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Friedrich Wilderness Park
San Antonio, Texas

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The 240-acre natural preserve known as Friedrich Wilderness Park is a welcome escape from the urban chaos of San Antonio. Tucked in the hills of Northwest San Antonio amid dense stands of mature Ashe-juniper, opportunities for hiking, picnicking, birding (Park's Bird List) and nature study abound. Various educational presentations and interpretive hikes are held at the park throughout the year. Restrooms and water fountains are available near the trail entrance.

The preserve features 5.5 miles of well-marked hiking trails, including the wheelchair-accessible Forest Range Trail. Trails range in difficulty from a brief, leisurely stroll on the Upland Range Trail to longer, more rugged hikes on the Vista Loop and Main Loop trails.

Friedrich Wilderness Park is San Antonio's only nature preserve, and as such has the following rules: pedestrians only -- no bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards or scooters are permitted; camping, smoking and dogs or other pets are also not permitted.

Wildlife watchers may encounter white-tail deer, cottontail rabbits, squirrels, and raccoons. As the nesting site of two federally recognized endangered species, the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo, the park is a favorite of area birders. Painted buntings, northern orioles, greater roadrunners, and northern bobwhites have also been observed.



Shannon's Notebook

Like any city park, Friedrich can be crowded on weekends when the weather is mild, but is significantly less crowded on weekdays and during the more extreme portions of summer and winter. Justin and I have hiked all of the park's trails; our favorites are the Vista Loop and Main Loop. The Vista Loop Trail follows a ridge, offering brief glimpses of the San Antonio skyline from a few points. The Main Loop Trail offers a good overall view of the park's flora and fauna. Another favorite of ours, the Fern Del Trail, descends into an intermittent spring bottom blanketed by ferns and lacey oaks. The Main Loop was expanded in 1996 to link with all other trails in the park, including the paved Forest Range Trail.

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Location

Friedrich Park is located in northwest San Antonio off Interstate Highway 10 (IH-10) West about 1/2 mile past Loop 1604. Take Exit #552 (Dominion Drive exit) and drive approximately 1.5 miles, taking the turn-around under IH-10. Next, take the second right turn on Milsa. Milsa makes a left turn. Friedrich Park will be on your right within 600 yards.
Map of Park's Location

For GPS Users: N 29° 38.20'   W 098° 37.90' (WGS84/NAD83)
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Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round, 7:30 AM to sunset. The park is closed on Christmas and New Year's Day. The park entrance gate is closed one hour before sunset.

Fees

There is no entrance fee for the park.

Events

Consult the San Antonio Parks Calendar for information on upcoming events at this and other San Antonio city parks.

Weather

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Volunteer Opportunities

Contact the Friends of Friedrich Wilderness Park, the officially recognized non-profit support group of Friedrich Wilderness Park.

Contact Information

The park is managed by the San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation.

San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department Friedrich Wilderness Park
21395 Milsa
San Antonio, Texas 78256

Park Office: (210)564-6400
City Park Info: (210)207-7275

Related Links:
*San Antonio Audubon Society: Friedrich Park


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