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.

From downtown San Marcos, take W Hopkins St. to N Bishop St. Turn west (uphill) on Bishop and left on Prospect St. Go 2.5 blocks to dead end. Park on street near kiosk to your right. Parking is limited, so consider carpooling, walking, or biking; a bike rack is available.

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SMGA
P.O. Box 1572
San Marcos, TX 78667
alliance@smgreenbelt.org
512 754-9321

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3 Completed 1 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!

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1 Completed 1 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.

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15 Completed 5 Reviews

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

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22 Completed 3 Reviews

Easy, well marked, varied. A great walk for folks wishing to see a variety of trees, flowers, grasses, cactus, etc. And a great trail for running: varied terrain, mostly flat, plenty of twists and turns.

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12 Completed 6 Reviews

This is a great hike. Beautiful natural area - good if you're into botany, birdwatching, hiking, biking, running. This is what the hill country is all about. Limestone cliffs, dry creek beds (this day!), native habitat for birds and other wildlife. Not a difficult hike at all and the main trails are well marked, once you figure out the system (hint: B= Beatrice and D= Dante!). Its nice to see areas like this preserved and used for flood control. You can make the hike as long or as short as you want to and I would definitely print out a map and bring it with you. A compass would have helped too. Best to go in cool weather. The area is also closed part of the year because of the nesting Golden Cheeked Warbler.

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8 Completed 6 Reviews

An easy hike, and has some pretty views. I mostly enjoy finding the hidden treasures in this area, like the huge tile compass in the middle of the field, the forgotten and overgrown benches, the tree with the hidden door, and all the geocaching.

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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trails, beautiful scenery. Only complaint, had trouble finding trail head.

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4 Completed 4 Reviews

nice trails. varied with hills, meadows, forest, lots of people running with dogs. could use a map as the trails are not marked well

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I'm a beginner hiker and I loved this trail! I hiked it for the first time today with my girlfriend and two dogs. We all loved it! There weren't many people at all today. We probably came across 10 people total, a few others with dogs too.

I mainly just wanted to provide some insight into getting here. Firstly, according to the "Getting There" directions on this page, you aren't really starting at the correct starting portion of the trail. The trail is called "Dante" and starting from the Prospect Street entrance will start you at about .6 miles into the Dante trail. Today was my first time on this trail and on the way back I didn't follow it to the actual legit beginning of Dante. Second, there's parking at both ends of the trail. The parking on Prospect allows for only 2-3 cars. Additionally, you can park on the side of the road. The other end (off of RM12) has enough parking spots for about 10-15 cars. I recorded the hike with Google's "My Tracks" app and linked to it in this review so you can get a better picture of the beginning and ending of the trail.

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5 Completed 5 Reviews

I've been going here almost every other day for a few weeks and am in love with it. Great trails and a few really good views. Trails range from easy to difficult. Bent a rim here and had a great time doing it lol. This is a must for any avid mtbr. Just be sure to have a map.

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