Parks & Facilities

Greenway Trails

Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System

The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System (Greenway) is a growing network of approximately 80 miles of developed multi-use and accessible trails. The Greenway trails wind through natural landscapes along many of San Antonio’s waterways including:

Salado Creek

Leon Creek

Medina River

Westside Creeks (Apache, Alazan, Martinez, San Pedro, and Zarzamora)

and Tributary Creeks (Such as Huesta Creek and Culebra Creek)

 

Hiking and biking along the Greenway trails are great ways to get fit and enjoy the outdoors. There are over 50 major trailheads and neighborhood connections to access the trail system around the city. The four major segments of the Greenway are the Leon Creek Greenway, the Salado Creek Greenway, the Westside Creeks and the Medina River Greenway each offering several miles of uninterrupted trails. In addition, the Greenway trails connect dozens of local parks and consist of approximately 1,500 acres of creek-side open space and natural areas.

The idea to build the Greenways was spearheaded by former Mayor Howard W. Peak.  His dream was to build a "ring” of hike and bike trails along creeks around the City of San Antonio. This idea quickly became a shared vision among city leaders.

Funding for the Greenways was first approved by voters in 2000, followed by three subsequent elections, to use 1/8 cent from local sales tax revenue to develop the trails. Current funding is being used to expand the trail system and to enhance the existing trails.

"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 

Greenway Map

Leon Creek Greenway Map

Medina River Greenway Map 

Salado Creek Greenway Map

Westside Creek Greenway Map

Trail Closures

 

The Trail Design Strategy (TDS) will enhance the general design standards of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System. The TDS establishes design principles, criteria for application, and enhanced features, which combine city-wide branded elements with other features entitled to reflect the unique character of the neighborhood in which they will be placed. 

01-Executive Summary
02-Stakeholder Engagement
03-Site Analysis
04-Trail Design Vision
05-Trail Interventions
6.1-Design Tool kits - Furnishing Families
6.2-Design Tool kits - Hardscape
6.3-Design Tool kits - Low Impact Development
6.4-Design Tool kits - Others
07-Master Matrix
----Full Document

 


Projects Currently Under Construction (6/19/2019): 
Project Name Miles Anticipated Completion Year
Salado Trailhead at E. Commerce Street    2020
Salado (Loop 1604 to Eisenhower Park) 4.0 Phase 1 Completed / Phase 2 Dec 2020
Apache Creek (19th Street to Cassiano Park) 1 2020
Espada Connection (Mattox Park to Mission Espada) 4.1 Completed - HOWEVER, the TxDOT intersection at 281/Flores is unpassable due to construction.
Medina River (Medina River Crossing to Pleasanton Rd.) 3.1 Completed
Mission Reach to Confluence Park Connection 0.25 2020
Zarzamora Creek (Alderete Park to General McMullen)
 1.5  2021
Alazan Creek (Lombrano St. to confluence with Apache Creek)   2.8  2022
Total 16.75 miles

Leon Creek Greenway (North & Central)

The Leon Creek Greenway currently offers 20 miles of paved multi-use trails park connections. Trail users have the opportunity to experience views of limestone bluffs, wildflower fields, stands of beautiful Cottonwoods, and heritage trees. The trails also feature connections to O.P. Schnabel Park, Bamberger Nature Park, Cathedral Rock Park, Pearsall Park, Earl Scott Pond, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), as well as, connections to numerous other parks, neighborhoods and businesses.

The trailhead at VIA’s Ingram Road Transit Center provides direct bus access to the Leon Creek Greenway.

POPULAR TRAILHEADS:

Valero Trailhead
5902 N.W. Loop 1604
San Antonio, TX 78251

Bamberger Park Trailhead
12401 Babcock Road
San Antonio, TX 78249

O.P. Schnabel Park Trailhead
9606 Bandera Road
San Antonio, TX 78240

VIA Transit Center Trailhead
3215 Northwestern Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78238

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LEON CREEK SOUTH - LOOP TRAIL AT LEVI STRAUSS PARK

Leon Creek Greenway South offers 2.6 miles of trail and access to outdoor fitness stations. This stretch of the Leon Creek Greenway can be accessed from the Levi Strauss Trailhead and the Arvil Trailhead (located adjacent to Rodriguez County Park). This segment provides connections to Wolff Stadium, the Enrique Barrera Fitness Center, Levi Strauss Park and Rodriguez County Park. The trail traverses a diverse range of environments and includes scenic overlooks of Leon Creek.

