60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Antonio and Austin: Including the Hill Country

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Antonio and Austin: Including the Hill Country

by Charlie Llewellin, Johnny Molloy

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It's Time to Take a Hike in San Antonio!

The San Antonio and Austin areas are steeped in history -- San Antonio's Alamo stands as a symbol of Texas' fierce independence, while Austin is recognized as the cradle of Texas statehood. This area is also known for some of the most impressive hiking in the Lone Star State. 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Antonio and Austin, by veteran authors Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy, guides readers to the best trails found in the Texas Hill Country, all within easy reach of these two cities. The guide takes you to secluded, low traffic areas as well as those that are more popular and heavily used. The former LBJ Ranch, the Guadalupe River, the Highland Lakes Chain, and the Lost Pines area are just some of the spectacular places covered.

With this new edition in the best-selling 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles series, all these visually stunning and ruggedly charming routes are at the traveler's fingertips. This handy guide helps San Antonio and Austin natives get back into nature, with many options right in town. Extensive at-a-glance information makes it easy to choose the perfect hike based on length, difficulty, scenery, or on a specific factor such as hikes good for families, runners, or birding. Each trail profile includes maps, directions, driving times, nearby attractions, and other pertinent details.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634040402
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Series: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 340,912
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Charlie Llewellin moved to Austin from the UK in 1991 and became involved in the city's music scene, playing in bands and working for the South by Southwest music festival. Driving to play in other cities exposed him to the state's varied landscapes. He soon took to exploring Texas on his own, from the pine woods to the desert and from the prairies to the coast. In the 2000s, Llewellin worked for Texas Monthly magazine, to which he contributed many outdoors articles. A writer, photographer, and traveler, he now lives in Blanco, from where he continues to wander the Hill Country and beyond. Johnny Molloy is a writer and adventurer based in Johnson City, Tennessee. He has written more than 40 books about the outdoors, including hiking, camping, and paddling guidebooks; comprehensive guidebooks about specific areas; and true outdoor adventure books set throughout the Eastern United States. Molloy writes for various magazines and websites, and he is a columnist and feature writer for his local paper, the Johnson City Press.

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  • LENGTH: 1.7 miles
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate
  • SCENERY: Cedar forest, views
  • EXPOSURE: Mostly open
  • TRAFFIC: Moderate–busy on weekends
  • TRAIL SURFACE: Asphalt, gravel, concrete
  • HIKING TIME: 1.3 hours
  • DRIVING DISTANCE: 16 miles from the Alamo


This hike travels up and around a historic hill in northeast San Antonio. A paved trail ascends to a medieval-looking tower and an overlook with stupendous views of the city.


This cedar-covered hill on the edge of northeast San Antonio has a long history. At 1,034 feet, it’s the fourth-highest peak in Bexar County and overlooks the Cibolo Creek watershed. Apaches and Comanches scouted for game from this point, which later became a prominent landmark for travelers. The section of El Camino Real that led to Bastrop passed along what is now the busy thoroughfare of Nacogdoches Road. Once owned by Republic of Texas President Mirabeau Lamar, the hill in 1923 ended up in the hands of Colonel Edward H. Coppock, a fanciful man who built a compound on the hill. He intended the tower to be part of a castle that was never finished. Developers acquired the property after his death and tore down the compound but left the tower. The property was traded several times during the 1970s and ’80s, but the bust meant that nothing was ever built, and in 1994 the land was saved from bulldozers by the efforts of a private group and transferred to the city for parkland.

The hike leaves the trailhead and follows a paved path up to the lookout, where you can inspect the four-story tower. From here, circle down and around the hill for a rewarding and invigorating hike. If the distance is too short for you, add the Library Loop to your hike. Benches appear at regular intervals along the route.

The concrete Comanche Loop leaves the trailhead and begins a rise through thick juniper laced with mesquite. A path soon leaves to the left. This is your return route. Keep following the trail uphill on asphalt. At 0.2 mile come to an X-junction. Keep forward on the asphalt path to take the Tower Loop. This path becomes concrete, goes around a circle, and passes by the old tower, now fenced in.

