Rio Medina Trail is a 12.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Antonio, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Length12.6 miElevation gain459 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningPartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Mari Gonzalez
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Hiking

Quiet. Lot’s of shade. Like that it’s an in and out back trail.

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Peter Nguyen
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David Arreguin
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Matthew Morris
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Juan Delgadillo
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Juan Delgadillo
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Mountain bikingGreat!

I think its well marked in case of an emergency. the only thing is missing would be bathrooms we did 16.4 miles round trip no bathrooms. but the trail its self is good.

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Mike Gaskey
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Nice hike!

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Richard Daggert
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Cara Thompson
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Well kept. Hot even in December.

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Alejandro Gonzalez
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Mountain bikingGreat!

muy divertido en bici muy bonito todos los desniveles que tiene se miran en el camino de diferentes animales

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Sonny Billings
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Cathy Lemmon
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Quiet and beautiful!

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Sonny Billings
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John Votion
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Road biking

Not a lot of people. No trails for mountain biking. Lots of switchbacks that are wheelchair ramps.

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Marcelo O Carrera Jr
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AppleWhite trail currently closed.

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Victoria Huggler
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Really beautiful. The elevation change wasn’t bad at all, and it wasn’t too slippery after it rained.

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Carol Maniscalco
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Road biking

Don’t bring a roadbike, the switchbacks are very hard

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Samantha Goldstein
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Road biking

Great trail challenging switchbacks around mile marker 8.

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Samantha Goldstein
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Paved trail closed at 3/4 mile for repairs.

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John Garr
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Road biking

Tried to take trail from Medina River Nature area, but trail was closed about a mile in, wish they had signage. Drove to Applewhite trailhead (mile 3) and took long ride to Mitchell Lake trailhead (mile 11.5) and back. Accidentally started in wrong direction, found closed trail to Medina again, which added 1.5 miles at beginning. Very nice overall, but not easy on a road bike. Some areas between miles 3 to 5 are roughly paved. The switchbacks are pretty challenging, every one to three miles. Definitely should not be rated easy for bicyclist, I would not take an inexperienced biker here. Switchbacks go down, requiring near stop to turn with heavy braking, then immediately go up, requiring low gears while losing momentum on very sharp uphill turns. Atmosphere and scenery is very pleasant and relaxing. Saw wild boars past mile 8, surprised me. Also saw deer, but no snakes. Bring plenty of fluids, it's remote and tiring on a hot day, even with most areas having overhead shade.

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Hasan ibn Sabah
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Mountain biking

beautiful path that highlights the flora of the south Texas plains and the riparian habitat of the Medina River. Good signage and interesting river overlooks throughout.

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Analisa Lara
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Fun trail, some switchbacks and 4 different trails to choose from as you keep riding. A mix of shade and sunny areas, we enjoyed it as beginners.

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Donald Sparks
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Rode this trail and it was quite the workout. I was surprised there were many winding hills to engage, both uphill and downhill. I started off the main highway entrance, and rode 7 miles out before making a U-turn and heading back... mainly because it was hot! I'll hit it again in the future

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Gavin Zarate
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Mountain biking

I loved this trail it’s Easy to get lost but it’s really fun and there’s spots to stop and go to the river to take a break

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John May
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Totally enjoyed this trail! It’s not hard so don’t expect a tough hike! It’s very pleasant and cool things to look at on the trail!

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X Fernandez
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Road biking

Some of the paved stretches are a bit rough for a true road bike, but still doable. One stretch of about 100 yards is a caliche detour. Challenging switch backs. Truly unique from other SA area trails because of the switchbacks.

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Graen Casasola
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very easy trail but muddy and humid by the river

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Jacob Diaz
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Hiking

its not much for views. good if you want an easy straight forward decent length hike or bike ride. not recommended honestly. all paved.

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Jonathan Lynn
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Hiking

Great trail to hike. Vast majority is concrete. Upper river trail is closed at the time of this review.

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