Dogs living in San Antonio are lucky to have access
to the Salado Creek Greenway. Part of the city’s Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail
System, this trail was once an underdeveloped floodplain. Furtunately, it’s now a
puptastic trail where people and their pets can work up a sweat.
Since Salado Creek Greenway is pretty long, it’s divided
into four segments. The first of the northern segments begins near Huebner
Road. A paved trail winds along Salado Creek for about two miles until it comes
to the well loved Phil Hardberger Park. This park is definitely worth checking
out with your pup before you continue your journey.
The next section of the trail runs from the Blanco Road entrance of Phil Hardberger Park to McAllister Park. This 5.6 mile stretch is paved
and multi-use. Your four legged friend will wag their tail as they trot along
and enjoy the large Pecan and Live Oak trees that line Salado Creek. Help them yield to oncoming traffic as necessary.
From McAllister Park, the trail runs seven miles south to
John James Park on Rittman Road. As they mosey along this section, your pupster
will enjoy natural landscape and walk cross a boardwalk that cuts through
beautiful wetlands. This section of the trail connects with both Lady Bird
Johnson Park and Tobin Park.
The southern section of the trail begins in Jack White
Park and ends in Southside Lions Park. If your pup is a nature lover, then this is sure to be their furvorite
segment. It meanders through thick groves of Oak, Pecan and Texas Cedar Elm
trees. Here the stream is home to turtles, fish, and waterfowl.
The trail has various trailheads and access points, so it’s
a good idea to check a map and plan your journey before leaving home. Don’t
forget to bring plenty of water and clean up bags. This trail will make your
pup one happy hound!