February 14, 2020

The Best Bike Rides and Trails in San Antonio

Sometimes you just need some fresh air. And sometimes you want to get that fresh air while employing pedal power. Here are some of the best spots for you to explore across the Alamo City on your bike.
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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 rides to rough terrain rides. 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 rides to rough terrain rides. If you're intrigued by this shot, head to the greenway near the Palo Alto trailhead.
Photo via Instagram / texasbyair
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. Biking in Peasall Park is a treat to the heart because you get to enjoy the view of all the other happy people also using the park. Plus, it’s over 500 acres of space to ride, especially if you’re comfortable with off-roading a little bit.
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. Biking in Peasall Park is a treat to the heart because you get to enjoy the view of all the other happy people also using the park. Plus, it’s over 500 acres of space to ride, especially if you’re comfortable with off-roading a little bit.
Photo via Instagram / zlara_photography
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. Because it is less popular than its nearby cousin, Leon Creek Greenway, it’s the perfect place for the biker who prefers paved trails but a ride in relative peace from other trail users.
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. Because it is less popular than its nearby cousin, Leon Creek Greenway, it’s the perfect place for the biker who prefers paved trails but a ride in relative peace from other trail users.
Photo via Instagram / nic_is_nicole
O. P. Schnabel Park
9606 Bandera Road, (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 bike ride if you find solace in nature. A trademark of the park is the natural and native vegetation that grows plentifully within. Though O. P. Schnabel Park is quite a popular destination for San Antonians, the park isn’t any less beautiful because of it. Still, you will definitely have to dodge the occasional slow pedestrian on your rides.
Photo via Instagram / howdydoodietx
O. P. Schnabel Park
9606 Bandera Road, (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 bike ride if you find solace in nature. A trademark of the park is the natural and native vegetation that grows plentifully within. Though O. P. Schnabel Park is quite a popular destination for San Antonians, the park isn’t any less beautiful because of it. Still, you will definitely have to dodge the occasional slow pedestrian on your rides.
Photo via Instagram / howdydoodietx
King William Historic District/Southtown
sanantonio.gov
Biking around Southtown and the King William Historic District will open your eyes to a lot of sights – just keep in mind that bikes are largely only permitted south of the Blue Star Arts Complex. On one hand, you’ll see a ton of restaurants that you want to try (and a ton that we’ve already tried for you — there’s no shame in a self plug). On the other hand, you’ll see a lot of beautiful homes to admire on your ride. Because this entry is a part of SA and on roads frequented by cars, bikers are advised to have some street experience while riding.
Photo via Instagram / xrays_in_use
King William Historic District/Southtown
sanantonio.gov
Biking around Southtown and the King William Historic District will open your eyes to a lot of sights – just keep in mind that bikes are largely only permitted south of the Blue Star Arts Complex. On one hand, you’ll see a ton of restaurants that you want to try (and a ton that we’ve already tried for you — there’s no shame in a self plug). On the other hand, you’ll see a lot of beautiful homes to admire on your ride. Because this entry is a part of SA and on roads frequented by cars, bikers are advised to have some street experience while riding.
Photo via Instagram / xrays_in_use
Phil Hardberger Park
13203 Blanco Road, (210) 492-7472, philhardbergerpark.org
For those who don’t know, or who have never realized it while they were visiting, Phil Hardberger Park is divided into two sections, East and West, by Wurzbach Road. For bikers (and pedestrians!), the East section has almost three miles of paved trails, and the West section has more than four miles of trails. The trails on the east side of the park connect to the Salado Creek Greenway, which is also on this list. Biker beware — the trails do not have amenities such as water fountains or trash cans, so the park recommends that you bring water and implores you not to litter.
Photo via Instagram / john.a.dickinson.6.8
Phil Hardberger Park
13203 Blanco Road, (210) 492-7472, philhardbergerpark.org
For those who don’t know, or who have never realized it while they were visiting, Phil Hardberger Park is divided into two sections, East and West, by Wurzbach Road. For bikers (and pedestrians!), the East section has almost three miles of paved trails, and the West section has more than four miles of trails. The trails on the east side of the park connect to the Salado Creek Greenway, which is also on this list. Biker beware — the trails do not have amenities such as water fountains or trash cans, so the park recommends that you bring water and implores you not to litter.
Photo via Instagram / john.a.dickinson.6.8
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. 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. 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
Stone Oak Park
20395 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Stone Oak Park is located off of Loop 1604 and can be accessed using the Stone Oak Parkway exit, though there are many ways to get there. The park itself has areas for adults to exercise and for children to play, but for bikers and runners, there are almost three miles of paved trails. The trails are split up into a few main parts, most of which are suitable for almost all types of bikes.
Photo via Instagram / psychadelic_bee
Stone Oak Park
20395 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Stone Oak Park is located off of Loop 1604 and can be accessed using the Stone Oak Parkway exit, though there are many ways to get there. The park itself has areas for adults to exercise and for children to play, but for bikers and runners, there are almost three miles of paved trails. The trails are split up into a few main parts, most of which are suitable for almost all types of bikes.
Photo via Instagram / psychadelic_bee
Hays Street Bridge/East Side
803 N Cherry St, (210) 207-0970
Doesn’t everyone know where Hays Street Bridge is? It’s been there basically since before any of us can remember, although renovations were completed on it in the past decade or so to transform it into an attraction. It’s great for photo opportunities and sometimes even proposals, yoga events, walking, jogging, and of course, biking. Using the bridge will get you downtown in minutes, which can be useful if you’re biking for a commute and not just exercise. 
Photo via Instagram / trickzillla
Hays Street Bridge/East Side
803 N Cherry St, (210) 207-0970
Doesn’t everyone know where Hays Street Bridge is? It’s been there basically since before any of us can remember, although renovations were completed on it in the past decade or so to transform it into an attraction. It’s great for photo opportunities and sometimes even proposals, yoga events, walking, jogging, and of course, biking. Using the bridge will get you downtown in minutes, which can be useful if you’re biking for a commute and not just exercise.
Photo via Instagram / trickzillla
Salado Creek Greenway
sanantonio.gov
The Salado Creek Greenway runs between Jack White Park and Southside Lions Park. At a distance of 7.2 miles, this trail is perfect for a biker who loves long … looooong rides through nature. As you pass, you’ll see several species of trees, like pecan trees, and at the points where it hugs the Salado Creek more tightly, you’ll get views of creatures that make water sources their homes. While Salado Creek Greenway isn’t the most popular site on this list for bikers, it’s still perfect to hit on a hot summer day where you can be shaded by the towering trees on either side of the path.
Photo via Instagram / _._snap
Salado Creek Greenway
sanantonio.gov
The Salado Creek Greenway runs between Jack White Park and Southside Lions Park. At a distance of 7.2 miles, this trail is perfect for a biker who loves long … looooong rides through nature. As you pass, you’ll see several species of trees, like pecan trees, and at the points where it hugs the Salado Creek more tightly, you’ll get views of creatures that make water sources their homes. While Salado Creek Greenway isn’t the most popular site on this list for bikers, it’s still perfect to hit on a hot summer day where you can be shaded by the towering trees on either side of the path.
Photo via Instagram / _._snap