The Prue Road trailhead lies on the North side of San Antonio inside loop 1604, on Prue Road, just off Bandera. It offers an entrance into the middle of the Leon Creek trail. Leon Creek greenway Map: CoSA_Greenway_2019-back-v4 (sanantonio.gov)
The parking lot is usually not crowded, and there is a porta potty.
I like this trailhead because it is in the middle of Leon Creek. It really suits me for long runs because instead of having to do an out and back, you can go one direction (i.e. North), circle back by the parking lot to pick up more supplies (or hit the porta-potty) then go the other direction (i.e. South).
It is also just North of O.P. Schnabel park, so you can run there, and after a brief uphill, do loops or just go off road a bit. I’ll usually stick to the main North/South trail though. Most of Leon Creek is shaded, with easy pavement running and an occasional small hill.
Going North, you can also do a “Y” by heading left at Bamberger park to go up to the Huesta Creek trailhead. Then back to Bamberger and take a Left up to the Valero Trailhead by 1604. I’ll usually turn around at Valero and head back to Prue. But if you are adventurous, extend out for what will surely be an epic run with the Rim to Eisenhower Extension.
- Usually not too crowded
- Porta Potty at the trailhead.
- Bring plenty of water.
- Flat. If you are looking for hills, go elsewhere.
- If there has been recent heavy rain, prepare for puddles and mud.
- Offers a double loop option instead of a simple out and back.
- Tons of options for extending a run either to the North or South.