Lorence Creek runs from McAllister Park, under Henderson Pass and over to 281 in San Antonio. No hiking trail along the creek exists. A path to and from McAllister Park would be a nice addition and would provide more dog friendly things to do in San Antonio.
The Lorence Creek Park entrance is located off Henderson Pass. Upon our arrival on Friday morning at 9am the stop 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.
- Dog friendly
- Well shaded
- About 3 acres of space
Where’s The Parking?
Lorence Creek Park is a very dog friendly area but there is not a lot to see here. Upon entering the park I noticed that there was no parking lot even though it had a gate. 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 moving. On the other side of the creek we could hear the horses at the local horse riding establishment.
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 fenced in area it’s possible to go under the Henderson Pass bridge and along the creek, but we did not do so.
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?
Lorence Creek Park appears to be more of a camping ground, 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 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(s), but keep in mind that there are wild animals present and 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 to get some exercise with the dog(s). The location is good and it has a pleasing atmosphere. However, Lorence Creek Park needs some updates to be more attractive to the community. Otherwise, the park may remain unnoticed.
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