Avenida Guadalupe is a residential neighborhood with some commercial activity located southeast of San Antonio's downtown core. The area dates back to the 1920s and many area buildings reflect the character of that era. There are businesses including shops, restaurants, and other services located among many thoroughfares in the area such as Zarzamora Street, Guadalupe Street, and Laredo Street. Necessary services are well distributed in the region and easy to reach on foot.
San Antonio weather can present some issues for walking as extreme heat, freezing rain, and severe storms can create issues. Although weather in San Antonio is usually warm, sunny, and perfect for walking with your dog, there are some exceptions! During the summer, extreme heat and humidity can cause heat-related illnesses, so try to avoid waking during the height of the day. Severe thunderstorms with high winds and torrential rain can also pose a threat, so check local forecasts for imminent severe weather.
Apache Creek runs through the neighborhood, as does a set of train tracks, and both present impediments to on foot travel as they must be crossed at appropriate spots. There is a cemetery located in the neighborhood which provides manicured green space.
Most of the area is comprised of moderately sized, single-family homes on landscaped properties which back onto narrow lanes with well-sized backyards. Residential streets usually have separate sidewalks for pedestrians. There are some housing and apartment complexes in the area and commercial activity along busy thoroughfares. Watch out for traffic on busy streets when crossing. Luckily, the terrain is mostly flat and pedestrians do not have to contend with steep hills.
Amistad Park is just north of Martinez Park and provides more recreational facilities, but most importantly to dog walkers, access to the Apache Creek Trailway. This 8-mile asphalt-surfaced pedestrian trail provides access through several communities, parks, natural space, and recreational areas. The trail is fairly open and not well shaded, so caution should be used during hot, humid weather. Pack lots of water for you and your pet and use sunscreen.
San Juan Brady Park and Escobar Park are also located in the neighborhood and provide greenways with recreational amenities for local residents.