Eisenhower Park is a very large hiking area approximately two miles north of 1604, and east of I-10 in San Antonio. If you are looking for things to do in San Antonio with your dog, Eisenhower Park should be on your list. You will find the entrance to the park by heading north on NW Military HWY from 1604. Prior to reaching the gate to Camp Bullis, you will make a left turn into the park after coming around a curve.
You will find adequate parking available. If you choose a spot that’s shaded it may help keep your vehicle cooler. The park is most likely open from sunrise to sunset. However, there are two pavilions for rent and the hours listed for those are from 8am – 11pm. I have been to Eisenhower Park at various times throughout the day. I can confirm that it is open before 7am and after 7pm during the week. Entrance to the park may be blocked by a locked gate after hours. It’s starting to get hot in San Antonio, which means dusk and dawn will be two of the best times to hike with your dog(s).
- Dog friendly
- Public restrooms and portable toilets
- Asphalt and natural trails
- Variable paths, distances and difficulties
- Playground and climbing wall
- Small wooden tower with a view of downtown
What You Will Find
As you approach the Eisenhower Park trail sign you will quickly notice the natural area is very large with many options from which to take. The park consists of 320 acres of natural area with trails that vary in difficulty. It may be a good idea to take a photo of the map. This will provide a sense of direction and aide you in the event you lose your way. The park contains an observation tower near the back side which boasts an amazing view of downtown San Antonio, as well as the nearby hill country. Any trail you choose could get you close to the observation tower. However, you should be aware of where you are going and keep in mind that the trails vary in distance and difficulty.
Distance And Difficulty
On the map you will notice that the trails are color coded. The blue trail is the easiest because it is asphalt, is wider than the others and is handicap accessible. Reaching the observation tower using the blue trail will be nearly one mile. Although it is paved and easy to walk, you will approach the tower on an incline. If you are using a wheelchair it will be more difficult than it sounds to reach the tower. On the way back you will be heading downhill for the most part. This will make the return for you and your dog(s) seemingly easier, but you may have to decelerate yourself in some areas.
The other trails are of various colors and take you to different places in the park. The white trail is the longest and makes a complete loop. It also intersects the paved blue trail just before coming to the observation tower. The yellow trail is the second longest and intersects the white trail at two points to create a loop. The yellow trail also intersects the blue trail at one point and provides an additional path to the tower. The shorter trails are red, green, light blue, and these will get you from one trail to another.
We usually log at least 5,000 steps doing one loop in the park. This will vary for you based on your chosen hiking path. Eisenhower Park has plenty of hiking options for you and your dog(s). You may want to play it safe and begin with the paved path. You can always move up from there. If you were to walk every trail, you would walk approximately six miles. Well done!
Eisenhower Park is a natural hiking area. Biking, skating and rollerblading are not allowed at this park because the hiking trails are designated for walking and running. Although the blue trail is handicap accessible, the observation tower is not. The park is dog friendly, but dogs should remain on a leash at all times. This is a wildlife area which means you may come across wild hogs, coyotes, bobcats, or mountain lions. Liquor and littering are not allowed at San Antonio parks. There are plenty of trash bins throughout the park. Please throw your trash away and dispose of your pets droppings as well, rather than leaving them on the path.
Things To Do
There are a couple of restrooms within the park. Two portable toilets are located near the parking lot at the entrance. There is also a permanent restroom along the paved blue trail as you approach the observation tower. However, no sinks are available. If you have kids who enjoy playgrounds, there are two near the entrance. One is more traditional with swings and slides. The other is a tiny, but fun rock climbing wall. Neither of the play areas are adequately shaded. No matter which trails you take, make it a point to checkout the observation tower at least once. The view is unlike any other in San Antonio.
Please keep in mind that the natural trails are more difficult in some areas due to elevation changes. Wear appropriate footwear and exercise caution when wet. Some natural areas will be slippery and there is a much greater risk of losing your footing. Keep your dog(s) close as well and do not allow them to pull you forward as you step down. Have you been looking for more things to do in San Antonio with your dog? Checkout Eisenhower Park, cross this one off your list and let us know what trails you used, and what you saw. Enjoy the views and the elements of nature! Your dog(s) sure will. If you prefer more vide open views of nature, checkout Stone Oak Park to the east.
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