Fischer Park is a 60-acre, family-friendly park on the south side of New Braunfels, Texas. This park is full of amenities, most of which are geared toward children. However, it may be the best place in New Braunfels to find trail distance, and a view of the entire city. Hiking in New Braunfels is more fun when you have the upper view. At just under 700 feet above sea level, the hilltop at Fischer Park is deceptively high.
How to Get to Fischer Park in New Braunfels, TX
Hours of operation: 6am – midnight
Fischer Park is on the corner of McQueeney and County Line Roads in New Braunfels. It’s about one mile south of I-35, making it easy to reach from outside the city. This park is free to visit, and there are three parking areas around the park.
Things to Do at Fischer Park
- Walk your dog
- Bring your kids to the playground
- Cool off in the splash-pad
- Fish in the ponds
- Visit the nature center
- Perform an archeology dig
- Rent a pavilion
- Run or hike more than two miles of trails
- Access the nearby County Line Memorial Trail
Fischer Park is dog friendly, but dogs aren’t allowed in the water or play areas. The play areas are for kids, and there are two different areas appealing to kids of different ages. The ponds are for reel-fishing only. Catfish can be caught from the ponds, but you must have a license to fish.
Splash-pad hours are 9am – 9pm, daily. The nature center is open from 10am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday, and 12pm – 5pm, on Sundays. At the nature center, your kids can dig for dinosaur bone replicas, or celebrate their birthday with friends (fees apply).
Concrete walkways wind around the ponds and over the hilltop. They are easy to hike, but there are slight changes in elevation. The paths are not well-shaded and may not be suitable for dogs during hot weather. The County Line Memorial Trail is near Fischer Park on its north side. This trail is out-and-back, which provides a few more miles of trail distance. The trail map in unnecessary, but may come in handy.
Hiking Trails at Fischer Park in New Braunfels
The trails at Fischer Park twist, turn and form several loops before reaching a distance of two miles. Walk your dog around the hilltop and between the ponds, or enjoy a scenic run through the park. There are subdivisions on every side of the park, but you will find a greenway trail on the north side.
This park may not look very big, but the amenities are large and it has the most potential trail distance in New Braunfels (if you include the memorial trail). If you enjoy far reaching views and going the distance, Fischer Park is a “must-do”. Hike through the park, head out-and-back along the greenway trail, and you may reach six miles before you know it!
Although the park feels high from the hilltop, it is not the highest point in New Braunfels. There are slightly higher peaks west of the park and, of course, on the northwest side of the city, toward the direction of Hill Country. Trying to see the hills from Fischer Park is difficult. It just isn’t quite high enough.
Other Trails Near New Braunfels
New Braunfels does not contain many parks, but there are a few places to go for a hike nearby.
- Panther Canyon Nature Trail at Landa Park
- Crescent Bend Nature Park in Cibolo
- Canyon Lake Dam
- Guadalupe River Trail
- Purgatory Creek Natural Area in San Marcos
Unfortunately, the first trail on this list is the only one inside New Braunfels. The other parks and trails are 10 – 20 miles outside of the city in different directions. It’s no wonder everyone can be found floating in the Guadalupe River!
Fortunately, Canyon Lake and Texas Hill Country are very close. Like San Antonio and Austin, New Braunfels is on the southern edge of Hill Country. There you can journey for hours, or days, through the hills, caves, springs and grapevines. Fischer Park has the best view inside New Braunfels, but it doesn’t exactly have a lot of competition. Although, it’s always great to find a park in such an elevated position.
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