Happy Trails! Summer 2023 Edition

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Drum Circle participants gather around during Creekfest.

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!

A Quick Thank You

Many thanks to those of you that were able to attend River Authority programs and events! Your support allows us to keep providing free activities throughout the San Antonio River Basin.

Thank you to those that join us every Monday night from 6-7PM at San Pedro Creek Culture Park’s Culture Crossing for Yoga on the Creek!

Fin Addict at Acequia Park Event

Thank you to those that came out and learned about fishing on March 4 at Family, Fishing, & Friends with Fin Addict Angler Foundation on Saturday, March 4th! If you missed us in March or want to join us again, there’s an upcoming clinic on Saturday, May 13.

Race the River participants

Thank you to everyone that competed in the cold and rainy paddle race at Race the River – Downtown Riverwalk on Saturday, March 18! Watch the full event video!

Creekfest Mariachi performance

Vendors at Creekfest

Two women stand with there dogs during Creekfest event

Drum Circle participants gather around during Creekfest.

Thank you to all those that attended CreekFest! Also, special thanks to our performers, educational partners, retail vendors, food vendors, and volunteers that helped us create an amazing event. For more pictures from CreekFest, check the San Pedro Creek facebook page.

SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Need ideas for some summer fun?! Do you enjoy paddling, disc golf, or camping? If so, check out the SASPAMCO paddling trail. Located just south of Loop 1604 in Bexar and Wilson counties, the SASPAMCO paddling trail is a great way to experience the great outdoors without traveling too far from home.

This 29-mile paddling trail has a wild feel as you float down the river. It’s easy to forget how close you are to nearby towns when your view is filled with a winding river lined by Cyprus, Willow, and Pecan trees. All you hear is the moving water and wildlife surrounding you.

Kayakers take on the river rapids.

Starting at River Crossing Park, paddlers will find easy access to the river as well as an opportunity for a beautiful pre-paddle picnic space.


Six miles downstream (about 2.5 hours of leisurely paddling) you’ll find Graytown Park. A great midway stopping point for lunch and a bathroom break if you’re paddling the trail. If not, check out Graytown Park for its gorgeous disc golf course. The full 18-hole course is a blast for casual disc throwers. However, if you’re feeling competitive, stay in touch with the local disc golf community for information on one of the many tournaments held throughout the year!


At mile 12 of the SASPAMCO paddling trail, you’ll arrive at John William Helton- San Antonio River Nature Park. The River Authority’s largest park in Wilson County presents visitors with plenty of open space to enjoy the outdoors and host gatherings of family and friends under the reservable pavilion. If you find yourself wanting to stay a little longer, reserve one of the 44 campsites and enjoy a night under the stars. Helton Nature Park is also a frequent location of some of our community recreation programs. Keep an eye on our events calendar to see what’s coming up.


Upcoming Events in the SASPAMCO Area

Free Camping Weekend May 19th - May 21st at Helton Nature Park. Campsite Registration Required.

Free Camping Weekend at Helton Nature Park

Friday, May 19, 2023 – Sunday, May 21, 2023

Campside Cinema Event May 19th at Helton Park

Campside Cinema at Helton Nature Park

Friday, May 19, 2023

8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Race the River: SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Race the River Series: SASPAMCO

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Check-in begins at 9:00 AM

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

Wilson County Trade Days at Helton Nature Park

Saturday, May 20, 2023

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Kick off to summer Bike rodeo

Kick Off to Summer Bike Rodeo at Escondido Creek Parkway

Saturday, June 3, 2023

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hike the Trail National Trails Day

Hike the Trail at Helton Nature Park

Saturday, June 3, 2023

9:00 AM – 3:00 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 summer! Happy trails!

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Acequia Trail Notice

The Acequia trail will have heavy traffic near MROC starting May 22nd until further notice. The SAWS Acequia project will be bringing in crews to work on the lift station site and across the street. There will have flaggers to stop traffic, please use caution. 

SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

The SASPAMCO paddling trail is open from River Crossing Park to Helton Nature Park.
*Please Note: Paddling Trail from Helton Nature Park to HWY 97 is still closed due to blockages. 

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