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Missions San Juan-Espada is a 3.6 mile out and back trail located near San Antonio, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 118 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Walking Running Partially paved River Historic site
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Trail exploring Spanish Missions, San Antonio River hike & bike path, aqueduct & acequia. From the Mission, you will cross the San Antonio River via the old and new bridges. At the hike-&-bike path, turn left along the old Spanish acequia irrigation ditch. Soon pass over the foot bridge by Sixmile Creek dam and turn right on the path uphill to site of the old Spanish aqueduct. Retrace path back to the River and continue on H&B path to Mission Espada over footbridge and on River-level under Loop 410. Then return directly to Mission San Juan. Warning: If your hike will last past 5 P.M., park outside the compound on the street. If parked on the compound, your car will be locked in and towed. Not recommended for night walking. Site of daily Volkmarch year-round event (YRE) walk. "Walk box" containing map & start cards located at Rangers' desk in museum/park headquarters at Mission San Jose.

National Park Service, 210-932-1001

From DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO, take I-37 south; exit right at S.E. MILITARY DRIVE; turn left on PRESA; right on GRAF ROAD (at Berg's Mill); left on PADRE DRIVE; keep MISSION ESPADA on your right; turn right into PARKING LOT at Mission Espada.

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arthur carroll
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Erica Bradshaw Rodriguez
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Jasmine Diggs
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Hiking

Pet friendly. Clean trail. App was useful in directing alternate trails for a longer hike.

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Adam Ramos
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Hiking

Great for strollers and kids ranging from 2 to 14.

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Eric Dub
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Danette Darling
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Shaded area on the trail inside a mission park and a not so shaded paved trail along the river walk

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Jerry K
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Hiking

Nice trail for when the other trails are too wet.

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Jeff Niemand
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Hiking

Nice trail system. Was all paved which is great for bikes.

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Dora Sanchez
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I have used this trail for hiking several times now, I have yet to be disappointed. The last time there I had my grandkids join me and we had a great morning.. walking , talking , watching the birds, ducks along the San Antonio River. I would recommend this trail to all... family friendly.!

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Corbin Stokes
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Road biking

Fun trail between the missions

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James Valent
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Of all the mission trails this will be my spot to run when in town! Loved the variety of terrain and the view especially. Go around 7 or 8am it doesn't get packed till after 8am.

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Altrice N
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Peaceable area and a long and nicely paved trail with mile markers labeled in the side walk. You can go a number of directions and around the river. Beware of the high volume of bicyclists if youre on foot or want to take your dogs.

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Clint Davis
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This was a good relaxing trail.

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Leah Hollier
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Road biking

This is part of a wonderful path that make it easy get to.There are walk ways around the compound that allows you to meander around. The mission is currently under construction, but that does not stop anyone to being able to enjoy it. I very much recommend the ride out there

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Paul Emmons
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Hiking

I never knew these missions were here til I found this trail. The missions and history of this area is amazing. This entire trail from the Alamo to the San Francisco De La Espada is 10 miles or better. However they have "B Cycle" rentals here all along the trail $10/24 hours you just have check the bike in at the check stations along the route. Very neat indeed! I will sdfinitely be back to do the entire trek.

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Katrina O'Coin
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Walking

beautiful area. Trails are under construction at this time. I will definitely go back when the trails are complete. Currently there is a small half mile loop.

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Alyse Webster
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JAMIE PK
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Jeffrey Guerra
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Kevin Horton
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Mikayla Hamilton
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Elizabeth Closna
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Rick McKay
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Kevin Horton
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Heather Vest
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Michael Berlanga
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Kevin Horton
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Connie Partish
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