Summary: * Old Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), soon US Army
* AMEDD Museum
* Combat Medic Memorial statue
* 1910 first flight marker for Lt. Benjamin Foulois
* National Historic Landmark marker
* 1909 Gift Chapel
* 1876 Quadrangle--gift shop, deer, peacocks, & watchtower that appeared in first Academy Award (silent) film "Wings"
* Armor display, parade ground, & officers row
* 1917 home of General John "Blackjack" Pershing
* Fort Sam Houston Museum
* 1941 home of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
* 1916 Camp Wilson marker
Since 9/11, access to the post & traffic thru the post has been limited, which helps make this an even more peaceful & scenic hike. Be sure to visit the two museums & get your volksmarch "start card" punched. The exhibits are extensive & comprehensive. There is water & restrooms, & at the Fort Museum, a film.
Trailhead: On IH-35 E in SA, exit N. WALTERS ST. between mile markers 159-160; north on N. Walters 0.4 mile to the WALTERS ST GATE. On 410 E, exit Harry Wurzbach, south to gate. (Access to Ft. Sam controlled thru all gates. Those with DOD vehicle regis decal & DOD ID card enter any gate. All others must access Post only thru the Walters St or Harry Wurzbach gates & display picture ID [such as drivers license] for age 16+ & all passengers in vehicle. Have vehicle regis sticker & vehicle license up-to-date & proof of vehicle insurance.) Tell Security you are going to Building 592 (Billeting) to do the "volksmarch". From WALTERS, take 7TH ST. Left on WILSON ST. Right (north) on SCOTT RD. Left on SCHOFIELD RD. Right on DICKMAN RD & continue to BLDG 592--on your left past OLD AUSTIN RD. [WURZBACH becomes OLD AUSTIN; right on DICKMAN.] Enter BLDG 592. Ask for "walk box" or say you're there to do "the walk". Instructions & maps in box. Fee required. http://www.walktx.org/Wanderers.html (Lat:29.44475 Lon:-98.4502)
Trail Guides for Fort Sam Houston Hike Loop:
AMEDD Museum Gift Shop
by Ann Keil & Comsite Intl (AMEDD Museum Foundation)
Fort Sam Houston Museum
by MuseumsUSA.com (Multimedia Technologies International Inc.)
Fort Sam Houston--The Handbook of Texas Online
by Art Leatherwood (The University of Texas at Austin)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Fort Sam Houston Military Police, 210-221-2222
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Frank Chappell, who has posted 11 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by JAC on 7/30/2005
A very pleasant walk focused on Fort Sam's history. Don't expect a nature trail or high mounains to climb.
Reviewed by par on 3/31/2005
I have completed this hike several times, and always find something new. I enjoy history, and history along this trail is uniquely preserved. It isn't often that one can see so many preserved buildings and spaces in such a compact area. Museums are also great!
Reviewed by Jayce on 3/30/2005
Wow, after reading another review, I thought this would be fun...Dull! Nothing but military bldgs., and absolutely no one knows anything about the route, and you are constantly challenged by security on the Army base. Least favorite hike I have EVER taken!
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