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

The Loop


Natural Area Updates

Here are some updates on what is coming to a natural area near you. If you see a city representative, encourage them to keep things moving.

At Blanco Shoals we will see improvements once the entrance is made secure from the trucks that have been driving in and tearing up the terrain; improvements to natural areas just are not worth it when the lawless types of visitors are dominating the scene.

Spring Lake Preserve is about to have major improvements put on the ground with an ADA trail winding up the hill from the current entrance at the Texas Rivers Center. The signage and trail activity will make it much easier to find and access.

Upper Purgatory is a kind of moving target in terms of access because the construction of a major water line through the area and then the Wonder World Drive Extension with connection to Craddock Avenue all meant the dirt entrance road had to be rerouted a number of times.

Here is where Franklin Street ends and the dirt entrance road begins to the right.  There is a cattleguard just after the turn and then you will travel another 100 yards or so before taking a hard left.

After the turn towards Wonder World, the road crosses the roadway through what will be the new intersection with Craddock. Visitors should make their way to the top on the hill (to the spot indicated by the purple arrow).

After crossing the new parkway go up the hill and turn left.

This is the view after the turn.
After crossing a dry creek there is a short climb to the parking area at the Upper Purgatory entrance. Do not travel through fences or gates after leaving Franklin.

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