Headwaters at Incarnate Word
4503 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

Headwaters at Incarnate Word is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 2006. Guests are welcome to enjoy the natural beauty of the Sanctuary while respecting established guideline and restrictions. The Sanctuary is open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. Parking near the Sanctuary entrance is courtesy of the University of the Incarnate Word; please respect their parking restrictions.

Sanctuary Conduct


  • No biking or motorized vehicles
  • No camping or picnicking
  • No campfires or barbecuing
  • No swimming or wading
  • No removal of plants or wildlife
  • No smoking, firearms, or littering

You are welcome to:

  • Observe and study nature
  • Walk and run the trails
  • Take photographs
  • Meditate
  • Bring dogs on leashes. Pet waste bags are available at the Sanctuary entrance.


Your safety is our concern, but it is your responsibility. Users of Headwaters Sanctuary assume all liability.
The Sanctuary is a home for wildlife. We people are visitors here. Leave only footprints to preserve the habitat.

Trail Map

Trail Map


Access to the Sanctuary is shown off the Highway 281 access road just north of Hildebrand. Heading north on the Highway 281 access road, turn right into Incarnate Word. Turn left at the first stop sign. Follow the road. Go straight at the second stop sign, then keep left. You will pass the University baseball fields on your right. Look left, and you will see a "Welcome to the Headwaters Sanctuary" banner on our tool shed.

You can also enter University property along Hildebrand, drive around the UIW athletic complex, and reach the trailhead (marked in blue on the map).


On Fridays through Sundays, parking spots are usually readily available and no parking permit is needed. However, on Mondays through Thursdays before 7p.m. during the school year (August-May), a parking permit is required. You may request a parking permit or pass by contacting our office: (210) 828-2224 ext 232 or email. A permit does not guarantee a spot! If you visit on your own time without a permit, please know you are most welcome - but you are also responsible for any parking tickets, therefore, please contact our office.

Directions to Headwaters Sanctuary Trailhead

Directions to Headwaters Sanctuary Trailhead