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Mission Trail, San Antonio

#5 of 27 in Historic Sites in San Antonio
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Hike or bike and explore the religious history of San Antonio as you travel past four historic missions that have been nominated as World Heritage Sites. The trail leads you along the San Antonio River Walk through a 13 km (8 mi) stretch of rehabilitated aquatic habitat and woodland to each of the historic Catholic missions founded by Spanish Franciscan priests in the 1700s. Start at Mission Concepción, first dedicated in 1755; it's the oldest stone church in the United States that is fully unrestored yet still intact. From here, you'll move on to Mission San José, the queen of the missions, founded in 1720. This mission earned its accolade of Planning San Antonio trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • There's a reason why you don't see a lot of paddlers on this stretch of the river. It took 4 hours to go 4 miles. There were 30+ shoots that slowed us down, the majority of which we had to portage...  more »
  • Any history buff will love this tour. A self-guided, self-paced, up-close look at the 300 year old Spanish missions built along the San Antonio river-and it's all free! Starting with Mission Espada....  more »

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