Levi Strauss Trailhead
6100 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78227

Arvil Trailhead 
200 Arvil Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78227

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LEON CREEK SOUTH - PEARSALL PARK
(NEAR QUINTANA RD.)

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.

Pearsall Park Trailhead
4838 Old Pearsall Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78242

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MEdina River greenway System

         

      

The Medina River Greenway stretches seventeen-miles from the Medina River Natural Area to just south of Mission Espada. The trail is mostly easy, but includes switchbacks with steep slopes in four locations. The trail can be accessed from several trailheads listed below.

The Medina River Greenway area is a refreshing escape for those seeking the serenity of the great outdoors within a short drive of San Antonio. The Greenway features large Cypress, Oak and Pecan trees along the flowing Medina River.  The trail also hugs the edge of Cassin Lake and Mitchell Lake, offering views of lush vegetation, wetland habitat, and migratory birds.

Medina River Natural Area Trailhead
15890 Highway 16 S, 78264

Old Applewhite Trailhead
2440 W. Jett Rd, 78264

Applewhite Trailhead
16506 Applewhite Rd, 78264

Pleasanton Rd Trailhead
15638 Pleasanton Rd, 78221

Mitchell Lake, Hwy 281 Trailhead
13855 S. Hwy 281, 78221

Mattox Park Trailhead
1222 Mission Grande, 78221

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Salado Creek Greenway North (Loop 1604 to Rittiman Road)

       

 

          

The Salado Creek Greenway (North of Loop 1604 to Rittiman Road) features multi-use recreational trails made from asphalt and concrete. Trail users can enjoy views of large Pecan and Live Oak trees, cliff faces, and natural limestone outcroppings along beautiful stretches of Salado Creek.

Lady Bird Johnson Park Trailhead
10700 Nacogdoches Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Lauren's Lane Trailhead 
712 Ira Lee @ Laurens Lane
San Antonio, TX 78212

Loop 1604 Trailhead
3104 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, TX 78231

McAllister Park Trailhead
Buckhorn Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Oakwell Trailhead
150 Ira Lee Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78212

Phil Hardberger Park East Trailhead 
13203 Blanco Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78216

Robert Tobin Park Trailhead
2126 NE.Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78212

Voelcker Homstead Trailhead
Voelker Lane
San Antonio, TX 78231

Walker Ranch Park Trailhead
12603 West Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78216

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SALADO CREEK GREENWAY SOUTH (JACK WHITE TO SOUTHSIDE LIONS PARK)

The Salado Creek Greenway South begins at Jack White Park and continues south 7.2 miles to Southside Lions Park. The trail winds through areas of thick, towering hardwood trees surrounding Salado Creek; trees that can be seen on the trail include Oak, Pecan and Texas Cedar Elm trees. The trail also passes several locations where the creekway is a perennial stream, serving as home to fish, turtles, waterfowl and other riparian species.

POPULAR TRAILHEADS:

Jack White Park
3803 Seguin Road
San Antonio, TX 78219

Martin Luther King Park
3503 Martin Luther King Drive
San Antonio, TX 78220

Southside Lions Park Trailhead
4008 Pecan Valley Drive
San Antonio, TX 78210

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WESTSIDE CREEK GREENWAYS

The Westside Creeks is a group of 5 waterways that run along the West urban core of the city, ultimately flowing into the San Antonio River. These greenways run within the man-made channel limits established in 1954 by the federal San Antonio Channel Improvement Project (SACIP), that addressed flooding in the area.

