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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Popularity ?
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  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Hillside trails from N. LBJ; Grey Fox, Roadrunner, Porcupine are closed March through May for Golden Cheek Warbler nesting season. Please respect this restriction as we acquired the property with this stipulation. More than half the property is open year-round.

      Spring Lake natural area is one of the prettiest natural areas with majestic live oaks draped in Spanish moss, flowering Mountain laurel (two weeks in March), flowering Kidneywood (April) and many other butterfly attractors. The meadow along Blue Stem in the Spring has an assortment of wildflowers and its namesake, Blue Stem grasses, a Texas native. More than six-and-half-miles of trails traverse the 251 acres with elevation changes from the hillside down to the meadow.

      The area around San Marcos Springs is thought to be one of the longest continuously occupied areas in North America due to its proximity to the San Marcos Springs. In 1926, A.B. Rogers purchased land around the springs and built the Aquarena Springs Resort. Aquarena was sold to Texas State University in the 1990s, and the 251 acres were later sold for residential development. In 2004, the developer and the City of San Marcos were preparing to create a large hotel and conference center on the highest location above the springs. Citizens and conservationists objected, the development was moved east of IH-35, and the city, Hays County and Texas State University committed to securing the property as a natural area. In November 2005, SMGA led a campaign for approval of a $2 million bond as payment toward purchase of the 251 acres. Subsequent grants and donations from Hays County, Texas Parks & Wildlife, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Meadows Foundation, Terry Gilmore, the McCoy Foundation, the Lower Colorado River Authority, and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority allowed the city to purchase the land in 2007.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
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      Region Details
      • 4
      • 9

      Region Status
      Open as of Sep 11, 2019

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #4,820
      State Ranking
      #87
      Trails (view details)
      13
      Trails Mountain Bike
      13
      Trails E-Bike
      13
      Trails Hike
      13
      Trails Trail Running
      13
      Total Distance
      8 miles
      Total Descent
      997 ft
      Total Vertical
      176 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      770 ft
      Reports
      43
      Photos
      19
      Ridden Counter
      192

      Popular Spring Lake Preserve Mountain Biking Trails

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Yesterday
      • 1 rides
      • 1 miles avg distance
      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 3 miles avg distance

      Photos of Spring Lake Preserve Mountain Bike

      trail: Porcupine
      4 |
      Oct 2, 2019 @ 7:53pm
      Oct 2, 2019
      trail: Porcupine
      5 |
      Oct 2, 2019 @ 7:53pm
      Oct 2, 2019
      trail: Grey Fox
      2 |
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 8:43am
      Jul 30, 2019
      trail: Roadrunner
      3 |
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 8:39am
      Jul 30, 2019

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Centipede
      Sep 11, 2019 @ 4:58pm
      Sep 11, 2019
      Very DryTurntex TRAILFORKS Very dry and loose in the corners!
      Exogyra
      Sep 11, 2019 @ 4:58pm
      Sep 11, 2019
      Very DryTurntex TRAILFORKS Very dry and loose rock
      Wickiups
      Sep 11, 2019 @ 4:58pm
      Sep 11, 2019
      DryTurntex TRAILFORKS
      Porcupine
      Sep 11, 2019 @ 4:58pm
      Sep 11, 2019
      Very DryTurntex TRAILFORKS Very dry and loose rock
      Grey Fox
      Jul 18, 2019 @ 9:08am
      Jul 18, 2019
      DryJhasbroTop of power line climb turn left
      Powerline Short Cut
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 7:12pm
      Jul 14, 2019
      DryTurntex TRAILFORKS
      Roadrunner
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 7:12pm
      Jul 14, 2019
      DryTurntex TRAILFORKS
      Skink Link
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 7:12pm
      Jul 14, 2019
      DryTurntex TRAILFORKS
      Tonkawa
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 7:12pm
      Jul 14, 2019
      DryTurntex TRAILFORKS
      Blind Salamander Way
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 7:12pm
      Jul 14, 2019
      DryTurntex TRAILFORKS

      Activity Feed

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      user #1568387TurntexvotetrailPorcupine and 4 more
      Oct 20, 2019 @ 7:32pm
      1 days
      user #1568387TurntexvotetrailBlind Salamander Way and 1 more
      Oct 11, 2019 @ 9:56pm
      Oct 11, 2019
      user #1941080Redwood211addphoto in My City and 1 more
      Oct 2, 2019 @ 7:53pm
      Oct 2, 2019
      user #1568387TurntexaddreportCentipede and 3 more
      Sep 11, 2019 @ 6:51pm
      Sep 11, 2019
      user #1894021ervillasanariddentrailCentipede and 1 more
      Aug 15, 2019 @ 8:18pm
      Aug 15, 2019
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