San Antonio is a city on the west on Houston Texas, and the southwest of Austin. A large part of its total area in square miles is land (1,307 km²). The city has a gentle terrain covered with vegetation like oak trees, mesquite, cacti and other forest trees. It sits on the Balcones escarpment with an altitude of 662 feet above sea level.
|1,307 km² / 504.6 mi²
|6 m / 19.7 ft
|41 m / 134.5 ft
San Antonio’s population is 1.452 million with 2,875.86 people per square meter. The city’s median age is 32. 48% of the population are males and 52% females. Hispanics and African Americans are a significant part of the population.
San Antonio’s climate is transitional humid subtropical. The summers are hot, long and humid and the winters are mild to cool. July to August are the warmest months ideal for biking. January is the coldest month in the city and May, June, and October are the rainy months. Except for the summer months, be sure to check the weather forecast when planning a ride on any of the trails in the city.
Despite being one of the major car-dependent cities in the U.S, San Antonio has an efficient rail and bus system for public transport. You can easily get around the city on your bike. The San Antonio airport is in uptown and Stinson Municipal airport is south of downtown.
Although largely disconnected, San Antonio’s biking infrastructure constitutes 136 miles of bicycle paths, routes and lanes within the city. The city has a bronze-level ‘Bicycle-friendly community’ designation by the League of American Bicyclists.
It also has a bike sharing service with 140 bikes on 14 locations. The service is supported by Central Hub and serves both residents and visitors. You can get a bike and explore of the scenic trails like Salado Creek Greenway, Leon Creek Greenway and the Medina River.
The most famous, must-see San Antonio landmarks on and off-bike include;
On the trails you may encounter various wild animals like golden-cheeked warblers, coyotes, herons, egrets, and various bird species. You will also love the trails’ tranquil nature, beautiful prairies or open meadows, and spectacular creek views.
A ride on San Antonio Mission trail, will get you up close to the UNESCO world heritage site which is the only in all 16 national parks in Texas. You can also stop to explore the history and amazing architecture of the four Spanish colonial missions.
The Hillview nature trail has wildflowers that bloom and fill up every bit of the view offering beautiful views in spring.
The Salado Creek Greenway trail has two segments. The first segment is the famous Voelcker farmstead which is an archeological site. It also features the Walker Ranch Historic Landmark park which has scenic natural landscapes, a large pavilion, restrooms, and playgrounds. You will also come by the Robert L.B Tobin Park which is a popular spot for bird watching. You may spot warblers, hawks, owls, and buntings. The second segment of the trail has several parks including the Martin Luther King Park, SouthSide Lions Park, Comanche Park, and Pletz County Park.
San Antonio has multiple fun trails for cross-country and mountain biking with San Antonio Mission trail, Len Creek Greenway and Salado Creek Greenway topping the list as the city’s most popular options. The Salado Creek Greenway trail is the longest road biking tail in the city. It is the ideal place to go for cross-country cycling.
The Hill Country State Natural Area Highlights is one of the lesser known trails in the city.
The San Antonio Mission trail will give you access to the UNESCO World Heritiage Site. You can also go to parks with trails like the Garner State Park and Friedrick wilderness Park which is a home to a 10-mile trail.