Why Panther Springs Park is a Dog Friendly Hike


Panther Springs Park is located in the Stone Oak area, on the far north side of San Antonio, Texas. Its hiking trail is short, sweet, and there are a few good reasons you should try it. Furthermore, the park is a fantastic place to walk your dog. Here we go…

This wonderful trail is one of many dog friendly things to do in San Antonio.
The lovely Panther Springs Park Trail

How to Get to Panther Springs Park in Stone Oak

Address: 22635 Wilderness Oak, San Antonio, TX 78260 (main entrance)

Address: 20735 Wilderness Oak, San Antonio, TX 78258 (alternate library trailhead)

Panther Springs Park is a short drive north of Loop 1604 in San Antonio. You can gain access to the 2.5 mile trail from two points on Wilderness Oak Road. If you park near the north end of the trail there is access to a dog park from the parking lot.

The dog park is the first reason to hike at Panther Springs Park. It is also one of the many dog friendly things to do in San Antonio. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, and you will notice the entrance is gated.

Panther Springs Park has a very wide and easy trail.
Some shade can be found on this wide path

Panther Springs Park Amenities

  • Walk your dog
  • Wide handicap accessible trail (2.5miles)
  • One loop, but multiple path options
  • Have a picnic
  • Exercise near the Parman Library Trailhead
  • Bring your friend to the dog park

The Trail is Dog Friendly

As soon as you enter the trail you will notice its size. The entire trail is concrete and handicap accessible. You may follow the trail from the northeast side to the southwest side and return, or you can use the loop near the center. There are, in fact, two forks in the trail on either end of the loop. I’m not sure what the shape is called, but it is unique.

Going from the northeast parking lot, around the loop and back, required 5,060 steps. However, you could easily get 10,000 steps in by walking the entire trail. Just beware the annoying snake-like section near the elementary school. There is also a small change in elevation in this area, but it’s not steep.

The path is very wide and easy to navigate for those with a beginner level of fitness. Couple that with the ability to choose more than one direction and you have the second good reason to hike here.

The cacti were in abundance during the hike.
Panther Springs Trail looks great

A Pleasant Walk Through Stone Oak

Due to the paths size you will be bathed in sunlight during the day. However, as you hike you will pass through several shady areas. There are a few concrete benches and tables in case you need to rest, or have a snack.

One small overlook is currently located behind Wilderness Oak Elementary School. There’s nearly a glimpse of Hill Country, but not quite. Moreover, there appeared to be construction underway during our last visit. The trail may soon be surrounded by apartments in that area.

If you live in close proximity, Panther Springs Park is a must-visit. Furthermore, the walk is pleasant and the beautiful park contains a variety of plant-life. During the morning the park was not crowded, but more foot traffic can be expected during evenings and weekends.

A fork in the Panther Springs Park loop trail.
Another dog friendly place to walk

So Close to Hill Country

Many passersby seemed eager to say hello as we enjoyed the walk. Consequently, this made the park seem like a more friendly place. The concrete trail is mostly enclosed in a wooded area. The blends of cacti, flowers, flat rocks and various trees gives it a more unique feel. As a result, the aesthetics of the park are easily the third reason to hike at Panther Springs.

The parking lot to the north contains a restroom (the portable kind) and a drinking fountain for you or your dog. Water and a restroom are two “must haves” in a San Antonio park. The entire area is dog friendly and pleasantly enjoyable.

Panther Springs Park is a must hike if you are looking for dog friendly things to do in San Antonio. A few nearby parks for hiking in San Antonio include Eisenhower Park and Stone Oak Park. Although they do not have dog parks.


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.

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David Earley

CPT, CES



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