Almost 1000 acres of natural space await visitors to this popular city park adjacent to the airport in North Central San Antonio. With over 15 miles of multi-use trails for mountain biking, cycling, running, or walking, this park has something for everyone. Some of the latest improvements to the park by local organizations include a family area with a covered pavilion, two new playscapes, a dog park, additional picnic sites, and barbecue grills.
Mc Allister Park will rarely fill up unless it is a holiday weekend. Visitors might occasionally find a baseball or soccer tournament, a 5k race, or a birthday party taking place in one of the pavilions available for reservations. However, keep in mind that the park is large enough for everyone to find a quiet and shady spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city.
McAllister Park is well known for providing a fun and fast mountain biking experience for even the most seasoned mountain biker. The trail network has decreased in size due to the expansion of sports fields and park construction but still offer visitors a great beginner to intermediate 10 (+/-) mile ride. It is mostly a flat and fast loop with quick hills and descents. There are a lot of inner loops so be careful to backtrack to the main loop to avoid getting lost. This is by far the best trail system to mountain bike inside the city. On busy days, be watchful for oncoming hikers, runners, and deer!
This is not a place where you plan a training ride of 15-20mph! Instead, the park offers a family friendly road ride at low speeds. The park roads and paved trails weave through a shaded ride which is a relief in the summer. Open spaces also offer a good training ground for kids that are new to the sport of biking.
It is no surprise that Mc Allister Park is well known by running clubs in the area. There are several races held throughout the year, including a popular 10k during Thanksgiving. This is a great place to combine on-road and off-road running as well. Most of the paved terrain is flat, unless one ventures into the trails. The trails will offer short hills, quick descents, and some rocky sections that will get your heart pumping in no time!
Know Before You Go
The park is free and is day use only. Dogs are allowed, but keep a leash on them unless inside the dog park. During the summer be sure to pack in enough water if planning to mountain bike, road bike, or run. Also keep an eye on the weather because if it rains there will be water buildup throughout the creeks, making it a great place for mosquito breeding.