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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.
The Salado Creek Greenway offers nearly 25 miles of paved trail along San Antonio’s east side. The trail is part of the city's sprawling Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails system, which forms an off-road loop around the heart of San Antonio together with the Leon Creek Greenway. Connecting at Eisenhower Park in the north of the city, the two trails form a route of more than 50+ miles.
The Salado Creek Greenway is divided into two separate segments as follows:
Segment 1: Eisenhower Park to John James Park
This northernmost segment runs for almost 18 uninterrupted miles, and offers some of the trail’s most scenic sections. The segment starts in the north in Eisenhower Park, where a new connector trail finished in fall 2021 forms a link to the Leon Creek Greenway on the city's west side. 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.
Continuing east and south, the trail skirts the edges of the city's airport property before continuing through a series of lovely neighborhood parks; along the way, you'll be treated to hilltop views 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 2: Jack White Park to South Side Lions Park
Stretching about 7.5 miles, this southernmost section of trail continues along the creekside through even more of the city's parks. 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.
The north end of the trail in Eisenhower Park offers parking (19399 NW Military Highway). Parking is available further south on 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 also 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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