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 (5+)

Madrone Trail at Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake Marina

There's an awesome trail system at Canyon Lake Park that runs right next to the marina. Although the park itself is still closed for the season, the Madrone Trail is open and accessible. The trails total 7 miles long but feature several 'loops' that have exit points back to the parking. We'll shoot for a 3-mile hike depending on the weather and attendance. But you're free to shorten if you prefer. The trails are rugged but fairly level. Appropriate shoes and plenty of water are a must. It'll be warm enough to hang around after and splash around in the lake if you'd like. We'll most likely have lunch at the Marina afterward for those who would like to join! You can check out the menu HERE (http://www.bajabbqshack.com/). As with all Nature Hound events, only leashes 6ft or less allowed. Absolutely NO flexi-leads. Links: • See pics from our last visit. (http://www.meetup.com/sanaturehounds-com/photos/20416622/338423652/) And also HERE (https://www.meetup.com/sanaturehounds-com/photos/26764361/). • Park Map. (http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/canyon/Maps/Madrone_Map2011.pdf) PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS TO GET THERE: Canyon Park is located on the North shore of Canyon Lake near Hancock. • From IH 35N, take the exit for FM 306, a short ways after New Braunfels. • Turn LEFT on FM 306. If you're coming in from 281, go right. • Go 20 Miles, turn left on Canyon Park Road (or Right if you're coming from 281) For reference points, there is a blinking traffic light with Hancock Plaza shopping center located directly across 306 from Canyon Park Road. Once you turn in, travel towards the marina and look for the trail and parking on the right side of the road.

Work Out With Your Dog

Phil Hardberger Park

Get in a total-body workout while having a blast with your dog! We incorporate strength, cardio, and agility, along with basic training and lots of fun for your dog. Appropriate for all fitness levels - both human and canine. The highlight is our Down & Dirty Obstacle Course that you complete with your dog! We meet on the east side of Phil Hardberger Park off of Blanco Rd in the center of the island by the picnic tables. (You'll see it as soon as you pull in). Your first class is only $5!

San Pedro Springs Sunday

800 W Ashby Pl

Join us Sunday morning for an easy, unique, and paved walk launching from San Pedro Springs Park! We'll start with a walk around the small park and huge pool, then head into the nearby Beacon Hill and Monte Vista neighborhoods. It's across the street from SAC. Meet us in the parking lot for the SAN PEDRO PLAYHOUSE which is at the address below. We'll launch from there. The park is square and doesn't have an official parking lot, besides street parking. Park Here - 800 W Ashby Pl, San Antonio, TX 78212 Hope to see you there!

Nature Hounds Walk at the Shops at La Cantera

Buddy V's Ristorante

The Shops at La Cantera finally allows dogs, and it is time for the Nature Hounds to pay it a visit! Please meet us in front of Bobby V's Ristorante, for an evening of fun at the city's finest shopping venue! Distance: 1.5 miles Time: 45 minutes Rules: 1. Make sure your dog/dogs on a leash which is no longer than six feets. 2. Please pick up after your dog. Hope to see everyone there!

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Nature Hounds Walk at the Shops at La Cantera

Buddy V's Ristorante

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