Explore the Emerald Ring 

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For 15 years, the City of San Antonio has been chipping away at a hike-and-bike trail — a ring of green within the city — that is accessible for nearly every side of town. The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System winds through the South, East, West and North sides of SA, with 1,400 acres containing 52.6 miles of hiking-and-biking trails. Fitness enthusiasts, or nature lovers, can easily access these linear parks in a short amount of time on any side of town. Take the Salado Creek Greenway on the Southeast Side of town. This 2.3-mile multi-use trail follows Salado Creek through bottomland hardwood trees with springs that trickle from a hillside into the creek. Trailheads can be found at Covington and Comanche parks and, on the southern end, another found just east of the lake at Southside Lions Park (3100 Hiawatha St.). Runners and bicyclists on the far West Side can access the Leon Creek Greenway at Rodriguez County Park (2060 Rodriguez Road) or Levi Strauss Park (6100 Old Hwy. 90 W.), which provides 2.6 miles of trail and an outdoor fitness station. Way out on the far Northwest Side of town, people can enjoy a morning run or hike at the newest addition to the greenway system: Culebra Creek – Helotes Greenway Trail. This 1.6-mile path follows Helotes Creek to its confluence with Culebra Creek then passes outside 1604, tying in with trails at Culebra Creek Park. The trailhead is across from Burke Elementary (10104 Terra Oak). For those living in the loop on the north side, there's the Salado Creek – Loop 410 to Rittiman Road segment. This 2.8-mile multi-use asphalt and concrete recreational trail connects James Park (3910 Rittiman Road) with McAllister Park (13102 Jones Maltsberger Road). Trailheads can be found at Loop 410 east of Salado Creek in Robert L.B. Tobin Park (150 Ira Lee Road). There is no shortage of trails for the early morning runner or bicyclist in San Antonio thanks to the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System that connects many of the city's parks.

For more info on all the trails and maps, visit sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec/Home.aspx.

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