Friedrich Wilderness Park


Emilie and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park features 600 acres of undeveloped Hill Country terrain, with over 10 miles of paved and unpaved trails. Trails are graded at varying difficulties, including wheelchair accessible segments. The park is home to two federally-listed endangered songbirds—the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo. In order to protect Friedrich Wilderness’ trails and ecosystem, dogs and bicycles are not permitted. We appreciate your support in keeping the wilderness a pristine natural area.

“I am particularly interested in seeing that insofar as possible, the natural vegetation and native trees and shrubs be protected, and that the native birds and wildlife be protected and encouraged to use the park as a sanctuary.” – Norma Friedrich Ward

Location and Hours


21395 Milsa 78256

Sunday-Saturday: sunrise – sunset


The trails of Friedrich Wilderness Park offer a wide range of hiking experiences and levels of challenge from Level One handicap accessible to Level Four difficulty.



Forest Range Trail:

An easy series of three short paved loops for 1/8 of a mile of touring through woodlands and grasslands. This entire trail complex is Level One Access.


Main Loop Trail:

About 1.7 miles of trails through diverse habitats, climbing 350 feet in elevation to the tops of the hills. Most of the original trails are accessed from the Main Loop. Lower portions are relatively level and rated Level Three Access. The ascents of the hill are steep and rated Level Four Access.


Water Trail:

1/3 mile of easy, but somewhat rough trail, highlighted by one of the oldest working windmills in Bexar County, an intermittent creek and large, wet season spring. The north leg to the windmill is rated Level Three Access. The remainder of the trail is rated Level Four Access.


Juniper Barrens Trail:

About 3/4 of a mile of easy trail through scrubby woodlands dominated by juniper with small pockets of grasslands. The upper portion is level and rated Level Three Access. The lower portion is rolling, with short rock ledges and rated Level Four Access.


Vista Loop Trail:

One mile of easy to rugged trail beginning at the top of the hill, dropping 200 feet to a north facing system of canyons and climbing back to the top of the hill. Much of the trail follows narrow rock ledges along the edges of the canyons. This trail passes through deciduous woodlands dominated by Lacey Oak with Spanish Oak, cherry and walnut also present. This trail is rated Level Four Access.


Upland Range Trail:

A short, 1/10 mile, level trail connecting the Main Loop with the Vista Loop. This trail passes through a nice stand of Texas persimmons and cedar elms. Rated Level Four Access.


Fern Del Trail:

About 1/10th of a mile of rugged, yet delicate trail starting at the bottom of a north facing canyon, climbing about 200 feet to near the top of the canyon and back down. The same environments and trail conditions as on the Vista Loop Trail are found here. This trail is rated Level Four Access.

More Information
Pets, alcohol, bikes, and loud music are not allowed.  

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