I can’t express how happy I was to find out I was selected to be a Girls Who Hike Ambassador – Texas for 2019. I did a lot of urban hiking when I was in the Navy and couldn’t wait to introduce those types of hikes to GWH-TX members. I connected with San Antonio River Authority for a tour of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park where we learned about the history, concept, development, implementation, and purpose of the park. You can download the San Pedro Creek Culture Park Mobile App for plenty of information about the park, including events and self-guided tours.
We also learned from Public Art Curator, Carrie Brown, about how local artists were included in the design. San Antonio really embraces its local art scene and her position was specially created to ensure San Antonio’s artists were properly represented. At the end of our tour, we were shown kiosks that let us take selfies and charge our phones if necessary. More about that in another post, though. Afterward, we ventured down to the Riverwalk from Houston Street right next to a restaurant called Acenar. They have excellent Happy Hour specials if you’re in the mood or are ready to take a break. Acenar also has a lovely view of the Riverwalk. We entered the Riverwalk across the river from Acenar and paused to admire the mural by Los Otros at Home2 Suites by Hilton.
From there, we walked up the steps to Main Plaza to visit the San Fernando Cathedral where the remains of those who fought at the Alamo have been laid to rest. We continued up Dolorosa Street to visit O’Henry House. Most friends I have taken to the O’Henry House are shocked to see this little gem in such an urban setting.
A little further up, you can stroll through popular Historic Market Square where there are plenty of places to shop and dine. There’s always a lot going on at the square, so everyone can be entertained. From there, you can walk through Milam Park. Milam Park has a nice playground which is useful if adults need to rest and kids have energy left to burn. After Milam Park you can head over to Columbus Park and back to San Pedro Creek Culture Park.
This hike is around two miles long and a great way to see some really great parts of the city, even if you only have a limited amount of time. Below is a map of the route we took. If you get the chance to try it out, please let me know your thoughts in the comments! Click on the link if you’d like to learn more about Girls Who Hike – Texas!