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Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.

 

Leon Creek Greenway - San Antonio, Texas

 

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The City of San Antonio’s efforts to keep citizens and visitors active and healthy while also connecting them with nature are on a roll, thanks in part to the Linear Creekways Development Program.

On any given day in San Antonio, you’ll find dozens of people of all ages, walking, jogging, running, cycling, skate- boarding, and enjoying nature along a 13.5 mile stretch of the Alamo City’s Leon Creek Greenway. This segment of trail stretches from Loop 1604 and IH-10 to Ingram Road.

Leon Creek Greenway currently offers over 17 miles of paved, multi-use trails plus natural surface paths and connections to city parks. Special Projects Manager Brandon Ross, who heads up the Linear Creekways Development Program, says “Leon Creek trail users are enjoying views of limestone bluffs, fields of colorful wildflowers, and stands of beautiful cottonwoods and other heritage trees. They’re also experiencing wildlife like never before. They’re spotting deer, armadillo, raccoon, and a wide variety of birds, including the great horned owl.”

 

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Great horned owls on the nest along Leon Creek; Photo by Lora Render

 

The City of San Antonio sits at the confluence of four ecological regions:

• Blackland prairie

• Post oak savanna

• South Texas plains

• Edwards Plateau.

Each region features distinct varieties of soil, flora, and fauna. Numerous springs, creeks, and rivers arise as a result of fault lines along one the of nation’s largest karst limestone aquifers, known as the Edward’s Aquifer. This abundance of water along with a wide variety of vegetation and mild temperatures makes San Antonio a great location for bird watching.

The Leon Creek Greenway features connections to several parks, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and numerous adjacent neighborhoods and businesses. A trailhead at VIA’s Ingram Road Transit Center provides direct bus access for trail users. Additional trailheads include way-finding maps and other information.

 

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Along the Leon Greenway Trail Near O P Schnabel Park

 

A total of 41 miles of developed greenway trails are now open to the public. The trail systems funding to date incorporates 89 miles of planned trails in an overall system goal that could ultimately yield 130 miles of hike and bike trails along the creekways. The Leon Creek Greenway was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2012.

“In keeping with former Mayor Howard Peak’s vision, the goal of the Linear Creek Greenway Development program is to encircle the City with easily accessible hike and bike trails that will connect people to nature while also creating a very pedestrian and bike friendly City,” Ross says.

 

For more information:

http://www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/greenway_trails.aspx

Download a map of the City of San Antonio Greenways Plan (pdf 4.5 mb)

 

 

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