Gold Canyon Park is a small hiking area in north San Antonio with a great view. This is a great San Antonio park to take a quick hike with your dog. You can find the entrance to the park off Corporate Woods Drive. Access that road from the 1604 westbound frontage road, or by driving north on Redland Road and making a couple of right turns. You can enter the park any time between sunrise and sunset. The parking lot is small, but usually uncrowded and you may find it is gated after hours.
- Dog friendly
- Portable toilet
- Well shaded
- Loop trail (1,680 steps)
One of the best parts about Gold Canyon Park is the overlook at the top of the loop trail because it provides a great view of the park below. For a more colorful view visit the park in the fall or springtime. Abbey enjoyed the view as well, but she enjoys the hike the most. Most of the path is concrete and handicap accessible. For some reason, the final portion of the trail is made of mulch. I’m not sure if the developers did this purposefully, or if funds ran low. There is a dry, rocky creek and a steep hill along this part of the trail which may provide a reason.
Back at the overlook where the loop begins I notice the concrete path on the right side. However, the overlook blocks my view of the mulch trail on the left side. For this reason, most people probably begin the loop heading down the concrete path on the right side. This is what we have done the first time and every time we have visited the park. Perhaps we will go left next time!
The Loop Trail
As you head down the concrete trail you will also be going down in terms of elevation. There is a consistent drop as the trail winds through the wooded area of Gold Canyon. The surroundings are peaceful and quiet for the most part. However, we hear barking dogs in nearby subdivisions on occasion. Abbey was startled by this the first couple of times we hiked here, but she’s grown used to ignoring it. Once in awhile we see a pack of deer as they escape our presence in the park.
The path is a loop, but you may notice a few off shooting trails. Take some time to adventure and you may find something you did not expect. For example, we saw a couch! The off shooting trails take you to entirely different places in the park. Perhaps people live out here? To get back to the overlook you will need to return to the loop. About 2/3rds of the way around the loop you will notice the concrete ends and the mulch begins. The mulch path is easy to navigate, but there is a steep hill which brings you back up to the overlook. If you use a wheelchair, you will most likely have to turn around where the concrete ends. Additionally, the trip back will be a consistent incline and may be much more difficult to navigate.
The Gold Canyon Park trail is perfect for beginners because it’s short and very easy to navigate. I tracked 1,680 steps during one trip around the loop. This is very short in comparison to other San Antonio Park trails. Another good thing about the park is that you can simply go around the loop again. Abbey never minds the additional lap around the loop! If you are looking for a short hike with an easy walk and a great view, Gold Canyon Park will not be disappointing. Furthermore, this dog friendly park has off shoot trail options for extra adventuring. If you prefer more challenging natural trails, checkout Mud Creek Park which is a nearby neighbor. Let us know if you visited Gold Canyon, and what you saw on your adventure!
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