Lorence Creek runs underneath Henderson Pass into McAllister Park, from the US-281 area in San Antonio. No hiking trail along the creek exists. A path to McAllister Park from Lorence Creek Park would be a nice addition. It would provide more dog friendly things to do in San Antonio.
How to Get to Lorence Creek Park
The Lorence Creek Park entrance is located off Henderson Pass. Upon our arrival on Friday morning at 9am the gate had yet to be unlocked. Consequently, we had to park on a street in a nearby subdivision and walk into the park. Lorence Creek Park is supposedly open from 7am to 10pm.
Lorence Creek Park Amenities
Surprisingly, there are no amenities to list here. There isn’t even a parking lot. There is approximately three acres of fairly open space away from the creek.
However, the map reveals a small area in which to hike across Henderson Pass. We visited this place known as Lorence Creek Preserve. We followed the creek, but you can access it by taking Shadow Cliff to Eagle Grove. This park has a few exercise stations and a very short nature trail. The trail gave us the feeling we were walking in someone’s backyard.
Where’s the Parking?
Lorence Creek Park may be a dog friendly area, but there is not a lot to see here. The park has a gate, an old road, but no place to park. A few parking spaces and an unlocked gate are essential for public access. A portable toilet may also be needed. There are no restrooms nearby, unless you live in the nearby subdivision.
The park is surrounded by chainlink fence. There is no access to the creek unless you bypass the fence. There are houses on one side of the park opposite the creek where we saw one lone chicken. The chicken had the option of a quick escape, but did not seem to be interested in wandering. On the other side of the creek we could hear the horses at Turkey Creek Stables.
The Gate Needs to Be Open
There are two garbage cans at the gate but nothing else resembling a city park. The park appeared to be about three acres with plenty of shade. If you venture beyond the fence it’s possible to go under the Henderson Pass bridge and along the creek.
It’s possible for people to easily get around the fence in some areas. Other areas of the fence remain padlocked. To me this implies that the city does not want the public to leave the contained area. At the same time, the contained area has not been well maintained. Either update the fence, or remove it and add a couple useful amenities.
Things to Do at Lorence Creek
Lorence Creek Park appears to be more of a campground, or space for private gatherings. Although I’m not sure too many people would camp in-between a set of houses and a horse ranch, next to a well trafficked street.
We saw several deer in the park but they quickly ran away from us unlike those at McAllister Park nearby. This park could serve as a great place to play with your dog, but keep in mind there are wild animals present. Also it is possible to get into neighboring backyards, as well as beyond the park fence.
A hike along the creek is probably nice, although the fence implies a restriction. A hiking trail in either direction from Henderson Pass would be a nice addition. Currently, it’s a fairly open area, and can be used to get some exercise with your dog.
The location is good and it has a pleasant atmosphere. However, Lorence Creek Park needs some updates to be more attractive to the community. Otherwise, the park may remain unnoticed. Blossom Park is a much nicer community park nearby. Of course, there are also several other parks for hiking in San Antonio which are nearby. We consistently visit Mud Creek Park, McAllister Park and Walker Ranch.
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