There’s an eight-mile stretch along the San Antonio River called Mission Reach, and if you’ve got the time to explore it, then the city is ready to help you do it.
Extending from South Alamo Street to Mission Espada below Loop 410, this recently revitalized nature preserve is officially the perfect place to walk, hike, bike or paddle. The Mission Reach project saw the restoration of river and woodland features while also reintroducing native plants and reconnecting the city with its culture and history.
Stock up on hiking gear at Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters before heading out to explore urban nature at its finest.
For bikers, local options abound when it comes to renting two wheels. Join the San Antonio B-Cycle program, which has more than 50 bike stations around the city where you can grab a bike and go. Members can pick up bikes from one B-station and drop off at another. Just in town for a few days? There’s a 24-hour membership too.
Blue Star Bike Shop on South Alamo, in the Blue Star Complex next to the river, has a huge selection that ranges from electric to BMX to cruisers. Bike World San Antonio, with its three locations, is another great rental option.
For paddling, Mission Reach is conducive for any skill level, thanks to its relatively flat water. For beginners, put in at Espada Dam where others are likely to be (and offer help if needed). For the serious paddler, head to VFW Boulevard and go south.
Whatever your skill level, don’t forget to just float and enjoy the beauty around you.