March 12, 2021

22 beautiful places to hike and bike in and around San Antonio

There's no better way to enjoy beautiful weather than by hitting the trails, so we rounded up some of the most gorgeous parks and greenways in San Antonio for hiking and biking. While SA is flush with outdoor amenities, other rewarding green spaces await those willing to venture outside of Loop 1604 and explore the surrounding countryside. 
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Mission Reach
thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Mission Reach is a popular destination for kayakers, pedestrians and bikers alike. Because a lot of the trail is located a fair distance from the road, it’s a good place for people who aren’t experienced with riding near or on the street, and it's plenty walkable, too. The route is more scenic than challenging anyway, so if you’re into rough and tough terrain and heart-pumping inclines on an isolated path in nature, Mission Reach probably isn’t for you. If you’re into paved paths and mostly gentle slopes with a beautiful view of the historic missions, you’ll love Mission Reach.
Photo via Instagram / ryanibarra24
Mission Reach
thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Mission Reach is a popular destination for kayakers, pedestrians and bikers alike. Because a lot of the trail is located a fair distance from the road, it’s a good place for people who aren’t experienced with riding near or on the street, and it's plenty walkable, too. The route is more scenic than challenging anyway, so if you’re into rough and tough terrain and heart-pumping inclines on an isolated path in nature, Mission Reach probably isn’t for you. If you’re into paved paths and mostly gentle slopes with a beautiful view of the historic missions, you’ll love Mission Reach.
Photo via Instagram / ryanibarra24
Comanche Lookout Park
15551 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Though it encompasses 96 acres, Comanche Lookout Park is best known for having one of the highest elevation points in the city. In addition to beautiful views of SA, in early 2021, the park debuted new public artwork at the peak that honors the city's indigenous heritage.
Photo courtesy of City of San Antonio
Comanche Lookout Park
15551 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Though it encompasses 96 acres, Comanche Lookout Park is best known for having one of the highest elevation points in the city. In addition to beautiful views of SA, in early 2021, the park debuted new public artwork at the peak that honors the city's indigenous heritage.
Photo courtesy of City of San Antonio
Medina River Greenway
sanantonio.gov
The Medina River Greenway is about a 3.5-mile trail connecting the Pleasanton Trailhead to Mattox Park, which is located along McAllister Freeway outside of Loop 410 on the South Side. Because it hugs the edge of Mitchell Lake, you can expect to see some cool sights. When the weather is nice, you’ll see seasonal birds, lakeside wildlife and healthy vegetation. This greenway has paved areas, so it’s perfect for someone who prefers paved trails to rough terrain. If you're intrigued by this shot, head to the greenway near the Palo Alto trailhead.
Photo via Instagram / texasbyair
Medina River Greenway
sanantonio.gov
The Medina River Greenway is about a 3.5-mile trail connecting the Pleasanton Trailhead to Mattox Park, which is located along McAllister Freeway outside of Loop 410 on the South Side. Because it hugs the edge of Mitchell Lake, you can expect to see some cool sights. When the weather is nice, you’ll see seasonal birds, lakeside wildlife and healthy vegetation. This greenway has paved areas, so it’s perfect for someone who prefers paved trails to rough terrain. If you're intrigued by this shot, head to the greenway near the Palo Alto trailhead.
Photo via Instagram / texasbyair
Brackenridge Park
3700 N St Mary's St, (210) 207-7275, brackenridgepark.org
The one and the only Brackenridge Park features tons of paved roads to bike down if you’re more of a beginner, and plenty of off-road opportunities as well for those bikers a bit more experienced. The beauty of Brackenridge Park lies in its rich history, ancient trees and the colony of (somewhat) feral cats. If you pack a picnic, there are plenty of places to sit down and eat it, too.
Photo via Instagram / peterbnyrenphoto
Brackenridge Park
3700 N St Mary's St, (210) 207-7275, brackenridgepark.org
The one and the only Brackenridge Park features tons of paved roads to bike down if you’re more of a beginner, and plenty of off-road opportunities as well for those bikers a bit more experienced. The beauty of Brackenridge Park lies in its rich history, ancient trees and the colony of (somewhat) feral cats. If you pack a picnic, there are plenty of places to sit down and eat it, too.
Photo via Instagram / peterbnyrenphoto
Eisenhower Park
19399 NW Military Hwy, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Take advantage of the 6+ miles of trail at Eisenhower Park and get to exploring. Choose from both manmade and natural trails, though the natural Hillview trail will take you around the entire park.
