SARA Nature Parks

SARA currently operates three nature parks in the San Antonio River Basin. Nature based parks increase quality of life in the basin and foster a greater awareness and appreciation for the river and the natural resources it provides. We believe increased appreciation for the river and its tributaries will encourage increased preservation and conservation of this vital resource.

Nature parks are different from traditional parks because they emphasize and embrace the natural resources of the park property and minimizing human impact on nature. In nature parks, park structures are minimal and public use is focused to activities that promote recreation and nature study while protecting the natural ecosystem.

Education is a key component of SARA's Nature Based Park Program. SARA frequently hosts events, educational programs and guided walks at our park properties. For a listing of upcoming events and programs visit our event calendar.

John William Helton San Antonio River Nature Park

The John William Helton San Antonio River Nature Park is a 98-acre park owned and operated by the San Antonio River Authority.

The river access point of this park is currently open seven days a week between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This access point serves as the end point of the Saspamco Paddling trail.


Wilson County, FM 775 between the San Antonio River at CR 128, outside the community of Calaveras.

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Branch River Park, Goliad

Branch River park is a 4.2 acre park that links Goliad's historic courthouse square to the San Antonio River, as well as the Angel of Goliad Hike & Bike Trail and the Ferry Street River Access Site.


East Fannin Street between Commercial St. and Market St.

Hours of Operation:

Daily, dawn to dusk

Facilities Available:

  • park trail
  • benches
  • picnic tables
  • drinking fountain
  • park toilet
  • pavilion
  • 9-hole disc golf course
  • natural area

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Jackson Nature Park

Jackson Nature Park is a 50 acre park owned by Wilson County and managed by the San Antonio River Authority. Activities that can be enjoyed at this park include hiking, nature study, bird watching and picnicking.


Wilson County Road 401 at Cibolo Creek
Between Floresville and Stockdale

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Hours of Operation: Daily 9:00 a.m. to dusk
Admission: $1.00 per person
Facilities Available:
  • unpaved parking
  • natural surface trail systems
  • tables
  • benches
  • park toilet

Trail Use: Pedestrians only. Stay on designated trails. Use caution: native plants and animals can bite, cut or sting. Closed-toe footwear is recommended. On-site water will be available in mid-October 2010.

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