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      Hillside trails from N. LBJ; Grey Fox, Roadrunner, Skink Link, and Blind Salamander 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
      Trailhead Parking- fee charged M-F google parking directions
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      Region Status
      Open as of Sep 11, 2023
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      20
      Trails Mountain Bike
      22
      Trails E-Bike
      21
      Trails Hike
      22
      Trails Trail Running
      22
      Total Distance
      7 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      2 miles
      Total Descent
      582 ft
      Total Vertical
      173 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      761 ft
      Reports
      217
      Photos
      22
      Ridden Counter
      1,223

      Photos of Spring Lake Preserve Mountain Bike

      trail: Centipede
      23 |
      Aug 5, 2023 @ 9:15am
      Aug 5, 2023
      37 |
      Oct 10, 2020 @ 1:43pm
      Oct 10, 2020
      28 |
      Oct 8, 2020 @ 10:09am
      Oct 8, 2020
      trail: Porcupine
      35 |
      Oct 2, 2019 @ 7:53pm
      Oct 2, 2019
      trail: Porcupine
      71 |
      Oct 2, 2019 @ 7:53pm
      Oct 2, 2019
      trail: Grey Fox
      51 |
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 8:43am
      Jul 30, 2019
      75 |
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 8:39am
      Jul 30, 2019
      trail: Grey Fox
      67 |
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 8:37am
      Jul 30, 2019

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Roadrunner
      Sep 9, 2023 @ 12:56am
      Sep 9, 2023
      Very Drytexas2putts
      Porcupine
      Sep 9, 2023 @ 12:56am
      Sep 9, 2023
      Very Drytexas2putts
      Centipede
      Sep 9, 2023 @ 12:56am
      Sep 9, 2023
      Very Drytexas2putts
      Exogyra
      Sep 9, 2023 @ 12:56am
      Sep 9, 2023
      Very Drytexas2putts
      Blind Salamander Way
      Sep 9, 2023 @ 12:56am
      Sep 9, 2023
      Very Drytexas2putts
      Roadrunner (Golden Cheek Warbler Habitat)
      Aug 19, 2023 @ 1:17am
      Aug 19, 2023
      Drytexas2putts
      Skink Link
      Mar 4, 2023 @ 5:23pm
      Mar 4, 2023
      Dry Closed until May 31 for Golden Cheek...Turntex TRAILFORKS
      Grey Fox
      Mar 4, 2023 @ 5:21pm
      Mar 4, 2023
      Ideal Closed until May 31 for Golden Cheek...Turntex TRAILFORKS
      Buckeye
      May 7, 2022 @ 4:36pm
      May 7, 2022
      Dry Turntex TRAILFORKS
      Blue Heron
      May 7, 2022 @ 4:36pm
      May 7, 2022
      Dry Turntex TRAILFORKS

      Activity Feed

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      DawnCoyoteaddtrailactivity #46918042
      Dec 3, 2023 @ 4:23pm
      Dec 3, 2023
      jmg007007wishlistrouteactivity #46890135
      Dec 2, 2023 @ 7:55pm
      Dec 2, 2023
      ledesma74riddentrailactivity #45230497
      Oct 14, 2023 @ 1:32pm
      Oct 14, 2023
      Snooplmnvwishlisttrailactivity #44437999 and 1 more
      Sep 23, 2023 @ 6:32am
      Sep 23, 2023
      texas2puttsaddreportactivity #43979795 and 4 more
      Sep 11, 2023 @ 5:26am
      Sep 11, 2023

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike227 miles581 ft2 miles174 ft
      #4,379#1,9992221721,086
      E-Bike217 miles581 ft2 miles174 ft
      #1,826#4592098
      Hike227 miles581 ft2 miles174 ft
      #3,564#1,84121799
      Trail Running227 miles581 ft2 miles174 ft
      #3,578#1,8472179
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