Keep along the ridgeline heading south. Live oaks are dotted across the summit, with picnic tables under their shade. A clearing at the south tip of the hilltop affords an excellent and far-reaching vista of greater San Antonio. Walk back along a concrete path, passing the lookout a second time.

Go right on the south section of the Tower Loop that zigzags downhill, returning to the X-junction. Keep straight again, taking a gravel trail that follows the shady downgrade, shortly passing Fox Run Elementary School on your right. Ignore two spur trails coming in from the left, and at 1.1 miles turn right onto Deer Loop, heading toward Rocky Creek Road and the edge of the park. Deer Loop passes through open grassland along the street before curving back into the low-lying but dense cedar and mesquite forest.

Keep forward at 1.4 miles, where Deer Loop comes back to Comanche Loop, and pass both ends of the Library Loop in quick succession at 1.5 miles. Keep curving around the hill through thick cedar. All too soon the path intersects the outward route close to the trailhead to complete the loop. Walk the few steps downhill back to the parking area.


McAllister Park, 7 miles away, has more hiking and biking, a dog park, picnic tables, playgrounds, and athletic fields.


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From Exit 172 on I-35 north of San Antonio, take Loop 1604 west 1.9 miles to Farm to Market Road 2252, Nacogdoches Road. Head west on Nacogdoches Road toward San Antonio 1 mile. The trailhead at Comanche Lookout Park will be on your right.

Table of Contents

Overview Map

Overview Map Key




60 Hikes by Category



  • Barton Creek Greenbelt (East)
  • Homestead Trail at McKinney Falls State Park
  • Inga VanNynatten Memorial Trail at Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt
  • Lady Bird Lake: Boardwalk Loop
  • Lady Bird Lake: West Loop
  • Mayfield Park and Preserve
  • McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Bluffs and Bottoms
  • Onion Creek Trail at McKinney Falls State Park
  • Pace Bend Park
  • Pine Ridge Loop at McKinney Roughs Nature Park
  • River Place Nature Trail
  • Shoal Creek Greenbelt
  • Spicewood Valley Trail
  • Three Falls Hike at Barton Creek Greenbelt
  • Turkey Creek Trail at Emma Long Metropolitan Park
  • Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve


  • Bluffs of the North Fork San Gabriel River
  • Brushy Creek Regional Trail
  • Comanche Bluff Trail
  • Crockett Gardens and Falls at Cedar Breaks Park
  • Dana Peak Park at Stillhouse Hollow Lake
  • Overlook Trail at Lake Georgetown
  • Randy Morrow Trail
  • Rimrock, Shin Oak, and Creek Trails at Doeskin Ranch


  • Bastrop State Park Loop
  • Bastrop State Park: Purple Trail
  • Lockhart State Park Loop
  • Monument Hill History and Nature Walk
  • Palmetto State Park Loop


  • 5.5-Mile Loop at Pedernales Falls State Park
  • Hamilton Pool Preserve Trail
  • Inks Lake State Park
  • Loop and Summit Trails at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
  • Turkey Pass Loop at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
  • Wolf Mountain Trail at Pedernales Falls State Park


  • Bluff Spurs Overlooks
  • Chula Vista Loop
  • Comanche Lookout Loop
  • Crownridge Canyon Natural Area Loop
  • Friedrich Wilderness Park Loop
  • Government Canyon Loop
  • Hillview Natural Trail
  • Leon Creek Greenway
  • McAllister Park Loop
  • Medina River Natural Area Loop
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden Trail
  • San Antonio Mission Trail


  • Bamberger Trail
  • Cibolo Nature Center Hike
  • Dry Comal Nature Trail
  • Guadalupe River State Park Loop
  • Guadalupe River Trail
  • Hightower Trail
  • Hill Country Cougar Canyon Trek
  • Kerrville-Schreiner Park Loop
  • Panther Canyon Nature Trail
  • Purgatory Creek Natural Area: Dante’s and Beatrice Trails
  • Spring Lake Natural Area
  • Twin Peaks Trek
  • Wilderness Trail at Hill Country State Natural Area

Appendix A: Hiking Stores

Appendix B: Hiking Clubs

Appendix C: Where to Find Maps and More


About the Authors

Map Legend

Customer Reviews