Parks & Facilities

Trail Safety & Etiquette

While enjoying the beautiful trails and natural surroundings throughout the City, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation department wants to remind you to be safe and share the trails.


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San Antonio offers a myriad of fabulous trails throughout the community for walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, and skating. Not least among these is 47 miles of hike and bike greenway trails along Salado Creek, Leon Creek and Medina River. As more and more San Antonians flock to the trails for fitness and fun, the need has grown to remind trail users to share the trails by following simple etiquette rules so everyone has a great and safe time on the trails:

  • Stay right and pass on left
  • Announce "Passing on the left"
  • Bikes yield to pedestrians
  • Travel at a safe speed
  • Keep an eye on children
  • Keep dogs on a short leash
  • Single file in groups
  • Slow down on curves
  • Keep to the edge when stopping

Play It Safe Trail Safety Tips

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Trail Safety

cyclists on the greenway

Summertime is a great time to embrace the beauty of our natural surroundings here in San Antonio. Step up your fitness routine and enjoy all the benefits of hiking, cycling, running, and walking on trails throughout the San Antonio park system.
The Parks and Recreation Department encourages you to consider the following safety tips as you make your plans for an outing on one of the many beautiful trails in your City parks and on the Howard W. Peak Greenway trails:

  • Utilize the buddy system
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Carry a charged cell phone and proper identification
  • Communicate to friends and family where you're going
  • Remain on the main trails
  • Trust your instincts
  • Take care in acknowledging strangers
  • Dial  911 for an emergency and use mile and quarter-mile markers to identify your location
  • Dial  210.207.SAPD for non-emergencies
  • Carry a sound-making device
  • If listening to music on head phones or earbuds, be aware of your surroundings. Consider using one earbud
  • Wear bright or light colored clothing so you're easily seen
  • Carry water
  • Observe posted rules and park hours
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Leave valuables at home

Feel free to print out our Play It Safe flier and share it with your fellow trail users. Post it on your bulletin board or refrigerator!

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