Before classes begin, take a hike
in the beautiful Texas Hill Country
San Marcos is bathed in sunshine about 275 days a year — and today is one of them. Before the spring semester begins, take advantage of the great weather and get lost on one of the many trails near the Texas State University campus.
These are our top hiking destinations, arranged by distance (nearest to furthest) from campus and including total mileage of trails, so you can plan an hour or a full afternoon of outdoor fun.
Purgatory Creek Natural Area in San Marcos — 5 miles of trails
At 463 acres, San Marcos’ largest parkland tract includes upland meadows, canyon bluffs, juniper thickets and winding shady paths under live oaks. Start from the Prospect Park trailhead near campus or the ADA-accessible Purgatory Creek trailhead. Click here to download a map of the San Marcos Parks System. Continue reading