Trail Projects

If you have an idea for a natural surface trail project, please contact us with some details and we can help create a proposal to present to the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department (SAPAR) for consideration.  Please complete the Contact Us form and select the “Trails” topic in the drop down menu.

Trail Work Volunteer Opportunities

Trail Development

McAllister Park Red Trail Creek Jumps Rebuild Project
Status: Planning and design stage
Location: Google Map link
File location: STORM Google Drive folder (read-only)
Description: Blog post
Next Step: Collect design recommendations from MTB community and compile into actionable designs for the jump lines before scheduling a group walk-through and then presenting to San Antonio Parks & Recreation (SAPAR) for approval before proceeding with construction.

Olmos Basin Park Trail Signage Project
Status: IMBA Dig In grant awarded – currently accepting community donations for matching grant.
Map: Trailforks | MTB Project
Description: Create up-to-date map of all trails within Olmos Basin Park and determine trail names. Perform trail maintenance and repair on trails. Install wayfinding and educational signage on Olmos Basin Park natural surface trails.
Next Step: Fundraising ongoing – Olmos Basin Park Trail System Signage Project (imba.com)

Classen-Steubing Natural Area MTB-Only Trails
Status: Trail design and layout stage
Map: Trailforks | MTB Project
Description: Design stage of MTB-only trails
Next Step: Right of Entry obtained. Trail work to begin September 2021. Schedule TBD.

Mann’s Crossing Bike Park (aka “Old Catfish Farm”)
Status: Awaiting meeting with San Antonio River Authority (SARA)
Description: SARA is partnering with STORM in an effort to build a bike park on the proposed property.
Next Step: Plan Chillin-N-Grillin with new director of SARA Parks.

Pearsall Park – Shared Use Trail and Flow Trail Design
Status: Trail design phase is complete
Description: One thing that the COVID-19 public health crisis has shown us is that there is a tremendous demand for safe and accessible trails for exercising and exploring the outdoors. This project will fund the professional design of a shared use trail system and flow trail in a 500 acre park located in the southwest part of San Antonio where there is a disproportionate lack of these types of trails. We believe there is tremendous untapped potential at Pearsall Park to create a regional destination for those seeking natural surface trails for riding their bikes. The trail design will encompass both shared-use natural surface trails and flow trail(s), depending on the total amount raised.
Next Step: Work towards securing funding for phased construction of trails through private funding and/or 2022 bond money in City Council District 4.

Devil’s Den Trail Development
Status: Phase two ongoing
Description: Developed and built 2.5 miles of new trails on SAPAR property along Leon Creek Greenway between the Grissom and Ingram Via Transit Center trailheads historically known as “Devil’s Den”. An additional 3 miles of new trails have been designed and approved for building. (Trailforks | MTB Project)
Trails Completed:
Deception Trail – 0.7 miles (Trailforks | MTB Project)
Treachery Trail – 0.4 miles (Trailforks | MTB Project)
Limbo Trail – 0.7 miles (Trailforks | MTB Project)
Saddle Way Trail – 0.4 miles (Trailforks | MTB Project)
Carnage Trail – 0.4 miles (Trailforks | MTB Project)
Next Step: Three miles of new trails have been designed and approved by SAPAR. Scheduling trail work days for trail corridor clearing and trail building.

McAllister Park – Pump Track and MTB Skills Course
Status: Construction of pump track and beginner MTB skills course is complete. Outer skills loop, lighting, and pump track enhancements have been approved for funding from the 2022 bond.
Description: Asphalt pump track and inner beginner MTB skills course is currently under construction in McAllister Park. The funds for this project originated from the 2017 community bond fund. The outer intermediate MTB skills course loop will be completed using 2022 bond funds.
Next Step: Awaiting notice of Public Input Meetings for outer skills loop, lighting, and pump track enhancements.

Pearsall Park – Pump Track and Kid’s Bike Zone
Status: Pump track and kid’s bike zone are complete and open
Description: Asphalt pump track and kid’s bike zone constructed in Pearsall Park. The funds for this project originated from the 2017 community bond fund.
Next Step: Project complete

O.P. Schnabel Park “Perimeter Loop” Trail Signage Project
Status: In progress
Map: Trailforks | MTB Project
Description: Install signage on Perimeter Loop trail in O.P. Schnabel Park
Next Step: Obtain approval for proposed signage placement. Schedule workdays to install signs.

Leon Creek Greenway “Don Sleeper Loop” Trail Signage Project
Status: In progress
Map: Trailforks | MTB Project
Description: Install signage on Don Sleeper Loop trail on Leon Creek Greenway (LCG) south of OP Schnabel Park and north of Bandera Rd.
Next Step: Obtain approval for proposed signage placement. Schedule workdays to install signs. Don Sleeper Loop may need to be rerouted in several areas due to erosion.

Trail Maintenance

O.P. Schnabel Park and Leon Creek Greenway Trail Maintenance
Status: Schedule as needed
Description: Complete trail maintenance on northern part of OP Perimeter Loop.  Complete trail maintenance on LCG south of OP and north of Bandera Rd.  Perform trail maintenance on LCG north of OP.
Next Step: Schedule trail work days and post for volunteers to sign up

Various Locations – Trail Maintenance
Status: Schedule as needed
Description: After receiving reports from STORM trail stewards regarding trails in need of maintenance, a trail maintenance day will be planned and scheduled. General trail users may also contact us to report trails in need of maintenance. Custom trail work days can be scheduled for specific groups, businesses, etc. as well.
Next Step: Schedule trail work days and post for volunteers to sign up

Trail Advocacy

O.P. Schnabel Park Bike Park Complex
Status: First public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (More Details)
Description: Attend meetings and advocate for professional bike park master plan that includes the features and amenities the MTB community wants.
Next Step: Encourage large turnout from the MTB community to support the master plan and design of the bike park complex. Additional resources can be seen here: New O.P. Schnabel Park Expansion Bike Park Complex

Conceptual drawing of O.P. Schnabel Park Expansion – Final Concept Plan