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Around Campus: Outdoor Recreation Center

Texas State’s Outdoor Center offers Bobcats adventures out of bounds

By Catherine Harper

Amid a beautiful campus and sunny days, it’s almost impossible to stay inside as spring approaches at Texas State. Luckily, there are many resources to facilitate outdoor activity provided by Texas State’s Outdoor Recreation Program — a fast and easy way to connect with campus and beyond in the great outdoors.

The Outdoor Center, located in Sewell Park, houses information about the program, offering students and faculty a direct path of interaction with Texas State’s beautiful surroundings. Among a wide variety of activities, the Outdoor Center provides access to regional and national outdoor resources as well as opportunities for trip planning and preparation guidance.

Additionally, the Outdoor Recreation Program is comprised of six main program areas including the RockWall Climbing Center, Sewell Park, Equipment Rental, University Camp, the GOAL Challenge Course and the Adventure Trip Program.

Jump into the six program areas below:

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Around Campus: Hiking Spots

Before classes begin, take a hike
in the beautiful Texas Hill Country

Hikers at Canyon Lake

Texas State students hiking at Canyon Lake

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