Happy Trails! Fall 2023 Edition

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Last Updated on January 30, 2024

Welcome back to the Happy Trails Blog Series! We hope you have had a chance to get outside and enjoy some fresh air at the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) parks and trails this summer! But first, a quick thank you.

Thank you to the military personnel and their families from Joint Base San Antonio who joined us for a Kayak Experience along the Mission Reach Paddling Trail. Check out some action shots below! 

Paddlers exploring the San Antonio River

Kayak goers paddle downstream on the San Antonio River.

Hey! I want to paddle the San Antonio River, too!

Great! Here’s some more information: The River Authority offers over thirty miles of paddling trails along the San Antonio River from San Antonio to Goliad with varying levels of difficulty. Difficulty levels range from beginner-friendly to experience-recommended. These trails are not connected, and anyone wanting to paddle the San Antonio River will need to use the proper access points to move between the paddling trails. You can find more information on access points on our website under parks and trails, and you can find additional information about kayaking under river recreation.


As the weather cools down, we’ll have a busy calendar of programs encouraging you to enjoy the river and our parks along it. Read ahead to see what we have planned!

discovery Hunt 10-13

Fall 2023 Discovery Hunt

Friday, October 13, 2023, through Sunday, October 22, 2023

Discover the San Antonio River beyond the downtown river walk! Find hidden gems of art, nature, and engineering as you complete missions and experience San Antonio’s great outdoor spaces. Plus, it is a great excuse to get outside and explore our newest parks, Hendrick Arnold Nature Park and Truehart Ranch.

Free Camping Weekend at Helton Nature Park

 Free Camping Weekend at Helton Nature Park

Friday, October 20, 2023 to Sunday, October 22, 2023

Friday Night Hikes October 20 at Helton Nature Park

Friday Night Hikes at Helton Nature Park

Friday, October 20, 2023

6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Wilson County Trade Days Farmers Market Every 3rd Saturday from 9am - 2pm

 Wilson County Trade Days – October

Saturday, October 21, 2023

9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Fall Festival


Fall Festival 2023

Saturday, October 21, 2023

9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Haunted Hike King William

Haunted Hike Tour – King William

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

7:30 PM- 8:45 PM

Haunted Hike Museum Reach

 Haunted Hike Tour – Museum Reach

Thursday, October 26, 2023

7:30 PM- 8:45 PM

Race the River Mission Reach

2023 Race the River Mission Reach

Saturday, November 4, 2023

9:00 AM-11:00 AM

The River Authority, together with the San Antonio River Foundation, is excited to welcome you to the conclusion of our 2023 Race the River competitive paddling race series!

Canoeists and kayakers from all over are invited to join us on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River. Racers can compete in the Pro Class alongside experienced paddlers, who compete in endurance adventure races throughout Texas, or in the Amateur Class with beginner and intermediate paddlers who are ready for a challenge.


Friday Night Hikes at Escondido Creek Parkway

Friday Night Hikes at Escondido Creek Parkway

Friday, November 10, 2023

5:00 PM-6:30 PM.

Community Drum Circle

 Community Drum Circle

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

7:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Stay updated on all free programs and events taking place at River Authority Parks and Trails by visiting our event page.

Here’s to a great kick-off to fall. Happy trails, and see you at the river!

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