San Marcos, TX Hiking Trails and Maps

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183A Shared Use Path

7.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

290 Toll Share Use Path

6.2 mi
State: TX
Concrete

71 Toll Lane Shared Use Path

4.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Alazan Creek Greenway Trail

0.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

14.5 mi
State: TX
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

Apache Creek Greenway

8.2 mi
State: TX
Asphalt

Austin to Manor Trail

2.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Barton Creek Greenbelt

7.9 mi
State: TX
Dirt

Brushy Creek Regional Trail

10.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete, Crushed Stone

County Line Memorial Trail

2.18 mi
State: TX
Asphalt, Concrete

Crestview/Highland Urban Trail

0.7 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Huebner Creek Greenway

1.5 mi
State: TX
Asphalt, Concrete

Huesta Creek Greenway

1.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Lance Armstrong Bikeway (Crosstown Greenway)

4.6 mi
State: TX
Asphalt, Concrete

Leon Creek Greenway

18 mi
State: TX
Asphalt, Concrete

Martinez Creek Greenway Trail

0.6 mi
State: TX
Asphalt

Mission Reach

8 mi
State: TX
Asphalt, Concrete

MoPac Mobility Bridges

2 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Old No. 9 Trail

1.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Salado Creek Greenway

22.7 mi
State: TX
Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion

San Antonio River Walk Hike & Bike Path

30 mi
State: TX
Asphalt, Concrete

Schertz Parkway

3.1 mi
State: TX
Asphalt, Concrete

Shoal Creek Trail

3.7 mi
State: TX
Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

Southern Walnut Creek Trail

8.9 mi
State: TX
Concrete

The Greenline

1.85 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Veloway Trail

3.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The 183A Shared Use Path is a 7-mile paved path along the 183 Toll Road connecting travelers from Leander to Cedar Park. Open to bikers and joggers, the Mobility Authority constructed this trail as...
TX 7.1 mi Concrete
The 290 Toll Share Use Path provides a useful commuter route in the northeastern suburbs of Austin. From the Walnut Bend neighborhood of the city east to the rural community of Manor, the paved...
TX 6.2 mi Concrete
The 71 Toll Lane Shared Use Path offers a safe commuting route for bicyclists and pedestrians in southeast Austin, near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The paved pathway spans just over 4...
TX 4.4 mi Concrete
This section of concrete trail traces nearly half a mile of Alazan Creek, starting on Alexander Avenue, just south of Woodlawn Lake Park to its abrupt end on Lombrano Street. The trail sits on the...
TX 0.5 mi Concrete
The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, named for a former Austin mayor and his wife, is a natural gem in the heart of the Texas capital. The scenic trail forms a loop around Lady Bird Lake, a...
TX 14.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt
Apache Creek Greenway serves as an important connector through San Antonio's Westside neighborhoods. Beginning at a connection with the San Pedro Creek Greenway, the paved pathway meanders north and...
TX 8.2 mi Asphalt
The Austin to Manor Trail begins at a juncture with the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, then winds 2.5 miles through the northeastern outskirts of Austin. The paved pathway first parallels Daffan Lane...
TX 2.5 mi Concrete
Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of Austin's most popular trails, which runs for nearly 8 miles through Barton Creek Wilderness Park southwest of the city. The dirt trail, best suited for mountain bikes,...
TX 7.9 mi Dirt
Brushy Creek Regional Trail offers an important commuting corridor linking neighborhoods, shopping areas, and workplaces in the northern suburbs of Austin. As you travel the route, look for signage...
TX 10.4 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
At 2.18 miles, the County Line Memorial Trail is relatively short, but it offers an engaging experience throughout. The tree-lined pathway sits on 3 acres of land, stretching from FM 1044 to FM 725....
TX 2.18 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Although just shy of a mile, the Crestview/Highland Urban Trail offers an important commuter connection between two MetroRail stations (Crestview and Highland) in north Austin. The paved pathway,...
TX 0.7 mi Concrete
San Antonio’s former mayor Howard Peak was a proponent of trails, whose enthusiasm and vision came to be shared by the city as a whole. This is why the city’s network of trails and greenways is named...
TX 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Huesta Creek Greenway branches off from the longer Leon Creek Greenway, one of the brightest stars in the city of San Antonio's developing network of greenway trails. Running at just over a mile...
TX 1.3 mi Concrete
So far 4.6 miles of the Lance Armstrong Bikeway (Crosstown Bicycle Greenway) is complete, with additional sections planned. The trail, which is largely on-road biking, links Town Lake trails, the Town...
TX 4.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Leon Creek Greenway is a tranquil oasis through western San Antonio. The main pathway begins at Loop 1604 and winds its way south for 18 miles along the creek. It’s fairly flat with some gentle slopes...
TX 18 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Martinez Creek is part of the Westside creek system of San Antonio undergoing a ecosystem restoration effort. The greenway is one of the measures to bring residents of the adjacent neighborhoods...
TX 0.6 mi Asphalt
The trail starts in downtown King William area and meanders south to the historic Missions area, ending at Mission Espada, the oldest mission in Texas, built in 1690. The route follows the San Antonio...
TX 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
In 2017, the South MoPac Bridges opened, providing a safe conduit between southwest Austin and downtown, safely separated from the harried pace of the MoPac Expressway. The South MoPac Bridges...
TX 2 mi Concrete
The Old No. 9 Trail cuts right through the heart of Boerne along part of what was once an early walking path used by Native Americans to cross Texas Hill Country. Much later the San Antonio and...
TX 1.4 mi Concrete
Note: Per the city of San Antonio's website, "The Salado Creek Greenway shall be closed for all purposes each day at sunset and will reopen each day at sunrise." Additional park curfews can be viewed...
TX 22.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion
The beauty of the San Antonio River Walk Hike & Bike Path is matched only by its utility. The 30-mile trail winds along both sides of the river, connecting parks, schools, workplaces, shopping,...
TX 30 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The parkway is a Schertz landmark, and the trails on either side allow walkers and cyclists to experience it in safety. The 3.1 mile is popular with Schertz residents of all ages. It has also been...
TX 3.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Although located in the heart of Austin, the Shoal Creek Trail shelters trail-goers from the bustle of the city as it meanders along the creek under a canopy of old oak trees. Built in the early...
TX 3.7 mi Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
The Southern Walnut Creek Trail winds along Austin's east side, traveling north from Govalle Park towards US 290. Following Walnut Creek, the paved trail travels mainly through forests as it traverses...
TX 8.9 mi Concrete
The Greenline, located in San Antonio's Brooks neighborhood just to the east of the San Antonio River, is a spacious and beautiful park with plenty of space and recreational amenities, including over...
TX 1.85 mi Concrete
The Veloway Trail is a 3.1-mile, 23-foot-wide loop trail, paved, through a quiet and secluded area of the Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park on the outskirts of Austin. The trail offers a mix of...
TX 3.1 mi Concrete

