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.
Helton-San Antonio River Nature Park
NOTICE: THE HELTON-SAN ANTONIO RIVER NATURE PARK WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY BEGINNING MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS CLOSURE IS DUE TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL WITHIN THE PARK. ALONG WITH THE TRAIL CLOSURE, PADDLING TRAIL ACCESS WILL ALSO BE CLOSED. PADDLERS MUST TAKE OUT AT THE PADDLING ACCESS POINT LOCATED AT 1239 CR 125, FLORESVILLE, TX 78112. PARK AND PADDLING ACCESS WILL REMAIN OPEN ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS.
The 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 for weekend use 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
- park trail
- picnic tables
- drinking fountain
- park toilet
- 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|
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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