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Be River Proud

Last Updated on January 30, 2024

The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) staff is committed to safecleanenjoyable creeks and rivers. Still, we need YOU to help us protect and preserve area natural resources for future generations. There are many ways you can get involved and Be River Proud!

The River Authority wants to highlight the positive actions of community members. We invite you to share with us pictures or videos of you and your loved ones on social media using #BeRiverProud. Once a month, we’ll feature your stories on our blog!

This month we’re highlighting one #BeRiverProud follower that has shared their love of local creeks and the San Antonio River on social media.

Breathtaking landscapes, grand artwork, and internationally recognized National Parks are just a snapshot of the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Walk. This 8-mile linear park has over 16 miles of trail along the river for pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy, plus a paddling trail for canoeing and kayaking. These trails connect to stunning Mission Portals which are large works of art serving as gateways to the San Antonio World Heritage Mission Sites. The Mission Reach was recently crowned the Best Biking Trail for San Antonio Magazine’s Best of the City 2022!

Anthony Arredondo (Instagram: @Anthonyjarredondo) is a local cyclist that enjoys all aspects of the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Walk hike and bike trails! On Anthony’s Instagram page, you can find a mix of video and photography of areas where he rides his bike, including visits to the San Antonio Missions. Anthony told us, “The Mission Reach trails are a safe place where I can explore and have fun with plenty of opportunities to learn things and exercise.”

Sunset view of the San Antonio River.

Sunset on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Walk. Photo Credit: Anthony Arredondo

You can also find portals to the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Sites marked by public art along the Mission Reach. These beautiful artworks are sponsored by the River Authority’s non-profit partner, the San Antonio River Foundation. Learn about these four portals and plan your next visit to the Mission Reach!

Angled view of bicycle handle with background showcasing wave patterns etched on the walking trails

A stop at the Mission Concepcion portal, River Return, by Stacy Levy Photo Credit: Anthony Arredondo

Not a bike rider? No worries! There are plenty of other recreation opportunities along the San Antonio River, including birdwatching, fishing, and kayaking! Learn more about these activities on our YouTube Recreation series.


How to #BeRiverProud in 4 easy steps:

  1. Engage in any activity showing river pride, such as: recreating along the San Antonio River, showing your stewardship for the San Antonio River, picking up trash as part of the Don’t Let Litter Trash Your River initiative, and using sustainability practices at your home. (Read Show Your River Pride and What You Can Do for examples of activities you can do at your home and at River Authority parks.)
  2. Post a picture of your activity on social media!
  3. Tag @sanantonioriver
  4. Include #BeRiverProud

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