Due to its urban nature, they are specially well poised for recreational and commuting use alike, once all phases are completed. The greenways can be accessed from multiple trailheads and neighborhood connections listed below. Starting West to East and North to South:

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APACHE CREEK 

Apache Creek runs East from General McMullen to Elmendorf Lake Park (under W. Commerce St.) and our Lady of the Lake University (1.50 miles). Then, from Cassiano Park to Escobar Park, Amistad Park, until flowing into San Pedro Creek under IH-10/35 (1.75 miles). Along the way, trail patrons can enjoy the many amenities for all ages that exist in those parks.

It is expected that Apache Creek Greenway will be complete and continuous when construction between 19th St. and Cassiano Park is finished by Fall 2020.


W. Commerce St. Trailhead
4239 W. Commerce St
San Antonio, Texas 78237

Elmendorf Lake at SW 24th St. Trailhead
3978 W Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78207

Elmendorf Lake at SW 19th St. Trailhead
235 Shore Dr
San Antonio, TX 78207

Cassiano Park Trailhead
1728 Potosi St
San Antonio, TX 78207

Amistad Park Trailhead 
1600 Tampico St
San Antonio, TX 78207

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ALAZÁN CREEK



Phase I (0.40 miles) of Alazán Creek connects Woodlawn Lake Park to Lombrano St, near West End Park. Phase II (2.90 miles), currently under construction, will continue to its confluence with Apache and San Pedro Creeks. Construction expected to be complete by Spring 2022.

Woodlawn Lake Park Trailhead (Texas Ave.)
115 Alexander Ave
San Antonio, TX 78201

Lombrano St. connection
1207 Lombrano St
San Antonio, TX 78207

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MARTÍNEZ CREEK



Phase I (0.65 miles) of Martínez Creek starts at Fredericksburg Rd. and goes to Cincinatti Ave. Phase II (1.50 miles), will continue to its confluence with Alazán Creek at Farias Park. Construction for Phase II is expected to start in 2022.

Cincinatti Ave. Trailhead
701 Cincinnati Ave
San Antonio, TX 78201

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SAN PEDRO CREEK 

San Pedro Creek waters ultimately come from San Pedro springs and goes through San Antonio’s Downtown core. The Southmost section of hike & bike trail starts at the confluence with Apache Creek, by IH-10/35, to the South and East, until it merges with the San Antonio River at Confluence Park (1.70 miles).

Klein St. Trailhead
313 Mockert
San Antonio, TX 78204

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ZARZAMORA CREEK (under construction)

Zarzamora Creek, currently under construction, connects Apache Creek near General McMullen to the vicinity of Rosedale Park, and to Alderete Park going North and West (1.45 miles). Trailhead locations will be posted when open to the public. Construction is expected to be complete by Summer 2021.

 

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Culebra - Helotes Creek Greenway Trail

The Culebra/Helotes Creek Greenway Trail starts at the Terra Oak Trailhead and runs 2.2 miles down Helotes Creek until the confluence where it meets Culebra Creek. The trail continues under Loop 1604 and ties in with the trails in Culebra Creek Park.

Terra Oak Trailhead
10140 Terra Oak
San Antonio, TX 78250

Culebra Creek Park
10919 Westward Loop
San Antonio, TX, 78254

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HUEBNER CREEK GREENWAY (CRYSTAL HILLS PARK TO LEON CREEK)”

The Huebner Creek Greenway is a tributary trail to the Leon Creek Greenway. It extends 1.5 miles from the Crystal Hills Trailhead on Shadow Mist to the Border Brook Trailhead which leads to the Leon Creek Greenway.

Crystal Hills Trailhead
6441 Shadow Mist Road
Leon Valley, TX 78238

Border Brook Trailhead
6901 Border Brook
San Antonio, TX 78238

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OLMOS BASIN GREENWAY

Olmos Basin Trail

The 0.9 mile trail runs from Basse Road to Dick Friedrich Street in Olmos Basin Park.

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

Olmos Basin Park Trailhead
651 Devine Road
San Antonio, TX 78212

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  • Map (with parking) 

 

Saturday, September 19, 2020