San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance •  107 E. Hopkins St. Suite 121A; San Marcos, Texas 78666

The Loop


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19 Sep Sat 8:00- 10:00 AM Hike Upper Purgatory
It should be fun to go out and see how the very dry summer impacted the landscape – hopefully we did not lose any large Spanish oaks. We’ll be assessing the condition of trail as well to see what needs to be done for the busy fall trail season. Bring some identification guides with you if you are interested to know what certain species of vegetation or critters are are out right now. Even before the rain there were some blooms out there.

San Marcos River Cleanup starting at 10:00 also on Saturday, 19 Sep. Learn more at the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation website

3 Oct Sat 8:30-11:00 AM Workday Spring Lake trail reroutes
SMGA under the auspicies of the Parks and Recreation Department has begun rerouting portions of the existing trail system to better cope with erosion and to hopefully improve the experience for users. To find out specifics about the workday and to learn how to become a trail crew member send at note to [email protected]. We will send out a notice just prior to the workday for those on the crew list; new crew will receive some safety information and details about participation.

4 Oct Sun 5:00- 8:30 PM Spring Lake hike and a moonlit social hour
This hike will take us up to the crown of the hill and a quick check of the pond to see how it came through the dry spell. The evening light will be especially good for photography and with the fall migration going on, who knows what might happen. Afterward we will enjoy some light refreshments at Aquarena Center. To learn more about the hike and social hour email us at [email protected]

10 Oct Sat 08:00-10:00 AM Hike Hughson property

This tour is hosted by Jane Hughson and Terry Blackwell who live in a unique situation near the northern end of Spring Lake Preserve. They have a flood control dam on their property, one of three along Sink Creek, and the property is qualified as a wildlife management area. Members and guests of the League of Women Voters are also invited to attend.

17 Oct Sat 08:30-11:00 AM Hike Blanco Shoals
Our goal as always will be to enjoy a morning autumn hike along the mighty Blanco River. But in addition we will be looking for ideas on how to better care for this dynamic space. Visitor use and misuse are certainly issues in this natural area and the SMGA Stewardship Committee would be interested in the ideas.

24 Oct Sat 08:30-11:00 AM Workday Upper Purgatory
We will finish cleaning up the ranch junk pile left from the Bobcat Build event this past spring. There isn’t too much left but it is one of those niggling details that spoils the otherwise wilderness experience near the overlook of Purgatory. The National Association of Environmental Professionals chapter on the Texas State campus will be joining in. They are an amazing group of motivated individuals who have a variety of professional career paths but who have a clear understanding of the value of our living planet.

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