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+)

A Tuesday Evening Walk at OP Schnabel Park

OP Schnabel Park

O.P Schnabel Park is one of San Antonio's most popular City Parks. I will be devising about a 2 mile walk through the park. For the most part we will be avoiding the Leon Creek Greenbelt which is at the eastern boundary of the park.

Walk Summary:

Distance: 2 miles

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Location: The park is located at the intersection of Braun and Bandera on San Antonio's Northwest Side.

Meeting Location: We will meet in front of the large pavilion at the back of the main parking.

Additional Information: Please bring a six foot or shorter leash, water, and perhaps a flashlight and insect repellant. We would love for you and your guests to come. Please RSVP yourself and everyone that you are bringing by including them as guests. If there is a particular reason that you do not want to RSVP, but want to come, please let me know. Nature Hound shirts will be available for purchase at this event. My phone number is (972)[masked] if you need to contact me.

Oliver and I look forward to seeing you!

Hike at Walker Ranch

Walker Ranch Park

Join the nature hounds as we take an easy walk around the paved track of walker Ranch and also explore some of the Salado creek Greenway. We will walk between 2 and 4 miles depending on the group. please bring poo bags and adequate water.

McAllister Park

Location visible to members

Join the Nature Hounds for a walk along a paved, mostly shaded trail of one of the best parks in the city. Planning for a 2-3 mile, moderate pace walk depending on who attends and of course the heat/humidity.

Let's meet at Al Becken Pavilion which you can find by entering through the main entrance on Jones Maltsberger. Proceed to the first stop sign and at a three-way stop, turn right. Go strait and you will see the Pavilion, Restrooms and Parking coming up on the left side.

Bring plenty of water for yourself and your dogs, poo bags, and only non-retractable leashes 6 feet or shorter, please.

Lunch: TBD

A Friday Night Walk at Eisenhower Park on National Donut Day!

Eisenhower Park

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. At the top of the trail is the famous tower which provides a great panoramic view of the City of San Antonio.

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.

After the walk we will have A National Donut Day Celebration! (Please provide what you would like to bring in the comments section of this event).

1. Doughnuts
2. Donuts
3. Pastries
4. Chips and Dips
5. Vegetable/Cheese Sticks
6. Other Desserts
7. Water/Soft Drinks
8. Utensils/ Napkin/Cups, etc.
9. Anything else that you would like to bring.
10. Dog Treats

Bringing something is not required.

Walk Statistics

Distance: 1.6 miles

Time: 45 minutes

Temperature: around 75 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.

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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