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Comanche Lookout Park

One of the highest points in Bexar county offers birdseye views of San Antonio and a four-story stone tower. 


Comanche Lookout Park, the fourth-highest point in Bexar county offers sweeping vista views of the area. The park underwent a massive improvement project in the early 2000s, when it received walking paths, fountains, and other amenities that make it a great place for exercise.You can see for miles from the top of the hill. The Indigenous people of this area likely made use of this hilltop as a strategic vantage point. A number of tribes have inhabited this area, including the Apache and Comanche peoples, who once hunted along waterways like the nearby Cibolo Creek. The hill eventually became a prominent landmark for travelers in the 18th and 19th centuries. The old Spanish road, which followed travel routes established by Native Americans from San Antonio to East Texas extended past the base of the hill. Today its remnants are known as Nacogdoches Road.

While walking the pathways and viewing the countryside from atop, you get an idea of what it might have been like to live in this area before it was developed and turned into a city. It’s a well-preserved piece of land, surrounded by modern development. As for the tower at the top of the hill, while not a historic structure and built in the 1940s, it still carries its own stories and lore.

Know Before You Go

Locals tell of lights inside the tower at night. (the park does have a curfew) and closes at 11 p.m. The tower is not open to the public and is fenced off.

The park is mostly handicap accessible, but has very steep inclines in certain areas.

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