Medina River Natural Area
San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County)
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About the City Park
Formerly the site of the hotly debated and ill-fated Applewhite Reservoir, 500-acre Medina River Natural Area is the first of the City's natural areas to be situated on the Southside of San Antonio. The park's namesake, the Medina River, runs lazily through the park amidst towering bald cypress and other lush vegetation.
The park's six miles of trails are a welcome addition to the San Antonio park inventory and make the park is ideally suited to hiking, bicycling, fishing, birding, wildlife observation and nature study. There is even a group camping area with potable water, six tent pads, a large covered pavilion with bar-b-que grill and water, as well as composting toilets; electrical power is not available. NOTE: The camping area is restricted to groups only--individual campers cannot reserve a campsite.
As with all natural areas, the park is left in its natural state as much as possible to encourage native wildlife, plants, fish and insects to call it home. There is a native plant display in the park as well as an interpretive area showcasing the El Camino Real wagon trail once used by settlers. Geocachers take note--geocaching is not only permitted, it seems to be quite welcome!