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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 here.
Salado Creek Greenway offers 19 miles of paved trail along San Antonio’s east side. Although the trail is still under development, its three completed segments (listed below, north to south) offer connections to many parks and neighborhoods.
Segment 1: Huebner Road to West Avenue
This northernmost segment is about 5 miles long and one of the trail’s most scenic. The pathway traces the Salado Creek through bluffs and hardwood forest. A highlight of the route is Voelcker farmstead, an archaeological site and historic set of buildings situated in Phil Hardberger Park. Named after a former San Antonio mayor, the park is an urban green oasis with native grasses and heritage oaks.
The trail continues to another worthwhile attraction, Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park, which offers beautiful natural landscapes, picnic areas, a large pavilion, restrooms, and a playground.
To continue east on the greenway, passing Walker Ranch Park, take a left at the fork as you approach the park. This will keep you on the northern edge of the historical park. There will be another fork as you approach the main parking area of Walker Ranch. Again, stay to the left at the fork. This will keep you on the Salado Creek Greenway and take you under West Avenue and across North Loop Road to the temporary end (as of Sept. 2014) of this segment at US Highway 281.
Segment 2: McAllister Park to James Park
This middle segment is about 6.5 miles long. Its northern end offers a hilltop view of the city skyline and airport. The path traverses over a scenic wetland area with the Morningstar Boardwalk, named in memory of Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Morningstar, and continues through dense woodlands.
About two miles south of McAllister Park, a spur will take you to Lady Bird Johnson Park, a community favorite with a swimming pool, skate park, softball and soccer fields, and basketball courts. Farther south the trails runs through Los Patios, a shopping and dining area, before heading under Loop 410.
On the other side of the busy roadway, the pathway offers a well-shaded retreat under towering pecan and oak trees as it winds through Robert L.B. Tobin Park. The park is a terrific spot for bird-watchers; you may see warblers, buntings, hawks, owls, and many other types of birds. It also offers unique faux bois art in its signage, picnic tables, and benches. The trail ends at John James Park, named for a surveyor who helped establish the city's boundaries in 1846. The park offers athletic fields, a playground, and restrooms.
Segment 3: Jack White Park to South Side Lions Park
Stretching about 7.5 miles, this is the trail’s longest and southernmost section. It begins in Jack White Park on the north side of I-35 and winds south through Pletz County Park, Martin Luther King Park, Comanche Park, and South Side Lions Park, offering the traveler many amenities and picturesque views of the forest and creek.
Parking is limited on the Huebner (north) end of the trail with only a few on-street spaces available nearby. Parking is available at the south end of the trail near the Voelcker homestead (1021 Voelcker Lane) in Phil Hardberger Park, as well as within Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park (12603 West Avenue).
Plentiful parking is available in McAllister Park (13102 Jones-Maltsberger Road), Ladybird Johnson Park (10700 Nacogdoches Road), and Robert L.B. Tobin Park (150 Ira Lee Road).
Parking is available at Jack White Park (3803 Seguin Road), Martin Luther King Park (3503 Martin Luther King Drive), and South Side Lions Park (3100 Hiawatha Street).
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