I love to hike and explore the parks and trails near us. We have been wanting to try some since we moved and finally found the time over the weekend. We took the dogs and went to Bonnie Wenk Nature Trail. It was close by and had great rating/reviews.
It is still under some construction but the main path is open as well as the restrooms, playground and dog park. The trail is great because it is wide, paved and clean. This allows plenty of room for people to pass by without disturbing each other. The full trail is 4.5 miles but it is not a loop. We did about 2 miles total with the dogs. When I walk on my own I go much faster and farther but the dogs are little slow and their short legs get tired. They need their exercise too so it was a great time to all be together outdoors and get some exercise.
There is great scenery and large open spaces. The dog park looked well maintained but very busy when we were there. All the facilities were new and still well kept, the playground looked like great fun. (Even for me)
I would definitely recommend this area for families, runners, bikers and walkers/joggers. The path is great for strollers, wheelchairs, young children, dogs and beginners. We will go back for sure.
One of my favorite things to do is hike or walk a new park or nature area on the weekends. If you knew me when I was younger this could be shocking information. lol It has really become a relaxing experience for me and I feel like I am really experiencing so much more of our world. I love seeing how different each area is even being so close together sometimes.
Just around our home there are so many options for hiking and walking. One of the places I really enjoy is Joshua Springs Park & Preserves. It is just a quick drive north and has a dog park, fishing area, picnic area, play area and trails. It is very well kept and is a great place to spend the day or afternoon. I always love to see the water falls or look through the bird watching buildings to see if I can spot any deer.
We tried a new place recently as well, Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area. Also just a quick drive away. It offers many trails to choose from and these are more natural and not paved like many are now. I recommend actual hiking shoes or boots for this location. The Guadalupe River runs right through and you can hike along it or take a canoe or kayak. It is animal friendly and also very well kept. With the hills, and natural trail you really get a great workout here while enjoying the hill country views.
Both of these are free! What a great way to get out, get active, enjoy nature and not have to spend any money. Make sure you take your own water to both.