Parks & Facilities

Greenway Trails

Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System

Hiking and biking along the Howard W. Peak Greenway trails is a great way to get fit and enjoy the outdoors. The ever growing network of multi-use  trails wind through natural landscapes along San Antonio creeks. Currently 52.6 miles of developed greenway trails are now open for your riding, walking and running pleasure. San Antonio residents are flocking to the greenways for their beauty, the opportunity for family fun, and for fitness.  

These linear parks consist of approximately 1,400 acres of creek-side open space. 

The Linear Creekway Parks Development Program, which provides sales tax funding for the land purchases and trails development, was approved by voters in 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015. 

Trails are now either built or planned for many of San Antonio’s creeks, including the Salado, Leon, Huebner, Huesta, Culebra, Alazan, Apache, Martinez, San Pedro and the Medina River.


" I love roller skating Leon Creek Greenway while my husband bikes alongside me. The trails are paved and kept in good condition, the animal and plant life is amazingly beautiful and the people we meet out there are super friendly! One day I wanted to see how many people on that trail would give a high five to a stranger. The answer was everybody!"  --Trail enthusiast Celeste Frausto 

"We love Hardberger and Walker (trail) and now almost connected to McAllister and beyond so much that our current home search criteria has living close to the parks as a top priority! Best benefit to living in this beautiful city! " --Trail lover Tina Morgan Flores 

Beginnings:

Former Mayor Peak began formulating the idea of a "ring' of hike and bike trails in flood zones along city-owned creeks while working in the Planning Department and while serving on the Zoning Commission. As a City Councilman representing District 9 from 1993 to 1997, he partnered with Councilman Lyle Larson to purchase the land which began the Salado Creek trail system in Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park.

As mayor from 1997 to 2001, he solidified his vision of hike and bike trails along Leon and Salado Creeks and won citizen support to dedicate one-eighth of a cent of the sales tax to begin development of the trail system in partnership with the Edwards Aquifer Program.

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Trail Closures



Projects Currently Under Construction (5/19/2016):

Project Name Miles Anticipated Completion Date
Huesta Creek (Leon Creek to Hausman Rd.) 1.0 Fall 2016
Leon Creek (Valero Trailhead to I-10) 0.6 Fall 2016
Medina River (Medina River Crossing to Pleasanton Rd.) 3.1 2017
Apache Creek (19th Street to Cassiano Park) 1.0 2018
Alazan Creek (Woodlawn Lake to Lombrano) 0.5 Completed
Apache Creek (Cassiano Park to SA River Confluence) 3.5 Completed
Huebner Creek (Leon Creek to Shadow Mist) 1.2 Completed
Martinez Creek (Fredericksburg Rd. to Cincinnati) 0.6 Completed
Medina River (Pleasanton Rd. to Mattox Park) 3.4 Completed

Culebra - Helotes creek Greenway Trail

The newest portion of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System runs 2.6 miles down Helotes Creek until the confluence of where it meets Culebra Creek and then goes outside 1604 and ties in nicely with the trails in Culebra Creek Park. The trailhead is located across from Burke Elementary at 10104 Terra Oak.

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Huebner Creek Greenway (Crystal Hills Park to Leon Creek Greenway)”

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LEON CREEK GREENWAY North & Central

The Leon Creek Greenway currently offers 19.5 miles of paved, multi-use trails in addition to natural surface trails and park connections.

Leon Creek trail users have the opportunity to experience views of limestone bluffs, wildflower fields, stands of beautiful Cottonwoods and other heritage trees and often see wildlife on quiet mornings and evenings. The paved trails are mostly easy, with steeper slopes at the O.P. Schnabel Park and Leon Vista connection trails. 

The trails also feature connections to O.P. Schnabel Park, Bamberger Nature Park, Cathedral Rock Park, Pearsall Park, Earl Scott Pond, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and numerous adjacent neighborhoods and businesses. A trailhead at VIA’s Ingram Road Transit Center is located at 3215 Northwestern Drive and provides direct bus access for trail users. 

The City of San Antonio is currently planning for the expansion of the Leon Creek Greenway System to include new trails along tributaries including Huesta Creek, Culebra Creek and Huebner Creek. 

Trailheads include way-finding maps and other information and are located throughout the Leon Creek Greenway.

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LEON CREEK SOUTH - LOOP TRAIL AT LEVI STRAUSS PARK

Leon Creek Greenway South, offers  an additional 2.6 miles of trail and easy access to new outdoor fitness stations where you can connect with nature while staying active and fit. This stretch of the Leon Creek Greenway can be accessed from trailheads located at Levi Strauss Park, 6100 Old Hwy. 90 W. and just outside Rodriguez County Park, 2060 Rodriguez Rd. (at the intersection of Arvil Ave. and Keitha Blvd.) This segment provides connections among Wolff Stadium, 5757 Hwy. 90; the Enrique Barrera Fitness Center, 5800 Old Hwy. 90 W.; Levi Strauss Park and Rodriguez County Park. The trail traverses a diverse range of environments and includes scenic overlooks of Leon Creek.

