OP Schnabel Park is a fun trail but recently a sidewalk was built through the park which took away a lot of the mountain biking trail and appeal. The trail is still good and there is still plenty of singletrack riding, but it does not have the same feel or flow.
Now there is a little bit more searching to find the fun stuff, it is still there but not as obvious. The trail as it stands right now is great for beginners and there are still a few sections that will challenge the intermediate level rider. There is also a little BMX style pump track.
If you live or work in the area this a great place to squeeze in a quick after work or lunchtime workout ride.
Inside the park there are trails running in all different directions. It is good area for a beginner mountain biker. The dirt trails do have roots and a few baby heads (rocks) thrown in and slow inclines to get the heart pumping. The intermediate trails are front of the YMCA and you can get to them riding to the entrance of OP and they are on the left and right. There is another entrance in the park but hard to described where it is at. You can get to Leon Creek Greenway from Op and there is a whole lot of sweet MB trails down there to ride.
Most anything you want you can find at OP but what it's best for is a serious cardio dirt workout. Of course you can slow it down and it becomes a very pleasant canopy covered trail ride.The one negative, and it holds true for all San Antonio trails is there are no "One Way" trails that prevent head on collisions. I was in one on Leon Creek and it's not the fun part of mountain biking.Easy access to Leon Creek Greenway and Bamberger Park.For Go Pro videos of some of the SA trails search seniorslipslap on youtube.
The trail map shows it ending on the north end between Hausman and UTSA Blvd... but... heading north just under UTSA Blvd continue straight off the paved trail and you have access to slightly technical single track that parallels the pavement almost all the way to the Drury Inn trailhead.About 200 yards from leaving the pavement keep an eye for a slight uphill Y to the right for some awesome riding along the slope.Two ways to exit back up onto the paved trail; just after dropping onto the double track look for a hard 90 to the right or continue on through the Texas Jello (jumbles of limestone) and once through the creek bed drop to the right and you've got a serious climb up to the paved trail just before the Drury.
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