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First Day Hike - Hike through History

9:00a to 10:00a
Sun, January 01, 2023
Emily Byrd
(361) 645-3405

Celebrate over 300 years of history as you take a walk through a timeline of Mission Espiritu Santo and Goliad State Park! (Self-guided option available all day)

State Parks Centennial logoCelebrate the 100th year of Texas State Parks and over 300 years of history at Goliad State Park and Historic Site! With a perfect blend of history and nature, learn how this area and Mission Espiritu Santo helped make Texas what it is today while strolling alongside the San Antonio River through beautiful forest. Timeline tidbits along the way will tell the story of the site.

The guided hike will give you a chance to ask questions and dig deeper into the history, while the self-guided hike will allow you to walk the trail at your own pace and soak in the peaceful atmosphere.

The 1.5-mile route will begin in the picnic area at the San Antonio River Trail, continuing to the Longhorn camping loop, past a restroom to the Angel of Goliad Hike and Bike Trail, then to the mission grounds and the Aranama Nature Trail before ending back in the picnic area.

WHEN: The guided hike will begin at 9am. The timeline tidbits will remain up all day for self-guided hikers.

WHERE: Hike begins in the picnic area at the head of the San Antonio River Trail and ends back in the picnic area.

HOW MUCH: This event is free with paid park entrance ($4 per person, free for kids 12 & under and Texas State Parks Pass holders). 


There are four sets of stairs (two up, two down) on the Aranama Nature Trail. There is also a steep, paved hill to walk up when exiting the San Antonio River Trail at the Longhorn camping loop.