Joe Johnston Route to Little Windmill Traihead

San Antonio, Texas 78254

Joe Johnston Route to Little Windmill Traihead

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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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Trail Information

San Antonio
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Best in Fall
1,050 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,180 feet
Top Elevation
Government Canyon State Natural Area
Local Contacts
USGS San Geronimo
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