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A scenic view of Jackson Nature Park’s natural surface trails system.

Last Updated on January 30, 2024

Welcome to the Happy Trails Blog Series! While Happy Trails sounds like we are wishing you a pleasant farewell, we hope you stick around to enjoy all the fun and free activities available at San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) parks and trails!

Let’s take a step back.

We know you’re probably already aware, but just in case you didn’t know, the River Authority was created to preserve, protect, and manage the resources and environment of the San Antonio River Basin. Through that vital work, parks and trails were (and continue to be) created throughout Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties for YOU to enjoy!

A “Book Worm” challenge photo was submitted by a participant during our Fall Discovery Hunt.

Child watches bird with binoculars

Families take part in some birdwatching during the Black Outside Family Day event at Acequia Park along the Mission Reach.

Did you know? It is FREE to use the River Authority Parks and Trails!

Need a place to walk, hike, or play? In Bexar County alone, scenic routes along the Museum or Mission Reaches of the San Antonio River Walk and San Pedro Creek Culture Park (to name a few) offer places where you can bike, sit by the river, think, read a book, write a book, create an original work of art, bird watch (check out this video on our avian study), and more!

Where are the River Authority parks and trails? Great question! To keep it simple, follow this link to check them all out. There are maps and videos included that provide some great visuals of where to go and what to do: Parks & Trails.


A woman takes a photo in front of large tiled mural

A participant takes up the “Five Panel Mural” challenge during our Fall Discovery Hunt.


What can you do at these parks and trails?

Check out these links for information on some of the many opportunities for you to enjoy throughout the basin:

P.S. We host fun and FREE programs and events at our parks every month! Visit our Events Page to find out which ones you would like to attend.


Goliad Paddling Race shows racers floating on the river

Paddlers get ready to compete at the Remember Goliad Paddling Race


Here are some upcoming events and activities to keep an eye out for:

You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with the River Authority’s latest happenings.


2022 River Authority Recreation Recap

We invite you to take a peek at some of what’s happened this year on our parks and trails!

NBA Player Manu Ginobili in kayak paddling down the river

NBA Hall-of-Famer Manu Ginobili paddled down one of the many riffles along the Mission Reach Paddling Trail.


Spurs basketball players kayak down the river

Spurs Players Dominik Barlow and Tre Jones paddled along the Mission Reach.


Various workshops conducted at Confluence Park

Yanawana Herbolarios conducted an ethnobotany tour, and attendees created their own tea blends during the Art of Tea workshop at Confluence Park.


Tent Life workshop

Attendees learned camping skills at Tent Life 101 with REI at Helton Nature Park.


Campside Cinema at Helton Park

Campers settle in to enjoy a free movie night during Campside Cinema at Helton Nature Park.


Mobile Zoo presentation in front of audience

Once in a Wild conducted a Show & Tell animal demonstration at Escondido Creek Parkway.


Last Chance Forever conducted a large bird of prey demonstration at Helton Nature Park.

Last Chance Forever conducted a large bird of prey demonstration at Helton Nature Park.


Yoga on the Creek Session

Join Free Yoga on the Creek with Mobile Om every Monday night at San Pedro Creek Culture Park.


Drum Circle Session

Community Drum Circle participants pause for a fun photo at San Pedro Creek Culture Park.


Mission Reach Rally Paddling Race

The River Authority held the Mission Reach Rally Paddling Race on the San Antonio River.


Escondido Creek Parkway Celebration

Participants had the opportunity to dunk fellow community members at Escondido Creek Parkway’s Back to School Bash. The warm weather also made cooling off in the park’s splash pad a delightful experience!

Keep an eye out for future blogs where we tell you more about our parks and give tips and tricks for your adventures.

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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