Little Windmill

Government Canyon State Natural Area, Texas

Elevation Gain61ft
Trailhead Elevation1,180ft
Elevation Min/Max1170/1196ft
Elevation Start/End1180/1180ft

Little Windmill

Little Windmill is a hiking trail in San Antonio, Texas. It is within Government Canyon State Natural Area. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,180 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 61 feet. The Future Camp Site camp site and the Little Windmill attraction can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Black Hills Loop, Sendero Balcones and Joe Johnston Route.

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas (The Mountaineers Books)
E. Dan Klepper
"The Little Windmill Trail is a brief, moderately flat respite above Government Canyon just off the Joe Johnston Route. Native junipers and tiny open meadows abound in this part of the state natural area, and a hike here offers relative seclusion in endangered golden-cheeked warbler territory. Water is the thread that links all the characteristics of Government Canyon together, whether captured bubbling from the ground or pumped to the surface by windmills. Ranchers often drilled wells and constructed windmills along high points such as this in order to catch the wind naturally, and also to utilize gravity to fill watering troughs throughout the lower regions of the range. From the trail you’ll get an up-close and personal look at an Aeromotor windmill’s tailfin, complete with shotgun pellet holes, propped up against the trunk of a mammoth live oak tree halfway down the trail."
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