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SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Distance
29.00 miles
Float Time
4-12 hours
Difficulty
Experience Recommended
Canoe shoots or Riffles
Yes
Landscape Type
Rural
Cell Phone Access
Variable
Considerations
Bring ample drinking water
Some tree shade present
Log jams may be present
Banks are mostly soft mud
Access Information

The trail begins at the River Authority’s River Crossing Park on the San Antonio River in Bexar County. Near Floresville, Texas in Wilson County, there are additional access points at Graytown Park on the San Antonio River, at John William Helton – San Antonio River Nature Park, at County Road 117, and at Texas Highway 97 in Floresville River Park.

Discovery Information

Intriguing geologic features, tall shady trees, and peacefully flowing waters make the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail a paddling adventure that is unmatched in the San Antonio area. This trail has a wild feel as it courses a little over 29 miles through parts of Bexar and Wilson Counties, yet it is connected to rural parks to access amenities such as picnic tables, restrooms, and parking. The flow rate can vary, so it is a good idea to check out flow conditions before heading out to the paddling trail. If you time your excursion just right, you might happen upon a community event at John William Helton Nature Park when you conclude your paddling trip.

You may be wondering, “what is the origin of the name SASPAMCO?” SASPAMCO is a small community in southern Bexar County whose name is an acronym for the San Antonio Sewer Pipe Manufacturing Company, a company that was the predominant employer in the community until the 1960’s. The company has since closed, but the name has remained.

SASPAMCO Paddling Trail
Paddling under a bridge along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Paddling under a bridge along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Paddling near a cliff along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Paddling near a cliff along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Putting in along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Putting in along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Serene area of the San Antonio River while padding along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Serene area of the San Antonio River while padding along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Stopping point in the San Antonio River while padding along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Stopping point in the San Antonio River while padding along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

An access point along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

An access point along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Paddling in a treed area along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

Paddling in a treed area along the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

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