San Antonio River Authority logo

Trail Etiquette

Share the Trail: Respect Other Users. Expect Other Users

Trail Etiquette Suggestions for use of Hike and Bike Trails and Paddling Trails

All hike and bike trail users should be prepared, safe and courteous and observe posted hours for trail use. Proper hike and bike trail etiquette will help ensure that everyone safely enjoys the hike and bike trails, so please practice the following behaviors.

Hike and Bike Trails


  • Stay to your right on the trail leaving room for others to pass you on your left.
  • Be aware of your surroundings; if listening to music, only use one ear bud or keep the volume low enough to hear external voices and sounds.
  • If there are small children in your group, make sure they stay by your side and safe from other traffic on the trail.
  • Keep your pets on short leashes; leashes going across the trail can be hazardous to others, and please pick up after your pets.
  • Come prepared to enjoy the trail by wearing proper shoes and by bringing water and sunscreen.


A message from our friends at SWell Cycle about the Mission Reach trail system:“Remember to dock at Mission Espada, it’s the last stop.”

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Pass on the left; let all others on the trail know you are approaching by calling out “rider(s) up on your left” and thank them after passing.
  • Be aware of your surroundings; slow down when sight lines are poor and when approaching pedestrians.
  • Ride at a casual speed.
  • Come prepared to enjoy the trail by making sure your equipment is in proper working order and by bringing water, sunscreen and an extra tube with tools.

All hike and bike trail users:

  • This is a family-friendly river park. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Be courteous; share the trail.
  • If you are traveling in a group, do not block the entire trail; during times of heavy traffic, travel in single file. When approaching maintenance workers, take necessary precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of the maintenance staff
  • Dispose of trash properly.
  • No glass containers.
  • No alcoholic beverages.
  • Keep pets on a leash.
  • Pick up after pets.
  • Horses are not permitted.
  • Motorized vehicles, including segways, scooters, and motorized bikes are not permitted, and are subject to City of San Antonio citations. Motor vehicles utilized for handicapped accessibility purposes are allowed.
  • Do not feed the squirrels, ducks, or other wildlife.
  • Contact 911 for all emergencies and (210) 207-SAPD for all non-emergencies.
  • No overnight camping.
  • Caution: Do not proceed if water covers the trail.

Please contact Michael Gramley at (210) 302-3259 or click here if you are interested in learning how to hold an event using the Museum Reach or Mission Reach trail system.

For more safety tips and rules about cycling in San Antonio, visit SAbikes.

Paddling Trails
Sharing the Trails with Wildlife