Panther Springs Park is a lovely, dog friendly hiking area in Stone Oak. This park has a short out-and-back trail, and the aesthetics of the park are great. Don’t forget to visit the Panther Springs Dog Park with your four-legged friends. This park can be easily accessed from Wilderness Oak Road.
How to Get to Panther Springs Dog Park in San Antonio, TX
Dog park size: 1.5 acres
Hours of operation: Panther Springs Dog Park is open from 6am – 8pm, daily
Wilderness Oaks Road can be found north of Loop 1604, between Blanco Road and Stone Oak Pkwy. You will find the entrance on the west side of the street. The entire park is open from 6am – 8pm everyday.
Outside of those times the gate to the lot may block your entrance from both the trail, and dog park. There is one portable restroom at the trailhead. There is also plenty of drinking water available for you and your dogs.
Dog Park Amenities at Panther Springs Park
There seems to be plenty of parking space available for the 1.5 acre dog park and trail. However, the dog park is split completely in half to accommodate large and small dogs. This allows .75 acres for your dog no matter how large or small.
Other parks generally allow the larger dogs more space. I would argue that the larger dogs probably need more space to run and play, but you don’t seem to agree with that Stone Oak.
There is a dog friendly drinking fountain within the transition area. This is a nice idea to keep all of the thirsty dogs from congregating in the play area. Abbey loves to take advantage of the water fountains outside!
Inside the dog park you will find a few large rocks, a few trees, a couple of obstacles, and a small patio in the center. Surprisingly, there is not a lot of shade inside the dog park. We visited Panther Springs Park mid morning and there were also not many paws around. However, I can see how the dog park might become a little crowded during evenings and weekends.
There are obstacles for the dogs to use, but they may not handle crowds well. Even though it gets very hot in San Antonio, there aren’t many trees in the dog park. More, or larger trees would provide adequate shade for our playful pups who are not immune to sunburn.
The patio area for us humans is near the center of the dog park. This forces our tail wagging family members to the outside of the space. Either that, or they may congregate on the patio near their humans, which did seem to be the case this morning.
Panther Springs Dog Park is Nice, but Underwhelming
Panther Springs looks great. There is a fair amount of space for dogs of various sizes, although the large dog park is the same size as the small dog park. There are obstacles, drinking water, and shade (although it is scarce). Panther Springs Park is very easy to access next to the entrance from Wilderness Oak Road.
We may return after visiting other dog parks in San Antonio. It’s always fun to meet new furry friends and walk through various parks. Looking for nearby trails with scenic views? Try Stone Oak Park which is also dog friendly and has exercise options.
I’m a certified personal trainer in San Antonio. After adopting Abbey, I created Places for Pups to help you get outside, exercise with your dog and have fun doing it.
We have mastered hiking in Texas Hill Country. Though we emerge from the woods unharmed, we are not responsible for you or your pets. You are solely responsible for trying exercises, or places discussed on this site.
Grab the best hiking gear and go dog friendly. I wish you good fortune on the trails to come.