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Shoal Creek Trail

Nice walk by the water

November, 2019 by lettieprell

This is a great city trail, that passes through Pease Park, where the trail braids, enabling one to cross back and forth in several places over the river, either on rocks or by bridge. Depending on the route you choose portions of the trail are dirt, gravel or concrete. We came out on a Sunday morning, and found bikes, people and dogs all enjoying the tree-lined space.

Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Courtesy

September, 2019 by mark.wilson_tl

I walk 5 miles on Brushy Creek Trail almost every Sunday. Although most bike riders ride safely, I see too many who do not. Today I witnessed an almost-tragic collision between an adult rider and a one year old child. Adding insult to potentially fatal injury, the rider yelled "Courtesy!" as he sped by. The child tottered at the very edge of the trail and the biker missed him by no more than a foot. The child's parents were also at the edge of the trail. The biker behaved as if the child and his parents should have thrown themselves out of the way, which I assure you could not have happened because the rider appeared suddenly and was riding too fast for them to react. I was walking in the opposite direction with my wife and a friend and the biker rode between us and the family as we passed one another.

The rider, an adult man who should know better, was gone in seconds and there is probably no hope of changing his attitude so he remains dangerous. The trail is posted with a few signs informing bikers to defer to pedestrians, but some riders act as though the Trail is primarily for bikers and everyone else is in their way.

What can be done? Larger and more explicit signs? Speed bumps? I wish I knew. Have there been serious collisions on the Trail?

I love walking Brushy Creek Trail, the creek, the trees, the meadows, the deer. It can be very relaxing, but incidents like this today make me furious.

Leon Creek Greenway

updated review

August, 2019 by luv2ridemb09_tl

They have extended past 1604 and it stops for now a little past the Rim. Once finished it will connect to Salado Greenway. If the rain holds off maybe they will have it completed by the end of 2019. At the Ingram trailhead there is a trail that goes to SW Military Dr. Most of the trailheads have a port-a-potty and a water fountain.

