Hidden gem

Riff Raff has not uploaded any photos with this log entry.
User: Riff Raff - 6/4/2006

Location: Mayfield Park

Rating: 4point5stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 1.00 Mile  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: I have a feeling that most people (including myself, previously) just pass right by the Mayfield Preserve on their way to Mount Bonnell and never really notice it. But it's an absolutely lovely area. You're greeted first thing in the parking lot by a number of peacocks. One of the males was actually in full display of his tail fan, even. Then once you get on the trails it's just a terrific place for meandering. There are lots and lots of trails, so just start walking and don't worry too much about what direction you're going in. The whole park is 22 acres, so you can't get very lost no matter what you do. I was very surprised by where some of the trails went, over ridges and other such that required some scrambling on all fours but were apparently "official" trails with occasional steps and such added in. Great place to just wander around at your leisure. I accidentally ran into the back of Laguna Gloria Art Museum also, while I was out.

Recommended Item
Recommended Item 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Antonio and Austin: Including the Hill Country
Charlie Llewellin, Johnny Molloy
List Price: $18.95 Your price: $14.74 Buy Now
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 Gaudalupe 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.