This 330 acre park between the 410 and 1604 loops makes you realize that there are a ton of trails to explore in San Antonio. With the construction of the land bridge (a bridge over Wurzbach Parkway that has been terraformed to match the surrounding flora and allow the fauna to cross above traffic), the West and East side of the park have been joined to create a huge park with multi-use trails.

Another part of San Antonio history, the park used to be Max and Minnie Voelcker’s dairy farm.

There are actually four parking areas around the park, I like to start from NW Military highway at 8400 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78230:

This is a great park for walking or for a low-key trail run. The park is flat, with the exception of the small hump of the land bridge. The trails are paved or packed dirt. Even the dirt trails are smoother than most dirt roads for cars.

You can easily run just about any distance, either in the park, or via the connecting Salado Creek trail. I ran through mostly shaded canopy, and across the land bridge, for about a 5 mile run:

One of many running routes.

I missed a few cutoffs, so if you are able to navigate it well, you’ll have about a 10k around the park’s full perimeter. Again, the trails are very flat, mostly wide, and well maintained. Most people walk around the park, but I did see two other runners while I was there.

At the East side of the park, you can extend your run onto the Salado Creek Trail, or a side trail to the Voelcker homestead.

The Tree. On the East side of the park, Southwest Corner.

Pro Tips:

  • Lots of parking, your choice of four parking lots
  • Many porta-potties at the parking lots
  • Two dog parks, basketball courts, playgrounds, and more
  • Most people walk, so be a heads-up runner and give them right-of way
  • Go over the land bridge, it is cool! It has an aerial walkway on the East side.
  • Nice trails for a very chill and easy trail run.

Phil Hardberger Park

David Bush

I am a middle of the pack runner that loves getting off the pavement and out on the trails. Got into running mainly for Triathlons, and love finding new places to swim too!

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