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Part of San Antonio's fantastic Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System, which provides dozens of miles of multi-use trails throughout some of San Antonio's most beautiful natural spaces, the Medina River Greenway trail is a real gem in the south side of the city. The trail runs through the wooded land alongside the Medina River - a waterway that provides area plant and animal life with a thriving ecosystem as it runs east to join the San Antonio River. A variety of gorgeous trees including Cypress, Oak, and Pecan line the trail, and it's far from rare to see various forms of local wildlife out on the trail. The river also serves as a popular fishing spot, with many locations accessible right on the trail.
As of 2019, the trail is currently open in two segments. The main section of trail begins at the Medina River Natural Area, where the concrete path heads east along the course of the river, with some occasional switchbacks to help give you a workout. Currently coming to a halt east of Applewhite Road, the city is actively building additional trail to connect to the trailhead at Pleasanton Road, which swaps the river banks for the shore of Mitchell Lake, following the tree-lined perimeter of the lake north to the Mission del Lago subdivision and golf course. From there, the city hopes to one day connect it to the nearby San Antonio River Walk Hike & Bike Path, meaning you could take the trail from the remote natural preserves of the Medina River all the way to the heart of San Antonio. For now, though, the trail serves as an excellent spot for a variety of outdoor recreation and exercise.
Parking is available at any of the five trailheads along the route: at the Medina River Natural Area off of State Route 16, at the Applewhite Road trailhead, at the Pleasanton Road trailhead, at the Mitchell Lake trailhead just west of U.S. Highway 281, and at the Mission del Lago trailhead at Jim Mattox Park on Mission Grande. To reach the western end of the trail from San Antonio, simply follow State Route 16 south from the city; the trailhead is on the road just south of the intersection with Watson Road.
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