olmos Basin Park Has A Hidden Network of Dirt Trails

  1. I lived on the last block of Paseo Encinal one block over from Contour back before 281. A group of us kids would go exploring in the woods hunting clay pigeons. An unbroken one was a trophy. You could hear the BBs falling in the trees after someone at the gun club pulled the trigger. We had free reign of that area all the way to the AH pool. The Nature Trails didn’t have Judson as part of the name. When the earth movers came for the freeway, it was dirt biking time on the hills of excavated earth. Fun times in the 70s.

  2. This is a special area. It is our Machu Picchu, but at least ten thousand years older. The remains of dozens of ancient settlements and burial sites still exist in the area and are now federally protected. The large hump in in East Olmos Drive below Olmos Dam is actually the covered mound site of an ancient settlement. It extended to the north, but was mostly destroyed during the construction of Olmos Dam in the 1920’s. In addition, the fault line that includes the many of the headwaters springs runs roughly from Central Market through the Headwaters and over near Contour Drive and eventually across McCullough Ave and beyond. The remains of ancient springs now exist as caves and sinkholes exist along this fault line. Olmos Basin is a sacred area and should be treated as such. Sadly, the good people of Olmos Park treat this part of San Antonio as a personal dumping ground. Directly across from almost every driveway along Park and Contour drives are individual active dumpsites containing remodeling remains and yard waste including invasive plants such as ligustrum and cats claw vine. Both of these plants are marching across the basin destroying a significant amount of native trees and plants. When visiting this historic and archaeologically sensitive area, please treat it with the respect that it deserves.

  3. Oh I love hearing about the history of a girl scout camp. I haven’t come across the camp stove yet.. neat. I have also found other temporary installations that look like local kids playing camp like scouts would. I also encourage folks to help keep it nicer by picking up trash whenever you go there. Once a year is not enough. Sadly drive-bys throw their fastfood and beer cans along the quiet stretch of road ( Dick Friedrich Drive) and yes storms or water and wind to the rest. If anyone wants to start a monthly or bi-monthly clean up or if there are any other official or unofficial ones let me know. carye (at) caryebye.com

  4. The Judson Nature Trails, also known as The Hondondo Creek Trails are a gem to our neighborhood. These are maintained by private donations and are not maintained by the cities of San Antonio, Alamo Heights, or Olmos Park. The group Friends of Hondondo Creek Trails is a local 5013c that raises monies to maintain the trails.

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