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Mission Trail, 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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  • We visited the four missions by car. San Jose required some walking as it is better preserved and therefore larger. The other three did not require much walking. The architecture is beautiful...  more »
  • The rural southern end is so different than the famous urban Riverwalk. From the King William neighborhood, south of city center, the Riverwalk becomes quiet and is enjoyed by many families and...  more »

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