Purgatory Creek Natural Area
Thanks once again to cartographer Kenny Skrobanek, who has been working closely with members of SMGA’s stewardship and outreach committees, you’ll soon have a suite of sweet trail maps to guide you through the 450-acre Purgatory Creek Natural Area (PCNA). These new maps include the many new trails that our steadfast crew of trail builders has been busy designing, building, maintaining, naming, and labeling with signage and blazes (see story on blazes). To enhance your visit to PCNA, the maps also include a variety of landmarks and features, including the dam, the grotto and its overlook, creeks and seasonal wetlands, and karst features.
Given the size of the area, Kenny is working on three maps that you will be able download and print on 8.5×11 paper:
- Lower PCNA: Hunter Road trailhead and area to the north
- Purgatory Park – PCNA: Prospect St. trailhead and area to the southwest
- Upper PCNA: Wonder World Dr trailhead and area to the south
Each printable file will include a fourth map that shows the entire natural area. That larger map will likely be printed poster-size for display in kiosks and in the future nature center to be built in Upper PCNA. Look for these maps later this summer or early fall.
Spring Lake Preserve
Drs. Alberto Giordano and Jim Kimmel and their Texas State geography classes, along with input from SMGA’s stewardship committee, have completed work on a beautiful and complete map of Spring Lake Preserve. The first draft map is currently a poster-size format that you’ll soon see posted at Spring Lake. We are excited to see this important project on the part of Drs. Giordano and Kimmel and their students come to completion. Lake. Once the PCNA maps are done, Kenny will be working on a 8.5×11, downloadable Spring Lake map.