Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Purgatory Creek Greenspace with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Heavily trafficked trails, nice scenery, very busy! You can easily turn this into a very long hike. Rocky in lots of areas and watch for sink holes on trails, especially if you are running or biking. Lots of warnings about snakes, so be cautious. Graffiti kinda takes away from the beauty of these trails.

Beautiful, took the dogs, great walk.

Nice, shaded trail with some elevation. look out for mountain bikes!

Great easy trail, a good trail to get started with.

I was destroyed by horse flies most of this trail. Maybe my fault but JESUS it was the worst.

Love this trail. It’s so quiet when you get about about 2 miles in. I’ve seen a coral snake there on two occasions now!

I would highly recommend this trail to everyone. The trail is mostly wooded and rocky but has some long sunny treks within it. Also has some great view areas that are great for pictures and memories!

A nice trail almost anyone can enjoy.

Probably my favorite place to train that is within 30 mins of my house. Great technical sections with good sweeping open single track so you can get some speed work in too. I suggest parking at the upper lot and doing and out and back throwing in some of the loop trail in for added flavor on the lower section.

One of my favorites for training runs. I like to combine it with the lower section of Dante and Beatrice thrown in for more elevation change and a longer loop. It can be really technical in some areas but is great training for longer runs.

A deer flew past us on the part of the trail that’s like a big meadow. Also, 4 baby raccoons were walking past us on the trial too. 5 out of 5 yo. Warning!! Super hard on your feet. Maybe don’t bring tennis.

“Rocky,” doesn’t even begin to describe parts of this hike. I would definitely recommend a walking stick or hiking pole and hiking boots. I’m sure people hike and run this trail daily in running shoes, but my wife and were both glad we had on boots. The trails are less well marked than in other parts of Purgatory and our AllTrails app really came in handy. It is a nice hike that I think would be beautiful in the fall. We’ll be back.

The city of San Marcos does a great job maintaining their trails, this is no exception. It’s well marked, clean, and is set in the beautiful transition area between the post oak savanna and the hill country. It’s one of our favorite places to kill 2, 3, or more hours depending on how many add-ons we do. If you’re quiet you’ll see lots of deer and other wild life. There’s a lot of road noise, but you’ll filter it out quickly. It’s a great hike, enjoy.

It was nice but once you get to the backend loop there is a couple long stretches with minimal shade. Very rocky trail but still a nice walk. Keep your eyes out for the tree that is complete infested with Daddy Long leg spiders! Most spiders I have seen in my life!

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5 months ago

first things first. this trail is not for the faint of ankle. there are plenty of jagged rocks and bedrock to keep you company. take every step with care and take plenty of breaks and come prepared if you have weak ankles. there are nice bits of of trail of course but mostly rocks. make sure to bring lots of water for you and the doggo. dont let the map fool you, all of the rivers are dried up. the only water source is at the trail head. this hike was more of a work out than a pretty hike. granted I am 240 lbs and didn't bring enough water for myself (i gave most of it to the dog) we ran into plenty of deer and bugs and it was a good way to burn a few summer hours.

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5 months ago

Partly shaded

I go all the time. Nice hike

Beautiful and we'll maintained trail near San Marcos with many variations of routes to take, bit there are clear trail markers. I still recommend printing a map or downloading a map app because although marked, there are still some areas can can be confusing. Highly recommend this beautiful nature preserve.

First hike in over 8 years! So it was challenging for me. But it was beautiful, quiet once you get far enough from the main road, lots of butterflies along the way, birds singing...I’d definitely visit again

Liked the trail. Just one issue... so much dog poo... on the ground, in bags, on and off trail. :/ My dog just wanted to smell all the random mounds of poo. Haha

Very shaded and lots of greenery. Saw several deer and even a panther!

Rocky but nice trail. Best one I've seen since California and Colorado.

Great to have some moderately challenging trail in this area. Are there others that are similar?

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