King William is a historic residential and commercial district located just south of the San Antonio downtown core. Development in this area dates back to the 1790s and the neighborhood's unique character is a reflection of this history. Local businesses including restaurants, shops, and services are located on the east side along St. Mary’s Street and on the northwest side of the river where warehouses have been converted to artists studios, trendy eateries, and original shops. The neighborhood is filled with lots of interesting destinations, however, the river and train tracks create an impediment to travel and need to be crossed at designated crossing spots.
San Antonio weather is warm and pleasant during the spring and fall, hot and humid in summer, and wet and cool in winter. Freezing rain that occasionally occurs in winter months makes walking surfaces icy. Thunderstorms and flash floods are possible during summer months and dog walkers should seek shelter and postpone outings during severe weather.
The San Antonio River runs through this historic neighborhood. There is a railyard on the west side of the waterway that is not a pedestrian-friendly area and should ultimately be avoided. The rest of the community, however, is full of large beautiful historic homes with well landscaped properties. Smaller, more moderate homes are also present in the neighborhood, but many still maintain unique character and architectural features, although they are not as elaborate.
Residential roads are lined with sidewalks and many even have grassy berms between pedestrian ways and trafficked lanes which provide cool footing for puppy paws, more greenery, and add to pedestrian safety. The terrain in the area is flat and there are no steep hills to climb while strolling the area with your pup. There are also old industrial warehouses on the west side that have been converted to provide commercial and residential spaces.
Bridges, tunnels, and other interesting landscape features can be found along the trail as well as restaurants, bars, unique shops, artwork, and historic sites. Festivals and events are held in venues along the walk at different times of the year and access by canine companions may be limited during special events. Several parks are within easy walking distance down the trail as you head to the south with your furry friend.