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Spring Lake Preserve Loop is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Marcos, Texas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 377 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

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NOTE: The second half of the trail is closed March 1-May 31 for Golden Cheek Warbler nesting season. For more info, please see https://www.meadowscenter.txstate.edu/ExploreSpringLake/SpringLakeNaturalArea.html

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Amy Oxford
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trails here and much less traveled than Purgatory. Be aware that there are some slopes that are difficult if you are out of shape like me, and the Blind Salamander trail is MUCH more difficult near the lower connection with Tonkawa. It has some big boulders you have to deal with and it’s very rocky and narrow. It gets better on the upper half. If you want a nice easy walk, do Tonkawa. It’s the ADA trail and it’s wide and smooth. Out and back is under 2 miles on that one. It was a nice reprieve after the rocky, hilly terrain of the other trails on my loop. That said, the pup loved all of it, so it was a win.

Sam Gallini
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HikingOver grown
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Stephane Rodis-Gosdin
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HikingBugsRocky

This trail is quite beautiful but I would not recommend biking it as it is extremely rocky with giant rocks and boulders everywhere if you’re walking it it’s super fun!!

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Chrissy V
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HikingBugs

Great trail for families, but bring bug spray, the mosquitoes were terrible.

Emily Sherman
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Suzanne Milford
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HikingBugsRocky

A nice trail. I would say this is easy to moderate trail since it has some slopes and Rocky terrain. Beware of mosquitoes! So bring mosquito repellent.

Nicole Edwards
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Hiking

Great trail for kids. Came across poison ivy, close to the lake area, but otherwise great.

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Robert Rice
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HikingRockyScramble

Very nice trails (plural). Many choices according to ability. You could hike several hours with some do-overs.

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Vanesa Macias-Davila
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Jason Richardson
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Hiking

Very nice trail for families. Well marked and not too many folks out there.

Nick Barracca
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Hiking

Lots of well marked trails. Choose your own adventure and wonder around. Not a lot of people and most were well shaded.

Jon Covell
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Hiking

I don’t think I found the right one?! The one I found was closed until further notice due to storm damage? I need help finding the one that is rocky and the 4 mile one

Johnny Diaz
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Just finished finished walking trail from the Lime Kiln Rd entrance, very nice trail, as I got back to my vehicle, a gentleman told me about a mountain lion sighting earlier today, so much for biking it today.

Sam Gallini
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HikingRocky

This is such a great hiking trail. It’s a little too rocky to call an ‘easy’ trail but my three year had a blast walking most of the way. There were probably 5 times that it got decently steep but it only lasts a couple minutes at a time. Definitely not suitable for strollers or inexperienced mountain bikers. There is plenty of shade and benches to stop and rest at. Off the blue heron trail near the bond, there is a restroom stop. People were nice, bikers were considerate and all the dogs we met were on leash.

Tana Perez
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Hiking

Beautiful trails w a wide variety of plant life. . Mild elevation. My favorite place to hike between Austin & San Marcos

Sandy Dozier
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Hiking

This was a nice hike with some beautiful views. There were several small streams that were dry but will be very pretty when they’re running after some rains. This trail seems to be a favorite for people riding bicycles because we saw several, all were courteous and we shared the trails easily. All-in-all, a great way to start or end the day.

Brandon Robinson
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Hiking

A great place to sit and be in tune with the rest of nature. Sunrise Lookout has a great view of rolling hills and wooded ridges that is best experienced with the sunrise, as expected. If you’re in San Marcos, it really is a great place in town to get away

Doug Garner
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top notch!

Rey Acosta
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Hiking

Awesome trail, mostly gravel path. A couple muddy spots. Plenty of benches for breaks along path. Will be back!

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Becky Bishop
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I’ve been about five times this fall /winter. It’s so beautiful with rocky inclines and flat trails. It’s always wet from what I suspect is a full ground water system. The creek is breath taking, especially at the cascade. Very few people.

Dan Crakes
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Mountain biking

Good ride with rolling hills. Apparently I went the wrong way, starting on the east side of the park with kinda steep climbs and gradual declines. several spur options. Nice tree cover. It rained last night and is a bit muddy today but not bad. Will return.

Lisa Emerson
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But y B.B.

Todd Marse
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A staple of respite from the grind.

Dodger Samb
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plenty of additional trails to explore, wear boots

Anita Rice
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Beautiful trail! I went when the mountain laurels were blooming. Fantastic place if you’re a butterfly enthusiast!

Isaac Galvan
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Mountain biking

It's easy if you're coming up from the side where the glass bottom boat tours are. However, if coming up from Lime Kiln Rd, or doing a loop and coming back up - there are some steep, rocky hills that'll give your quads a good workout. Aside from that, though, nothing exciting; but, still enjoyable.

Paul Keese
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Great trail for Seniors but I would not call it easy. Some where between moderate and easy

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