Purgatory Creek Natural Area

MODERATE
San Marcos, TX
Purgatory Creek Natural Area is a 9.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near San Marcos, TX that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until July. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.1 miles 465 feet Loop
dogs on leash kid friendly birding hiking mountain biking nature trips trail running walking forest river views wild flowers wildlife
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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.

Wendy Stoll
8 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Sean Miranda Rosendahl
1 month ago

4 Completed7 Reviews

got lost in the trails but it doesn't matter we were there to get a workout and we did! great place to unwind and enjoy nature.

Sean Miranda Rosendahl
1 month ago

4 Completed7 Reviews

Justine Pacheco
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Gabe Patton
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Mirla Suarez
3 months ago

1 Completed4 Reviews

Amazing trail. Run it very often.

Donna B.
3 months ago

Mirla Suarez
4 months ago

1 Completed4 Reviews

Amazing trail. Run it very often.

Mirla Suarez
5 months ago

1 Completed4 Reviews

Amazing trail. Run it very often.

Robert Aguirre
7 months ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Ali Hunzai
7 months ago

1 Completed3 Reviews

This morning I am extremely happy that I was able to photograph deer during my hike at Purgatory Creek. Then i found out a stone, which had a fossil part in it.

Ali Hunzai
8 months ago

1 Completed3 Reviews

Today sharp 7am in the morning I started my hike at the bottom of the Purgatory Creek. I took my way to Beatrice hike. This was a unique as this trek mostly it follows the way of the stream. To day I observed a small snake which was around one and half foot, with brown and black straps on its body. I also made some photographs of birds and flowers and enjoyed a beautiful sunrise among the trees & full of nature. It was a great blessing to enjoy the nature on this fine morning.

Ali Hunzai
8 months ago

1 Completed3 Reviews

I so much enjoyed my walked right this morning at 6:30 am onward. This activity was not only helping me with my physical fitness but also a great source of my spiritual health. I heard the beautiful songs of the birds and in fact i recorded some of them. This trail is in most natural form and a great opportunity of a morning walk and recreation for individuals and groups. The only thing, it should have sitting place like many I have observed in New Zealand.

Logan L.
9 months ago

This is a nice getaway. The description says 4.7 miles, You can go double that.distance easily. This is my "go to" tail when I need woods time. There is a mix of smooth trail and rock gardens. The trails are marked very well.

Anne Cancino
10 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Enjoyed my adventure

Tyler M.
10 months ago

Put the headphones in and just go!!

Jacob Abu Hanna
10 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Jav Ier
10 months ago

6 Completed6 Reviews

Amazing ride, bring plenty of water and sun screen. There's good shade but the heat can creep up on you. Very rocky with good downhill motion so wear a helmet, get off your bike if you have to. Very fun areas and also advanced areas so research the map before venturing off. We parked @ the South entrance and exited out of the North entrance, had 4 liters of water and ran out just as we finished so I repeat, bring plenty of water especially if you plan on riding back the same way. We took Wonderland rd back to the south entrance via the shoulder lane, easy downhill return. I recommend Malacoda trail if you'd like to see a nice cave :)

Bryan Hauteman
11 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

A bit of a rocky trail. However their are some fun and challenging spots. You can ride for hours. Their is a dam that I like to take a brake on, and pick some dewberries ( only grow around April through June). Not all the trails are challenging, some are quite easy. Oh and the best part is that the trails are full of cute girls :)

Jacob Hernandez
1 year ago

2 Completed1 Reviews