San Antonio River Walk Hike & Bike Path


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San Antonio River Walk Hike & Bike Path Facts

States: Texas
Counties: Bexar
Length: 30 miles
Trail end points: Brackenridge Park and Mission Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8515775
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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San Antonio River Walk Hike & Bike Path Description

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, restaurants, and everything a resident or visitor needs.

The trail runs from Brackenridge Park (which houses the San Antonio Zoo) on the north end of town to Mission Park on San Antonio’s southern end. South of Brackenridge, past I-35, you can reach the San Antonio Museum of Art, as well as the Tobin Center for Performing Arts.

Farther south, past downtown and I-10, the pathway continues through Concepcion Park. This is where city dwellers come out to play. You’ll find athletic fields, a playground, fitness stations, and a pool here. Restrooms, drinking fountains, and picnic tables are also available in the park.

A highlight of the journey can be found at its southern end, as the trail winds through San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. This unique attraction provides the opportunity to learn about several Spanish frontier missions, including Mission Espada, the oldest mission in Texas dating back to 1690.

Parking and Trail Access

On the trail’s northern end, parking is readily available in Brackenridge Park (3700 N. St. Mary's). Mid-trail, parking is available in Concepcion Park (600 E. Theo). On the south end of the trail, you can find parking in Mission County Park (1611 NE Loop 410), Espada Park (1750 S E Military), and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

San Antonio River Walk Hike & Bike Path Reviews

The Riverwalk in San Antonio is not only the most adventurous trail, but it also takes you through several different areas of society and provides education. The Riverwalk works in a fascinating way, unlike any other in the nation. You will see different types of wildlife, bikers, paddlers and some great views of downtown. Even the Missions along the Riverwalk are dog friendly. We have been to those as well -

Hike (or bike) the San Antonio Riverwalk, you will not be disappointed.

We rode on Jan 6, 2020, starting at Blue Star Arts Complex, riding south for six miles. There are some gentle hills as the trail alternates from street to river level. Was uncrowded, but we were on a cool Jan Monday.

We did not see any of the homeless that other reviewers have commented on, and did not feel unsafe.

Stopped to visit one of the Missions on the ride. We wanted to go to Mission San Jose, but missed the sign, ended up visiting Mission Concepcion.

Note - need to park on street starting at Blue Star, not in the parking lot reserved for the Arts complex.

I rode this trail a week ago from the mission trail with goal of looping around OLLU and back to add mileage to the mission trail. It was empty except homeless people under bridges, some covered with sheets, giving the experience a bit of the macabre. I turned around and won't go back until usage is up.


We start at Rosevelt Park. It is 18 miles of rolling hills along listening to the river and seeing wildlife. A new shoot have been added - Apache Creek way to the Mission trails. It is out and back but I wouldn't ride it by myself because surrounding area it goes through. I have seen trail stewards riding it but not park police

We biked the trail this morning. Started at Conception Park and rode south. The park was a little sketchy. Several stray/loose dogs running around but they didn't bother us. Sad to see though. The trail itself was awesome! Beautiful scenery! At the end of the trail, where it loops around and comes back up the other side of the river, was a little confusing. This part was gravel and we got off on the wrong trail and had to turn around. We ended up crossing back over to the other side of the river and riding the same side we rode down on but that was only because we didn't have time to explore. It seemed as though it's well patrolled and used by many. There are some rolling hills but nothing too strenuous. Definitely looking forward to coming back this fall and exploring more of the trail. Absolutely recommend it.

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