Rio Medina Trail

EASY 96 reviews

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.

Distance: 12.6 miles Elevation Gain: 459 feet Route Type: Out & Back


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


bird watching


partially paved



wild flowers


no dogs

Please note: the upper portion of this river trail may be closed.

10 days ago

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!

road biking
4 months ago

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.

over grown
5 months ago

very easy trail but muddy and humid by the river

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

11 months ago

This trail is calming. There are trails that go near the river or that are surrounded by trees and few small prairies. People hike, walk their dogs, run, have picnics, fish. The parts of the trail closer to the river are shady, the Medina river green way trail has less shade, you should definitely wear a hat and bring water if you are walking this trail on a hot day, also the trail closer to Jet road entrance has some steep curves. There are flowers to view during spring time. I have seen wild pigs, an armadillo, I saw a black baby wild pig crossing the trail the other day. Also a water moccasin crossed my path as well as a checkered garter snake. Usually see vultures, hawks and crested caracaras. During migration we were privileged one year to hear and see a juvenile bald eagle flying overhead. A part of the trail on the green way is re routed currently.

Sun Feb 03 2019

It was an easy but very peaceful walk along the river.

Fri Jan 04 2019

Starting off the trail you will be in more of a pasture land until you get down by the river. The trees and scenery are great and makes you forget you are close to the city. Downside was the trail was closed down at mile 3 and the park rangers do not have a timeline of when it will be open again. Restrooms were very clean. The sidewalks are very nice, however be careful when wet as they become very slippery.

Fri Nov 16 2018

This trail offers it all! From rivers to forests to deserts to steep hills to historic/haunted sites! The farther you go into the trail, the more peaceful & shaded. There is lots of natural life to see such as flowers, armadillos, & snakes. It's perfect for walkers, hikers, bikers, etc. I recommend parking on the Highway 16 side & heading west towards Applewhite Rd. I used to live right down the road & now I'm in Florida & miss this trail so much.

Mon Sep 24 2018

Awesome, peaceful, great trails!

Fri Jul 13 2018

Great variety of trails but nothing too extreme. Lots of shades trail yet still plenty breezy on windy days. Perfect for family outings.

Wed Jul 04 2018

switch back are hell great pave bike trail lots of shade take plenty of water

Wed Jul 04 2018

Great clean trails for training..

Mon Feb 26 2018

Went February and weather was good. The unpaved trail is alright and links up to river, but not moderate trail and really easy. The paved trail is nice and good for beginners. Next time I'm bring my bike to enjoy more.

road biking
Sat Dec 02 2017

Great paved path for biking along the Greenway.

Wed Oct 11 2017

I was thoroughly impressed at what this unexpected gem of a natural area and trails had to offer. Something for just about everyone and within a short drive for a short getaway for the everyday worker. Long hike, short hike, 1-18 mile run, bike paved, bike unpaved, mostly disabled accessible areas, fishing, bird watching, camp, group event pavilions, shade. Hidden among miles of farmland and along the river. Amazing variety of massive ancient trees along the river trails. You can park at the Natural Preserve Area or the Old Applewhite Rd, which cuts the long trail in half.

Sun Sep 17 2017

Loved the scenery very enjoyable

Tue May 30 2017

Very nice trail! Well maintained, with lots of spots to stop and rest. Defiantly pay attention when walking around some of the curves/bends on the trails, walked right up on a snake!

Mon Apr 24 2017

I hiked the full trail and it's actually over 14 miles. There's a lot of sunny areas so bring lots of water. Don't try the full trail unless you're ready.

Mon Apr 03 2017

Nice trail along stream but it's definitely not 13 miles out and back.

Fri Nov 04 2016

trail is pretty awesome! Watch out for hogs, ran the trail twice and ran into an adult hog on the trail on mile 8. wasn't ready to climb a tree

Sun Oct 16 2016

I love this trail! It was very peaceful. I only ran into two hikers the whole trail.

Mon Sep 05 2016

Great trail!

Sat Sep 03 2016

Great spot .. buuuuut picked the wrong day to explore.. so many gnats.. lol be we are going back soon

Tue Jul 26 2016

Awsome 3 mile favorite trail was towards the 2 mile mark...the bird singing, the deer, the breeze was incredible. The weather was perfect cloudy and misty.

Sat Jul 16 2016

Love this place, great walking trails, areas to sit and take a break if needed. Take your own water!! No fountains or any other source provided. Don't forget about you pets too

mountain biking
Sun Apr 17 2016

What a great morning ride. The canopy of trees along the river offered cool and shady ride with the cacophony of birds contributing to your overall experience . The trail continues up through meadows and brush land, so you get it all with a winding, multi elevation ride including steep switchbacks. The naturalists were very helpful to us describing the lay of the trail. The trail maintenance was superb. Clean bathrooms. Can't wait to ride this one in the fall.

Wed Apr 13 2016

I go to this trail 2-3 times a week. very peaceful and love the trail

Sat Jul 12 2014

A decent trail, few ups and downs but nothing difficult. Peaceful, quiet, and serene. This time of the year definitely start early in the morning, beat the Texas heat to the punch. Another plus, everyone is really friendly.

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