Purgatory Creek Natural Area

San Marcos, TX

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The 463-acre Purgatory Creek Natural Area is within the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, is home to Purgatory Creek, and includes upland meadows, canyon bluffs of 40 feet or more, dense juniper thickets, champion oaks, and a flood control dam.

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Jacob Hernandez (83)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Bonnie Tippett (290)

7 Completed4 Reviews

Good for a short hike in Texas.

Audrey Salrod (952)

9 Completed10 Reviews

Great for hiking, less so for biking. Bike the easier lower half near wonder world dr. The upper part (Dante) has steep areas and loads of rock gardens, HUGE-- this is the advance level of the trail (Dante from Ovid trail west up north to right before you reach Paraiso have the worst rocks for biking). The advanced Dante part has the best scenery, a small rock cliff on Dante trail. Wear good shoes for all the rocks, plenty of shade. Parking can be tight, the lots fill up, especially at peak times. 2 areas to park-- up on Craddock St and down near wonder world dr. Edit: just tried Paraiso trl 1.3 miles and it looks doable for biking. Intermediate levels, some areas of big rocks, but not as bad as the middle half of Dante.

Jenny W. (660)

We started on Paraiso Trail and connected with Dante to circle back.

The pros: Beautiful hike. We enjoyed the wildlife, including 4 deer. You can make this into a fairy short or long hike.. up to you.

The cons: No facilities (water, bathroom). You can hear traffic noise for about the first mile in/back. Super rocky... the grade isn't challenging, it's just that there are so many rocks everywhere.. it gets tiresome watching your feet the whole way.

I've attached a map for reference. Print one out and bring it!

Christi Townsend (96)

1 Completed1 Reviews

A very nice hike. Not too strenuous. There are several different trails to enjoy, you can do as little or as much as you're in the mood for. Some trails are quite rocky so wear sturdy shoes. My only complaint would be the road noise from Wonderworld Drive.

Rip Meitler (59)

1 Completed1 Reviews

A true hike, not just a stroll through the woods. We enjoyed the park and so did our dogs (though our little poodle did get pooped). Google maps took us to the middle of the road (not real helpful). You can find a trail head near the intersection of Wonder World Dr. & Hunter Rd. or signs at the end of Craddock.

Dylan Mcshan (86)

12 Completed4 Reviews

I ride my bike here quite often and love it. Trails can be challenging at times due to constant rock gardens and some nice inclines. If your in the area check it out

Erin Alexander (78)

3 Completed1 Reviews

This area is very beautiful and challenging to hike. The terrain is rocky in most areas and would make one heck of a workout on a bike. There are no restrooms or port-a-potties, so go before you get there!! There are currently bluebonnets in bloom along the trail. My husband and I enjoyed this hike!

Gina Emerson (56)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Good parking off ranch road 12 Nice hiking but trails weren't well marked. Filtered sun through the trees which was nice but the rocky trail was a bummer.Only saw a few people which was nice.

Deloria Olsen (413)

17 Completed5 Reviews

Nice trails to walk or mountain bike. Would be nice to have restrooms.