An ambitious public works project is asking San Antonians to literally take a hike. On August 2, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department will unveil the newest additions to the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System.
The new project adds an additional 1.8 miles of trail extension to the Salado Creek Greenway Trail and two miles to the Leon Creek Greenway Trail. Combined with existing paths, the system now includes 69 miles of trails spanning 1,500 acres of outdoor space, according to the City of San Antonio.
The extension now combines the Salado Creek and Leon Creek trails, which will eventually converge at Eisenhower Park. In addition to the extension, trail upgrades include "parking, bike repair stations, water fountains, dog waste mitts, and wayfinding signage for the trail user’s convenience."
Named for the former mayor of San Antonio, the Peak Greenway Trail System was envisioned to be a "ring" of hike-and-bike trails around the Alamo City. Since being approved by voters in 2000, the system has created accessible creek-side pathways throughout the city, including the Medina River; Alazan, Apache, Leon, Martinez, Salado San Pedro, and Zarzamora creeks; and tributaries such as Huesta Creek and Culebra Creek.
“The Greenway Trail System provides the community a wonderful opportunity to get outside and explore the natural beauty of South Texas,” says interim parks director Homer Garcia in a release. “The creek-side trails are perfect spaces for a variety of activities and abilities, from cycling to dog walking, bird watching, and long-distance running."
While the city does encourage San Antonians to enjoy the newest additions to the system, would-be hikers should always exercise caution. Stay on the marked trails, bring a buddy, and always bring plenty of water.