Driving between Austin and San Antonio we needed something to break up the day a little and chose to do a hike in the afternoon. Government Canyon looked interesting and the family was up for a small stop. For some reason no matter what our plan is hiking always takes us longer in Texas. This was no exception….
Government Canyon has over 40 miles of hiking trails according to their website, this place is huge! They offer camping and we would like to try staying there in the future. Camp sites are only $18. Over the Christmas holiday the park is open more days than the usual weekends. We hiked on a Tuesday and still encountered a dozen people over our trek. The cost to use the park is $6 an adult. Kids under 12 are free.
IF it has been raining the trails will be closed. I would not want to be stuck out hiking in a heavy rain event, you could visibly see where deep flooding has occurred. So please check the Facebook page before heading out. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Government-Canyon-State-Natural-Area-Texas-Parks-and-Wildlife/305329736542
We parked and paid at the nature center with ample bathrooms. Those are the only bathrooms we saw so I would recommend you use them before setting out on your hike. Going in I knew it was 3 miles one way to our destination. No big deal!
But this was much more hiking than walking. The trail is very uneven and rock covered in several areas. I was too busy looking at my footing to take many pictures.
There were cute little signs like IF you do not have water at this point turn back. And part mile markers either direction to remind you how far you really did not walk the last fifteen minutes.
The rattlesnake sign was at the almost halfway point.