Summary: This park is sandwiched between 1604 and Camp Bullis. It is a rocky trail with a few steep uphill and downhill parts. It is surprisingly uncrowded for a park near a large metropolitan area. Your hike on this trail will take you thru some forest as well as open areas. It does have some nice views from on top of the hill and if you detour to the observation tower you can see for miles. If you are look for peace and serenity this park is not for you. While hiking here I have heard continuous gunfire from the military base, traffic and construction from 1604, low flying planes on approach to the San Antonio Airport and the sound of heavy machinery from the quarry next door. If you are looking for a nearby hike that will let you get out and back home quickly then this may be your answer.
Trailhead: After parking look for the kids park and find the info center with the maps etc. All trails begin right past the info center on the sidewalk. If youy look for the signs you should have no problems finding the Hillview trail. This park is very well marked with directional signs. (Lat:29.6207763693837 Lon:-98.5751110535607)
Trail Guides for Eisenhower Park Hillview Trail:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: San Antonio Parks and Recreation 210-698-1057
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Reid, who has posted 9 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by BH on 6/1/2012
Great hike for any level. There's only a couple of really steep parts that are tough when jogging. 80% of the surface is natural/gravel...the rest is paved.
Reviewed by Susie! on 1/6/2012
Lovely 72 degree day to hike this trail. Convenient and a good workout. We saw a roadrunner and people with dogs. Hike up to the observation tower for pretty views!
Reviewed by Diana on 6/26/2011
loved this park I even took my kids and they even enjoyed themselves
Reviewed by Adriana on 1/23/2011
Wonderful trail. You can either walk and take it easy or get a good workout by jogging. Good mix of paved and rocky. We actually hit a piece of every trail and did the whole loop in 1.5hrs(walking)with a child. I loved the Red Oak portion. Lots of shady areas and benches along the way if you need to rest. The lookout tower was nice but unfortunately it looks to construction of The Rim:-( Oh well. I still really enjoyed this hike. Not too crowded. We will definitely go back.
Reviewed by N.V. on 9/16/2009
Great Hike! Loved all the different terrains and options. Must see!
Reviewed by Amy on 7/2/2009
I absolutely love this trail! :) You always have an opportunity too, if you get too tired on the Hillview trail to go on one of the paved trails, which I really enjoy. It is a bit difficult at spots but once you do it a few times it's actually quite enjoyable. I go atleast 3 x a week and usually around 4pm when it's super hot, but since it's so shaded and there's so many trees it doesn't feel bad at all. Love it! :)
Reviewed by Al on 4/19/2009
Hiked parts of all the trails at Eisenhower Park except Shady Creek trail today. VERY enjoyable. Trails are so different and a lot of them are shady so they would be comfortable even on a warm day. Some were rocky and steep (but not overly hard) while others were fairly level and covered with wood chips. For the less adventurous there is a wide paved walkway all the way up to the observation tower at the top (folks were using strollers). A real treat was that many of the cactus were in full bloom. Eisenhower Park is a definite do-over!!
Reviewed by Angi on 2/23/2009
The weather was gorgeous and the Hillview trail at Eisenhower was awesome. The only critter I saw was a roadrunner and there were tons of people with dogs.
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