Seeing the San Antonio Missions via the Hike and Bike Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A graduate of Penn State with a degree in accounting, Reid Hackney has decades of executive experience with companies such as A’gaci, LLC, and Ascena Retail Group. Now residing in San Antonio, Reid Hackney enjoys biking to the area’s local missions.

Built in the late 18th century by Spanish priests, San Antonio’s missions invite visitors on bicycle via the Hike & Bike Trail. The five missions of the Alamo, Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada lie approximately 2.5 miles apart along the trail and the San Antonio River, and offer insight into the state’s history.

The mission park also includes a visitor center, located at Mission San Jose, where visitors can learn more about the history of the missions and the local area. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for holidays, the visitor center features an ongoing showing of a historical film.

For those planning on visiting the missions via the Hike & Bike Trail, San Antonio’s B-Cycle program offers a bicycle rental system with a dock station at each site. Other stations lie scattered across the city for further explorations.

San Antonio’s Hike and Bike Trail

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Reid Hackney earned his bachelor of science at Penn State and served in senior executive positions in several companies, including A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas, and the Ascena Retail Group in Suffern, Nevada. He played significant roles in the impressive growth of both companies. Now retired, Reid Hackney enjoys hiking and cycling in the San Antonio area, including on the Missions Hike and Bike Trail in San Antonio.

The Missions Hike and Bike Trail runs along the San Antonio River and connects the historic Alamo with four missions to the south. The distance from one mission to the next is about two miles or so, and there are restrooms, picnic tables, and water fountains along the way. As the trail is mostly flat, it is an easy ride or walk for most. On the way, you’ll pass over bridges and through meadows filled with wildflowers and dotted with oaks.

After the Alamo, you’ll reach Mission Concepcion, with its robust stone church, then Mission San Jose with its still-standing cloister walls and decorated facade. There are also the remains of an irrigation system as well as a bell tower at Mission San Juan. Last, at Mission Espada, you’ll see a dam and an aqueduct, remnants of a once prosperous agricultural area. The trail route is out and back, and bicycles are available for rent. If visiting during San Antonio’s hot summer, it is important to bring water plenty of water.