My search for San Antonio’s secret reading nook at Bamberger Park

Being an avid hiker now, I’m part of several Facebook hiking groups in San Antonio. Fellow nature lovers share the beauty they see while out on the local trails. So, when I saw someone post about a hidden reading nook at a San Antonio park, I had to take on the challenge.

It was not easy, and I will not tell you where it is, as the thrill of finding it kept me wondering about the nearly endless trails at Bamberger Nature Park on 12401 Babcock Road. Thanks to the adventure, I stumbled across several gems when searching for the reading nook placed in the park by the Warbler Creek Secret Book Club. The club placed the little library in the park in August 2021.

Inside the little library, there are various books in different genres.

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A bridge in one of the trails at Bamberger Nature Park.

A bridge in one of the trails at Bamberger Nature Park.

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When I started my journey more than a month ago, I parked in the small lot offered at Bamberger Nature Park, believing my scouting skills would somehow come to the surface and I’d find the reading nook easily. I did not. In my first attempt, I jogged about four miles before giving up that day. It was not all lost. I found a beautiful bridge overlooking a dry creek, but no area where I could grab a book and read on a nice hammock.

You see, Bamberger Nature Park may seem small at first glance. However, the 70-acre park connects to the Leon Creek Greenway system, which is part of the city-wide 82-mile Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System. It has several different pathways that lead to dirt and paved trails.

Bamberger Nature park is about 70-acres with trails connecting to the Leon Creek Greenway.

Bamberger Nature park is about 70-acres with trails connecting to the Leon Creek Greenway.

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The Leon Creek Greenway North (7.7 miles) is the longest trail at the park, while the shortest is the Babcock Connector Trail at 0.2 miles.

J. David Bamberg donated the tree-filled natural area at no cost to the city for an expressed designation to be called a nature park. Former San Antonio Mayor Howard W. Peak signed the ordinance on December 18, 1997, according to the city’s parks and recreation department.

On my second visit weeks later, I visited the same path I trekked the previous time but went further in hopes of something I missed in my previous route. However, I only passed abandoned cars, shady trees, and lots of litter among the trails. By then, I already walked about seven miles in the park.

One of the benches had cat art from someone who visited the park.

One of the benches had cat art from someone who visited the park.

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In the park, I found a bridge with a bench that had a bunch of graffiti on it.

In the park, I found a bridge with a bench that had a bunch of graffiti on it.

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Some birdy in my hiking groups must have told the organizer at Warbler Creek Secret Book Club about my endeavors because someone from its Instagram page reached out to me and offered me a hint. If it was not for that hint, I do not think I would have found the reading nook on my third visit. Along the route, I also stumbled upon a nice bench with a heavy amount of graffiti overlooking the creek.

My friend and I walked about two miles before we found the cute reading nook hidden in the middle of the park. It was a great sense of accomplishment, even if I had help from the book club. When I walked up, I found two red chairs, the little library, and a hammock.

Nope, it does not come with a McDonald's coffee.  That's mine.  I, of course, threw it away in a trash can after taking this picture.

Nope, it does not come with a McDonald’s coffee. That’s mine. I, of course, threw it away in a trash can after taking this picture.

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I grabbed a book and enjoyed the hammock provided at the reading nook.

I grabbed a book and enjoyed the hammock provided at the reading nook.

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Inside the library, there were several books in all genres, including children’s books. I also found hand sanitizer, bandages, and a guests list. After reading the sign-in list, I’m glad I was not the only one who traveled miles and miles searching for the gem.

While I will not give a hint (sorry, I can not give it away), I know you nature lovers will have just as much fun as I did when trying to find all these gems inside Bamberger. Happy hiking.






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