For those who want to get lost all day in a sea of green, Government Canyon State Natural Area allows the deepest plunge into wilderness of any park within a short drive of San Antonio.
The trail is named after the madrone tree, which is famous for its pinkish-red bark that is visible at certain times of the year.
Crescent Bend Nature Park is made up of 190 acres just south of a particularly twisty section of Cibolo Creek, which forms the border of Bexar and Guadalupe counties.
The Upper Guadalupe is a great beginner paddling excursion for new kayakers, canoeists, and paddleboarders, and relatively uncrowded.
Roughly 5 miles of dirt paths wind through Olmos Basin Park, only a short distance north of downtown. Mountain bikers especially should give these a try.
The trails are a main attraction, but the preserve also includes remnants of South Texas farming and ranching heritage.
At more than 5,300 acres, Colorado Bend State Park is one of the largest in the Hill Country and offers hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and caving.
Pearsall Park, created from a former landfill, is a good place to access nature on the Southwest Side.
How I stumbled on the story of one of San Antonio’s most influential sons of wealth and his multiple expeditions for Nessies, yetis, and other mythical creatures.
With all the development around it, Stone Oak Park is still refuge for plants and animals.
There are 3.4 miles of trails, including the main trail and its loops and offshoots, that wind along Cibolo Creek.
Right now, conditions are perfect for enjoying the upper Medina River between the towns of Medina and Bandera in Bandera County.
The preserve is a 53-acre nature sanctuary owned by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as part of what they call an Earth care ministry.