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San Marcos Take a Hike emphasizes fun, health, and friendship. We hike the many trails in the parks and natural areas of San Marcos and surrounding areas every week. We are happy to have members of all ages and skill levels. We hike at about a three mile an hour pace.

ALL MEMBERS AND GUESTS 12 AND OLDER WHO ATTEND SAN MARCOS TAKE-A-HIKE EVENTS INCLUDING HIKES MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19. Please protect us and yourself by staying home if you are not vaccinated.

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Hike Spring Lake from The Meadows Center Parking Lot

Meadows Center

THIS HIKE IS OPEN TO FULLY VACCINATED MEMBERS AND THEIR FULLY VACCINATED GUESTS ONLY. ALL HIKERS 12 AND OLDER MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19. IF YOU ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED PLEASE STAY AT HOME.

Join us for a 3-4 mile hike in the Spring Lake Preserve Natural Area.

Directions from IH35. Take exit 206 TX 82 Loop/Aquarena Springs Drive.
Turn East on Aquarena Springs Drive (right if you're coming from the north, left if you're coming from the south).

After about a mile, the main flow of traffic goes up a ramp and across a bridge over the train tracks. Do not go up the ramp. Stay at ground level by staying to the right. You will reach a T very shortly after crossing train tracks. Turn left and then take your first right into Aquarena Springs.

The road goes across the remains of the old golf course and comes to a parking lot with signs for the Meadows Center. You'll find us there. Parking is free on weekends.

Please note that if you are an experienced hiker, this and all other trails in San Marcos are easy. However, if you are a novice hiker, you need to know that many San Marcos trails are extremely rocky. There are often elevation changes of 50 to 150 feet. We hike at a moderate pace of about 3 miles an hour. If you have problems with balance or need to walk slowly, this hike probably is not for you. However, we encourage you to join us for our regular city and neighborhood walks. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.

Hike Lower Purgatory

Lower Purgatory Trailhead

Join for a 3-4 mile explore of some of the trails of San Marcos' Lower Purgatory park.

Detailed instructions:

From IH 35, take Exit 202, Wonder World/Wimberley/RR 12.

Go West on Wonder World.

Turn Left at the second Traffic Light (Hunter Road).

Make an immediate Right into the parking lot (across from a small shopping plaza that contains a Subway).

As always, join us for food and conversation after the hike.

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Please note that if you are an experienced hiker, this and all other trails in San Marcos are easy. However, if you are a novice hiker, you need to know that many San Marcos trails are extremely rocky. There are often elevation changes of 50 to 150 feet.

We hike at a moderate pace of about 3 miles an hour.

If you have problems with balance or need to walk slowly, this hike probably is not for you. However, we encourage you to join us for our regular city and neighborhood walks.

Hike Spring Lake from Lime Kiln Road

Lime Kiln Trailhead

Join us for a 3-4 mile hike in the back section of Spring Lake Preserve.

Directions from IH 35:

Take Exit 206, go toward town on TX-82 Loop/Aquarina Springs Drive (lots of construction, take care).

Do not get on the overpass (currently under construction). At the T, turn right on Post Road.

Left after 0.4 miles on Lime Kiln Road (Travis Elementary school will be on the left hand corner).

Continue on Lime Kiln for approximately 0.75 miles. Look for parking lot on the left.

As always, join us for food and conversation at a local restaurant after the hike.

*****

Please note that if you are an experienced hiker, this and all other trails in San Marcos are easy. However, if you are a novice hiker, you need to know that many San Marcos trails are extremely rocky. There are often elevation changes of 50 to 150 feet.

We hike at a moderate pace of about 3 miles an hour.

If you have problems with balance or need to walk slowly, this hike probably is not for you. However, we encourage you to join us for our regular city and neighborhood walks.

Hike Prospect Park (and some of Lower Purgatory)

Prospect Park Natural Area

Join us for a 3-4 mile hike in the Prospect Park Natural area and continuing into Lower Purgatory.

We're always easy to find. Just look for the bunch of people standing around at the trailhead!

Detailed instructions:

Get off of IH 35 at Exit 202, Wonderworld/RT 12 and go West toward Wimberly.

Right at the second traffic light, Hunter Road (CVS on the corner).

Left at the first traffic light, Bishop Street (Stripes gas station on the corner).

Left on Prospect street (will be the third street on your left). Park near the end of the street.

As always, join us for brunch and talk after the hike.

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River Place Nature Trail, from Woodlands Park, Austin

River Place Nature Trail

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