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LEON CREEK SOUTH - PEARSALL PARK
TO NEAR QUINTANA ROAD

This multi-use hike and bike trail traverses 1.5 miles from Pearsall Park to near Quintana Road. It includes a parking lot located at Old Pearsall Road, large hardwood trees, beautiful views of the creek and trailside seating areas.

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MEDINA RIVER (NATURAL AREA TO river crossing)

Greenway

This seven-mile trail stretches east from the Medina River Natural Area, located on State Highway 16, south of Lone Star Pass on the City’s Southside. The Medina River Greenway is a refreshing escape for those seeking the serenity of the great outdoors within a short drive of home. With large Cypress, Oak and Pecan trees along the flowing Medina River, traveling the trail is a peaceful adventure. The terrain is mostly easy, but includes switchbacks with slopes up to 8.3 percent in two locations. Future plans include extending the trail eastward, connecting to Jim Mattox Park by the Mission Del Lago Golf Course and to the San Antonio River trails at Mission Espada. Trailheads including signage and educational information are located at Medina River Natural Area, and Old Applewhite Road just south of the Medina River.

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MEDINA RIVER (Pleasanton Rd to Mattox Park)

Greenway

This seven-mile trail stretches east from the Medina River Natural Area, located on State Highway 16, south of Lone Star Pass on the City’s Southside. The Medina River Greenway is a refreshing escape for those seeking the serenity of the great outdoors within a short drive of home. With large Cypress, Oak and Pecan trees along the flowing Medina River, traveling the trail is a peaceful adventure. The terrain is mostly easy, but includes switchbacks with slopes up to 8.3 percent in two locations. Future plans include extending the trail eastward, connecting to Jim Mattox Park by the Mission Del Lago Golf Course and to the San Antonio River trails at Mission Espada. Trailheads including signage and educational information are located at Medina River Natural Area, and Old Applewhite Road just south of the Medina River.

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  • Phase 4 - Medina River Greenway (Pleasanton Rd to Mattox Park)

Olmos Basin Trail

Olmos Basin Trail

The .9 mile trail runs from Basse Road to Dick Friedrich Street in Olmos Basin Park.

It was completed in April 2015 with $900,000 from the Linear Creekway Parks Development Program funded by voter approved sales tax.

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Salado Creek South (Jack White to Southside ions Park)

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy traversing the 5.6 mile Salado Creek Greenway that begins at Jack White Park and continues south to Covington Park and beyond.

The 10-foot paved, multi-use path winds along shady, heavily wooded areas surrounding the Salado Creek, thick with towering hardwood trees such as Oak, Pecan and Texas Cedar Elm.

The trail passes several locations where the creekway is a perennial stream, serving as home to fish, turtles, waterfowl and other riparian species.

Trailheads are located at:

  • Jack White Park, 3803 Seguin Rd
  • Pletz County Park, 1400 Picardie
  • Willow Springs Golf Course, 202 AT&T Center Parkway
  • Martin Luther King Park, 3503 Martin Luther King
  • The intersection of Rice Road and Brooksdale
  • J- Street Park, 3500 J Street
  • Covington County Park, 2220 Rigsby Avenue.

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Salado Creek (Hardberger Park to McAllister Park)

This segment of greenway features 2.8 miles of multi-use recreational trail made from asphalt and concrete and additional off-shoot natural surface trails.

Hikers enjoy views of Salado Creek and large Pecan and Live Oak trees.

The trailheads for these easy trails are at Loop 410 east of Salado Creek in Robert L.B. Tobin Park and at Ira Lee north of Austin Highway.

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Salado Creek (Huebner Rd. to Blanco Rd. at Hardberger Park)

This segment features a 4 mile segment of multi-use recreational trail with asphalt and concrete surfaces as well as natural surface off-shoot trails.

The scenic route runs between bluffs that run along the east and north sides of the creek and also include Bottomland Hardwood trees.

Parking is available at Walker Ranch Park, 12603 West Ave., Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road, and near the Voelcker Homestead, 1021 Voelcker Lane, within Phil Hardberger Park.

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Salado Creek (McAllister Park to Rittiman Road)

This greenway features four miles of trail among scenic natural landscapes and includes a unique 3,400-foot boardwalk that runs along a Salado Creek wetland area by Nacogdoches Road.

The Morningstar Boardwalk honors Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Morningstar, a native of San Antonio who gave his life for his country. The Boardwalk is decorated with a sign honoring SSG Morningstar and an inlay of red, white and blue ceramic tile topped by a star.

Trailheads are located near the McAllister Dog Park off Starcrest and at the south end of LBJ Park on Nacogdoches Road.

In the future the trail will be linked westward along the new segments of Wurzbach Parkway.

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Westside Creek Greenways

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016