Accordion

Apache Creek Greenway

construction completed

August, 2019 by luv2ridemb09_tl

It is doesn’t have any big hills. But it is nice to have something else to ride beside the river. Only thing is the dogs along the trail do get out. Also I wouldn’t ride it alone but with a partner. There is a bridge that you have to cross over to continue on and ride around ILOL lake. It is real pretty around the lake.

Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Awesome scenic trail for road cycling!

July, 2019 by matthewmiller951

This trail system is one of the FEW trails available in the area that's mostly paved for road bike riders! So, anyone walking on this trail should get used to bikers as well. Also, anyone riding a road bike on this trail without a doubt is mindful of pedestrians at all times, cyclists just want a safe place to ride without a 5,000 lb SUV next to them, this is one of the few trails that offer this security. Once they link the EAST and West sections its going to be the finest bicycle trail around.

Salado Creek Greenway

Extension Almost Complete

April, 2019 by spurs32

The Salado Creek trail from Huebner to 1604 is almost complete adding approximately 1.9 miles of paved trail. The Leon Creek Trail is complete to the Rim, so the realization of connecting these two beautiful trails is almost a reality.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Not for biking

March, 2019 by vieverae_tl

We tried taking this trail to Zilker but it is not bikable unless with a mountain bike.

Apache Creek Greenway

Fair only for 3.6 miles

January, 2019 by kzarz2

Just completed only 3.6 miles of the trail because of construction at Potosi Street/Cassiano Park. I noticed the you can take a pedestrian bridge to the other side of the creek but the path was so narrow that I decided not to chance it. One bump of the handlebar to the right might send you down to the creek.The creek and the scenery was nothing to write home about. Better to stick to the RiverWalk trail as the nature is much better visually. The path itself is concrete and smooth with some gradual hills but nothing really to tax your energy. I'll try the west end of the trail that has a trail head on Commerce and see how that is. But so far, I would only rate it 3 stars. Hopefully, this will improve when they finish the construction

Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Brushy Creek Trail

August, 2018 by sue.song

I love the trail! I live nearby and would bike along the trail a couple of times each week. The wildlife we can see around the main trail- deer, grey heron, geese, ducks, et cetera, makes me miss them and want to see them often.

One special spot I‘d highly recommend you visit at dusk, where you can view dozens of grey heron perched on a couple of trees standing in the lake right to the east side of the Parmer bridge at Brushy Creek. The scene is quite spectacular. You can bike pretty close to the trees and heron by following the small path underneath the bridge from the sports complex, in the opposite direction from the railway.

Salado Creek Greenway

Salado Creek Greenway Southside Lions Park to Jack White Park (~7.5mi) - Hidden Gem of a Paved Trail

July, 2018 by richjohntrev

HA! So I just deleted this long, detailed, glowing review of this excellent trail, then thought, "what the heck am I doing!!". Stay away and leave this gem to the locals that live on or nearby the trail, like myself.

But if you promise to come only once or twice to check it out, then bring your dog on a leash or your bicycle (road or mountain) or just your walking shoes...you will not be disappointed. It is exceedingly safe with daily Trail Stewards on bikes and the occasional quad runner with a park police officer, astonishingly beautiful, unexpectedly quiet, and you are guaranteed to come away thinking...wow, this was much, much better than I ever expected! Not perfect, but definitely worth a visit.

I'll leave it at that.

Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Brushy Creek Trail & Cyclists

June, 2018 by mcd.heather69

I depend on this trail for much needed daily walks but am slowly beginning to avoid it as there's too many times I've been almost run over by cyclists. Avoid the off-the-path trail which runs along the creek on the weekends as there are too many cyclists and they'll expect you to get over and stand in thigh-high weeds for them. Also, some race down steep slopes so fast that it will be impossible for them to stop for a pedestrian. The path along the creek is better on the weekdays. Pedestrians really need to keep their wits about them and listen and watch for cyclists coming from behind or in front as many won't be watching for pedestrians.

Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Brushy Creek - Biking

April, 2018 by asphaltman1992

I absolutely love this trail! I used to live directly on the trail-path, and I would ride my bike on the trail daily. I recently moved, so I cant ride it as often as I used to, but let me tell you, I do every chance I get!

The main trail has many trail paths (off the main path) that allow you to enjoy a rugged (mountain bike experience), but it also features a great concrete (Main Trail), with some areas being crushed stone; which allow you to speed ride comfortable.

The scenery is what originally got me! Some areas are wooded, with a creek running beside you, and some areas have a lake, parks, bridges; its quite the outdoor experience.

This trail is a must ride, if you haven't already!

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