Leon Creek flows just east of UTSA and crosses UTSA Boulevard. It was probably named after or by Alonso de Leon who explored much of south Texas as early as the 17th Century and named many local rivers, including the Medina River into which Leon Creek flows.

As with most San Antonio creeks, it is dry most of the year and serves as part of the city's flood management system. Maverick Creek feeds into it and the area immediately surrounding it has been declared by the city as a 100-year flood plain.[1]


Leon Creek begins near the unincorporated community of Leon Springs and runs through the town of Leon Valley, lending its name to both. More specifically, it starts in Leon Springs west of the intersection of Scenic Loop Road and Toutant Beauregard Road.

Before it reaches the greenway described below, it travels in front of The Dominion Country Club and behind The Rim shopping center. After leaving the greenway, the creek runs near [Wolff Stadium] and through Lackland Air Force Base. It ends at the Medina River just south of Mitchell Lake along Pleansanton Road.[1]

Leon Creek GreenwayEdit

San Antonio Parks and Recreation has devoted a long stretch of the creek to running, hiking, biking, and other recreational activities. Though the creek itself flows south, the mileage markers count northward. The Greenway ends at the Drury Inn at Loop 1604 and IH-10 and begins near Ingram Park Mall. The Leon Creek North section of the path is 7.7 miles long and passes east of the Valero headquarters, east and south of Hill Country Place, north of the Estates, and west of Aspen Heights. It continues to Bamberger Nature Park and O. P. Schnabel Park and then runs behind neighborhoods off of Bandera Road, finally ending at Bandera Road where it becomes Leon Creek Central.[2] This 4.4 mile section then goes to Ingram Road, close to IH-410.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Interactive Mapping Application". City of San Antonio Flood Emergency System. Retrieved March 17, 2013. (Requires Microsoft SilverLight.)
  2. "Leon Creek Greenway North". San Antonio Parks and Recreation. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  3. "Leon Creek Greenway Central". San Antonio Parks and Recreation. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
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