***PADDLING TRAIL NOTICE*** Due to high water from recent storm events, river access is currently closed from Helton to CR117 until further notice. Please check back for updates regarding this closure.***
The trail begins at the River Authority’s River Crossing Park on the San Antonio River in Bexar County. Near Floresville, Texas in Wilson County, there are additional access points at Graytown Park on the San Antonio River, at John William Helton – San Antonio River Nature Park, at County Road 117, and at Texas Highway 97 in Floresville River Park.
Intriguing geologic features, tall shady trees, and peacefully flowing waters make the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail a paddling adventure that is unmatched in the San Antonio area. This trail has a wild feel as it courses a little over 29 miles through parts of Bexar and Wilson Counties, yet it is connected to rural parks to access amenities such as picnic tables, restrooms, and parking. The flow rate can vary, so it is a good idea to check out flow conditions before heading out to the paddling trail. If you time your excursion just right, you might happen upon a community event at John William Helton Nature Park when you conclude your paddling trip.
You may be wondering, “what is the origin of the name SASPAMCO?” SASPAMCO is a small community in southern Bexar County whose name is an acronym for the San Antonio Sewer Pipe Manufacturing Company, a company that was the predominant employer in the community until the 1960’s. The company has since closed, but the name has remained.