Photo via Instagram / redbonecoonhoundluke
Eisenhower Park
19399 NW Military Hwy, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Take advantage of the 6+ miles of trail at Eisenhower Park and get to exploring. Choose from both manmade and natural trails, though the natural Hillview trail will take you around the entire park.
Photo via Instagram / redbonecoonhoundluke
Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Pearsall Park is like the city’s catch-all park. There are wide, open fields to run with your pup or play frisbee in, sports fields for getting in a little extra practice, walking and biking trails and even a skate park for when you want to hit the half pipe. Plus, it’s got over 500 acres of space to explore, especially if you’re comfortable with going off the beaten path.
Photo via Instagram / zlara_photography
Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Pearsall Park is like the city’s catch-all park. There are wide, open fields to run with your pup or play frisbee in, sports fields for getting in a little extra practice, walking and biking trails and even a skate park for when you want to hit the half pipe. Plus, it’s got over 500 acres of space to explore, especially if you’re comfortable with going off the beaten path.
Photo via Instagram / zlara_photography
Friedrich Wilderness Park
21395 Milsa Dr, (210) 207-3781, fosana.org
While 7 trails gives you plenty of options to exploring the park and getting your hike on, we’ve got to recommend the Main Loop Trail and the Water Trail. These trails are perfect serious hikers who want to work their muscles and enjoy the beauty of the nature around. There's a reason we're only saying hikers, though — bikes and other wheeled modes of transport are not allowed in the park.
Photo via Instagram / robert_em_eye
Friedrich Wilderness Park
21395 Milsa Dr, (210) 207-3781, fosana.org
While 7 trails gives you plenty of options to exploring the park and getting your hike on, we’ve got to recommend the Main Loop Trail and the Water Trail. These trails are perfect serious hikers who want to work their muscles and enjoy the beauty of the nature around. There's a reason we're only saying hikers, though — bikes and other wheeled modes of transport are not allowed in the park.
Photo via Instagram / robert_em_eye
O.P. Schnabel Park
9606 Bandera Rd, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
O.P. Schnabel Park, formerly known as Bandera Road Park and occasionally still known as “the cleanest little park in Texas,” is a gorgeous place to visit if you find solace in nature. A trademark of the park is the natural and native vegetation that grows plentifully within. Enjoy the flora and fauna at Schnabel from one of six trails and loops throughout the park. Inside the park, you’ll be able to venture out to the woods to really feel like one with nature. 
Photo via Instagram / christinabune
O.P. Schnabel Park
9606 Bandera Rd, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
O.P. Schnabel Park, formerly known as Bandera Road Park and occasionally still known as “the cleanest little park in Texas,” is a gorgeous place to visit if you find solace in nature. A trademark of the park is the natural and native vegetation that grows plentifully within. Enjoy the flora and fauna at Schnabel from one of six trails and loops throughout the park. Inside the park, you’ll be able to venture out to the woods to really feel like one with nature.
Photo via Instagram / christinabune
Olmos Basin Greenway
sanantonio.gov
The Olmos Basin Greenway Trail runs between Jones-Maltsberger Road and Devine Road and is about a mile or so long. Because of the mature trees in Olmos Basin Park, the greenway trails are almost entirely shaded, offering relief from the hot Texas sun on sweltering days. If you decide to go during the summer, or let’s be real, any other season in Texas, the shade doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll be cool. Luckily, it runs along Olmos Creek.
Photo via Instagram / cmcpuma
Olmos Basin Greenway
sanantonio.gov
The Olmos Basin Greenway Trail runs between Jones-Maltsberger Road and Devine Road and is about a mile or so long. Because of the mature trees in Olmos Basin Park, the greenway trails are almost entirely shaded, offering relief from the hot Texas sun on sweltering days. If you decide to go during the summer, or let’s be real, any other season in Texas, the shade doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll be cool. Luckily, it runs along Olmos Creek.
Photo via Instagram / cmcpuma
Cathedral Rock Park
8002 Grissom Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Cathedral Rock Park — not to be confused with Cathedral Rock in Arizona — lies on the west end of the Leon Creek Greenway. While it had a bad reputation from before the renovations a few years ago (circa mid-2010s), the trails have greatly improved. The areas are well-lit and the trails are paved and marked, making this a great place to bike. 
Photo via Instagram / nic_is_nicole
Cathedral Rock Park
8002 Grissom Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Cathedral Rock Park — not to be confused with Cathedral Rock in Arizona — lies on the west end of the Leon Creek Greenway. While it had a bad reputation from before the renovations a few years ago (circa mid-2010s), the trails have greatly improved. The areas are well-lit and the trails are paved and marked, making this a great place to bike.
Photo via Instagram / nic_is_nicole