We are fortunate to have the assistance of Katie Steele and Joshua Lord with the City of San Marcos GIS Department in the design, measurement and production of our trail maps in the six natural areas. New this year is Sessom Park, a small natural area tucked-in between Chestnut & Loquat and Canyon & Sessom, at the headwater of the San Marcos River and critical to the health of the river.
Every two years the maps get an upgrade due to new trails being built and others being improved. Miles of existing trails are old “jeep tracks” that the previous landowner used to get from place to place on the property and did little to prevent erosion or offer respite from the Texas sun.
The new maps feature critical information and landmarks to assist users in navigating the natural areas. Dry creeks that are the drainage for these areas in times of heavy rainfall are often bare limestone bedrock.
Access points with street addresses lead first-time users to trail heads with parking. Maps and descriptions for each of the natural areas is found on our website. Also provided by the Parks & Recreation Department are large maps at the trailhead. If you didn’t bring a paper map with you, photograph the large map using your smart phone and don’t forget the water! Happy trails!
View Trail Maps: http://smgreenbelt.org/natural-areas/