Joe Johnston Route to Little Windmill Traihead

San Antonio, Texas

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Imagine hiking across a vast limestone formation that is riddled with holes, 40 miles wide, 450 feet thick, and encompassing millions of gallons of fresh water. This virtual sieve of karst, creeks, cliffs, caves and canyons, called the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, occupies a sizable chunk of central Texas’s Edwards Plateau, a unique and bucolic region affectionately known as the Hill Country. The Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone is the key to maintaining a steady supply of uncontaminated drinking water for the city of San Antonio and surrounding area, funneling rainfall into the deep and expansive underground lake called the Edwards Aquifer. Before or after your hike, take the opportunity to admire the eco-friendly architecture comprising the visitor center's complex--the exhibit gallery, pavilion, classrooms, offices, and park store--all designed by Lake/Flato Architects of San Antonio. The visitor center's exhibit gallery provides a comprehensive overview of the region's water crisis and water conservation plan.

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"Imagine hiking across a vast limestone formation that is riddled with holes, 40 miles wide, 450 feet thick, and encompassing millions of gallons of fresh water. This virtual sieve of karst, creeks, cliffs, caves and canyons, called the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, occupies a sizable chunk of central Texas’s Edwards Plateau, a unique and bucolic region affectionately known as the Hill Country. The Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone is the key to maintaining a steady supply of uncontaminated drinking water for the city of San Antonio and surrounding area, funneling rainfall into the deep and expansive underground lake called the Edwards Aquifer.

Before or after your hike, take the opportunity to admire the eco-friendly architecture comprising the visitor center's complex--the exhibit gallery, pavilion, classrooms, offices, and park store--all designed by Lake/Flato Architects of San Antonio. The visitor center's exhibit gallery provides a comprehensive overview of the region's water crisis and water conservation plan."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Antonio
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best in Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,050 feet
Top Elevation: 1,180 feet
Local Contacts: Government Canyon State Natural Area
Local Maps: USGS San Geronimo
Driving Directions: Directions to Joe Johnston Route to Little Windmill Traihead

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