This month we are heading south from the footbridge. From our starting point we walk on the west side of the river because for most of the way that’s the only side accessible for walking.
At the start of our walk the San Antonio River Authority has some of the best grass rolling lawns in the neighborhood. A good roll on the grass will get this walk going, but there are very few other rolling spots on this walk.
Back when I was a pup, the boat ramp at the Guenther Street Bridge was the end of the Riverwalk. Now there is a new paved walk on the river. It curves under Guenther Street along the high wall at the flour mill to the Alamo Street Dam and Bridge. From the boat ramp to past the dam there are no trees, bushes or grass. It’s a section of few smells and fewer places to leave a pee-mail. I suggest making quick tracks through there and sniff for landscaping below the dam.
After Alamo Street, the path angles uphill until it reaches street level at Blue Star. During the heat of summer, a night walk can be good exercise, an escape from the fierce sun, and along here is new path lighting for a safe walk after dark. More small lawns and a baggie dispenser are near the rear of the complex. Because the walk is wider here, there are lots of joggers and bicycles. Keep your ears up! Bicycles are quiet and joggers wear padded shoes. If they give a shout out, let them have the trail - it’s safer for everyone.
Near the back of Blue Star is a gravel path that leads down to the river and a set of limestone blocks. They will take you across the river and on a paved walk up to the Palm Park at Crofton and Constance. This is the only section of river with a walk on the east side until south of Eagleland. If you need a shorter walk, this is a good way across and out.
The wide path past Blue Star stays at street level as you trot past the human benches and the large shaded picnic pavilion. At the short silos, a wall drops down from the walk and there is fencing all along the Big Tex Grain property. Not many dog-friendly spots along this section, but just before the Eagleland footbridge is a long stretch of grass. This footbridge is at the high school and is a good place to head home from.
You will smell a lot of critters on this more wild section of the river. We’ve seen turtles sunning on the rocks, and lots of fishes in the water. I once watched a red tail hawk eating a rat on the riverbank.
Because this walk has fewer grassy spaces, no dog water fountain, one baggie dispenser and only one side of the river for walking, it gets two paws up (out of four). But improvements are coming, so keep sniffing.
We’ll smell you on the trail,