What we're about

The San Antonio Nature Hounds is San Antonio’s finest recreational group dedicated to providing a great outdoor experience for both people and dogs. Although, we have, and always will be primarily a group dedicated to activities related to dogs, dog walking, and dog-friendly locations, having a dog is not required to join our group. Living in the beautiful City of San Antonio, and in the Texas Hill Country area, we have a unique opportunity to explore the Great Outdoors with our canine friends, and we take full advantage of this fact. Because we are a large group with dedicated Organizers, we are proud to be able to provide a large number of walking events and other events throughout the City of San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country, daily, often in the mornings and evenings throughout the year. Our ability to provide numerous events to our large membership is one of the keys to our success as a group, and allows our busy but active members to join us frequently throughout each month.

Our events are not exclusively dog walking events. We also enjoy other activities such as camping, kayaking, dog training, rally training, social events, and benefit events which may or may not always be dog-friendly events. Our events usually take place in local City Parks and Greenbelts during the week. Our marquee event each week is our Wednesday Night Walk which is conducted on various places on the now expanded River Walk. We also frequent many of San Antonio’s other major City Parks throughout the week and on the weekends including Brackenridge Park, Hardberger Park, McAllister Park, Eisenhower Park, and OP Schnabel Park, as well as many of the other lesser known City Parks. Additionally, many of our weekday walks, particularly in the summer, are along the newly finished Salado Creek, Medina River and Leon Creek Greenbelts.

Perhaps the most exciting events of the Nature Hounds are our weekend trips to various State Parks. We go to many of Texas’s most spectacular State Parks including Enchanted Rock, Lost Maples, Gardner State Park, Bastrop State Park, Guadalupe River State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Hill Country State Natural Area, and our local Government Canyon State Park as well as others.

We cater to all walking skill levels, to all ages, and to all breeds of dogs. With over 1000 members, and close to 400 events each year, we are sure that we have something for you! If you are looking to improve your health, or improve the health and socialization of your dog, or make some new friends, or perhaps all of the above, come join us, we know you’ll have a great time!

Upcoming events (4)

Evening Stroll on the Museum Reach

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The Pearl Brewery offers us a perfect launching point for this Nature Hound favorite and we'll be taking advantage of the fact that the trails of the museum reach are lit at night.

Starting at 7: 15PM, we'll meet at the entrance of the Riverwalk behind the Full Goods building and journey down to the museum reach of the Riverwalk Expansion Project and soak in the sights and sounds of this beautiful San Antonio landmark.

The paths are lit in the evening, fully paved, and water fountains/restrooms are available along the way. It'll be an out-n-back walk about 1.5 to 2 miles each way.

Parking:
Take advantage of parking at the Kohler Garage in the middle of The Pearl complex or park on the riverside lot of the Full Goods building. There is also parking on the other side of the San Antonio River. The address for this parking lot is: (Pearl Brewery West Parking Lot)

1210 E Elmira St
San Antonio, TX 78212

How to find us:
The Pearl Brewery is on Broadway close to the 281 - 35 intersection downtown. The address is listed on this event page but if you want to Google the address to La Gloria (100 E Grayson St) it will take you directly to the area we meet at. We meet across the yard attached to La Gloria near the stairway access to the Riverwalk. This is BEHIND the Pearl from Broadway.

Hope to see y'all there!

Just a reminder: All leashes must be no longer than 6ft on Nature Hounds walks. No retractable leads please

Come Join the Hounds and Harmonize with Nature at Hardberger Park-Blanco Rd Side

This park is one of the more beautiful parks in San Antonio, and a great place for a dog walk. We encourage you to come out and join one of the largest dog walking groups in America.

Event Summary

Location: The park is located very close to the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Blanco Road in North-Central San Antonio. The dog park is at the southern end of the park. We will meet at the southern end of the dog park.

Activities: Walk and Dog Park

Distance of Walk: 2.0

Temperature: 80s

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Traffic: Low to Moderate

Leash Rules: Please use a six foot or shorter, non-retractable leash and bring plenty of water and poo bags!

Feel free to come early and take the dogs to the Dog Park before the walk. We look forward to seeing you! My phone number is[masked] you need to contact me.

A Friday Night Walk at Eisenhower Park- On National Donut Day

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In honor of our first National Food Day event which was on June 6th, 2011 (National Donut Day), we will be celebrating National Donut Day in
2022 on June 3rd. (National Donut Day is always on the first Friday in June).

This was a very popular event back in 2011, 2012, and 2013 for our group. This is the event as it originally appeared with a couple of updates:

Eisenhower Park is one of San Antonio's favorite hiking parks. It offers trails at various difficulty levels. However, we will stick to the Cedar Flats Trail (a paved trail) on the way up, and the Cedar Flats Trail on the way down.

Our route will be about 1.6 miles and will take us just under an hour to complete. Although some of the route is somewhat steep, it is an easily manageable route for most people and dogs, and we have had great walks here in the past.

In celebration of National Donut Day, I will bring two dozen donuts. Please feel free to bring donuts or water or soft drinks or anything else you wish to bring. Bringing something is not required.

Please come join us for the walk and donuts after the walk is concluded!

Walk Statistics

Distance: 2.2 miles

Time: 1 hour

Temperature: around 89 degrees, with lots of shade, and a low UV index. Even when fairly warm this park is very comfortable especially as the sun is going down.

Conditions: TBA

Walk Difficulty: Moderate

Walk Traffic: Low. No bikes are allowed in this park

Goal: Tower at the end of the Cedar Flats Trail, which provides a great view of San Antonio.

Leash Rules: All dogs should be on a leash. All leashes should be 6 feet or shorter.

Oliver and I look forward to seeing you!

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Blanco Lavender Festival (no dogs)

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Carpool at 9am
Festival at 10am

This free event lasts all weekend. Due to the heat, no dogs are allowed except service dogs. And they recommend putting dog shoes on them due to the hot asphalt.

Partially shaded and stroller friendly, the event takes place around the courthouse. Food, music, and shopping for a variety of items will be on display for purchase. Restrooms are available. Bring a hat, sunglass, water and comfortable walking shoes.

We can carpool over to the farm to save on parking. The farm will also have some events onsite, and lavender to cut and purchase. We can then take the shuttle to Blanco.

Additional information or if you wish to go on your own.
https://www.blancolavenderfest.com/festivalinfo

Carpool Meetup: Meet at 9am
Barnes and Nobles at San Pedro/[masked] Northwest Loop 410 #104, San Antonio, TX 78216
Look to an hour drive from SA to Blanco.

Parking at Hill Country Lavender: $5 per car at farm, with $5 shuttle servce to Blanco.
Address: 8241 FM 165, Blanco TX 78606

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