San Antonio Mission Trail is a 15.2 mile lightly trafficked loop 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail guides people from each of the missions in San Antonio. The word mission usually connotes religion. It's true that San Antonio's missions revolved around religion and faith, but it doesn't describe the importance or full scope for any of them. Though intentionally created to spread the Catholic faith, missions are not churches. The church is merely one building among several in any mission. Each complex served as a separate, unique community. All four churches (Mission Concepcin's, Mission San Jose's, Mission San Juan Capistrano's, and Mission Espada's) have active Catholic congregations. Though the congregations haven't been continuously active since the 1700s, many of today's members are direct descendants of the Indians who built the churches. In addition to the families, the missions served as the foundation for much of what you'll see in Texas today. The architecture, food, culture, textiles, and more all began in the missions in one way or another. Each is different and several served as important sites during the Texas Revolution. When you visit the missions, be careful. These are historic structures and the masonry may not be able to hold your weight (such as if you decide to try and walk atop a retaining wall). Also, some structures may not be accessible due to restoration work or otherwise.
Biked this trail in the spring and it was wonderful. Very easy and everyone using the path is very friendly. The sites are really cool, and history behind them is fascinating. Nice views of the river and some of downtown if you hit the right spots.
Beautiful missions. Had the honor to participate in one of the masses on Spanish.
There wasn't that much to see on the trail itself. The whole trail is paved. If you plan to visit the missions this is a lot longer than 15 miles. This is a great bike trail not good for hiking.
One of the most beautiful trails in TX. This is an east trail, all paved and road bike will do. You can start in downtown or mission Espada, and for the most part switch riding sides. Watch for families and fisherman on the sides, some sharp turns but overall incredible ride. We like to start at the blue art gallery in downtown and finish back there for a good cold beer!
This is good for road biking definitely, but hard when there are walkers on the trail not paying attention. I try to take my best friend and son here as much as I can.
Really nice trails, paved throughout, very peaceful strolling along the river. Lots of birds,ducks,etc. and native landscapes , it's a great nature trail. There are tons of places to stop along the way, some in the shade, some not. It is in the sun most of the trail, so sunscreen,hat & water are a must. During the summer months go early. Also paved trails can be hard on the feet if you are not used to it, wear appropriate foot gear.
Don't forget the sunscreen
This is not a hiking trail or even walking trail in summer due to no shade and complete cement sidewalk. Good for joggers or bike riders
Nice, easy paved bike trail. If you bike to all of the missions you'll run into several portions of the trip that are on city streets with some traffic. Very little shade and very hot in the summer. Wear sunscreen and take plenty of water.
Awesome trail! They went all out when they built it! I go there sometimes and rent the Bcycles along the trail. Very nice!