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“Not very walkable for the average person”
Review of Mission Trail

Mission Trail
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A pedestrian route that starts at the Alamo and winds nine miles along the San Antonio River passing four other historical missions.
Hereford, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Not very walkable for the average person”
Reviewed January 30, 2008

It's been five years since the first review and not much has changed.

I walked this trail last weekend during a warm spell. I parked my van just south of the Visitor's Center at Mission San Jose and walked to Mission San Juan. It was a hot, exposed trail along the San Antonio levy. The few pecan trees offered no shade at this time. I walked down to Mission Espada, the most southern mission. The entire walk, plus the stops at the two most southern missions, took me three hours. I was exhausted. I walked this trail more for the exercise than the scenery. (I am a distance runner)

There is not much to see along this trail besides the missions that are hidden off the trail. What I did like was watching the Great Blue Herons, Sharp-shinned Hawks, cormorants, egrets and other birds along the creek. (The San Antonio river at this point is a small, untamed river prone to flooding). The visitor's center at the Mission San Jose is also worthy of a stop.

There was a lot of trash along the trail: beer bottles, pop cans, plastic bags. It did not add to the beauty of this trail.

I would recommend this trail for cyclists or joggers or avid power hikers. A round trip to all four missions would easily add ten miles to one's walking/hiking log.

Signs in the parking lots of each mission warn visitors to keep valuables out of sight in the vehicles. Even a park ranger warned of frequent break-ins. That put me ill at ease but my van was not broken into.

Each mission is worthy of a visit but even I must say that this trail is not recommendable for families with young children or for slow walkers. There is only water at the mission sites and not along the trail.

Plans are in the works for the mission trail to be connected to the San Antonio river walk further north by 2010. I walked the River Walk the next day from south to north and back and liked that trail so much more, for its foliage and tranquility. (The touristy part in the center of town was also nice...early on a Sunday morning.)

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Columbia, South Carolina
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“drive it or possibly bike it”
Reviewed May 22, 2005

sorta hard to traverse, but worth it when you view the old missions, one of which i liked better than the alamo. take a couple three hours to do the whole deal. a good afternoons history entertainment. take a map, and dont get lost...enjoy!

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SA, TX
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“Pedestrian?? You Had Better Drive!”
Reviewed March 13, 2004

The Mission Trail is wonderful, but you certainly had better drive.
This is NOT a walking (pedestrian) trail as stated. In any case be sure and go on the Mission Trail as part of your trip here. There are so many wonderful missions, many of them much more beautiful than the Alamo. In actuality, the Alamo is a tad boring and commercialized.

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Kemah, Texas
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“Not a walking trail”
Reviewed July 6, 2003

Don't even think about walking this trail. It is way too long and takes you into neighborhoods you don't want to be walking in and into rural areas without much civilation. Definitely worth checking out if you have a car. Bring plenty of bottled water if you're walking around the missions. Otherwise you'll be sorry.

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