Hillview Trail is aptly named for the furtastic views of the Texas hills near San Antonio. Located in Eisenhower Park, the trailhead is beside the park entrance at Park Road 20, and it circles the entire park. One of 4 connecting trails within the park, this loop features a natural surface that ambles along on flat rock, as well as up hills of steep rocks and man-made rock and wood stairs. Covered by a canopy of thick trees, shade is plentiful on the trail, and the trees make great perches for the many species of birds here. Glades of eucalyptus trees scent the air with their distinctive fragrance.
A furvorite stopping point for hikers is the wooden observation tower at the trail's highest elevation that affords barktiful views of the surrounding hills and San Antonio. The tower is a pawrfect spot to rest, furhaps to enjoy a snack or lunch before completing the loop back to the trailhead. It's especially lovely at sunset when everything turns copper and gold!
A helpful feature of this trail as it meanders through the park is the signage that not only provides opportunities for interpretive nature observation, but also difficulty markers that give you and Fido an idea of what challenges may lie ahead. Abundant wildlife make the park their home, including raccoons and skunks, armadillos, and whitetail deer. Your best chance of seeing them in safey is if you stay on the trail with your pup firmly leashed beside you. Scores of butterflies dance among the plentiful wildflowers and eucalyptus branches. Once you're finished with your hike and are back near the park entrance, consider a meal at one of the picnic areas, or even an overnight stay at the nearby campground!
This trail is accessible year-round and provides hikers of all skill levels a chance to see Eisenhower Park from every angle. You may run into the occasional trail runner, so be sure to stay to one side to avoid a mishap. Furbulous!