Purgatory Creek Natural Area-San Marcos

Looking for a place to mountain bike or hike without having to take a long road trip? Purgatory Creek is your destination! Located within the city limits of San Marcos, Texas, this park has well maintained trails and lots of scenery. This 570 acre park is a day hikers delight and its proximity to Austin is an added bonus. Plus it’s FREE! We hiked Dante’s trail on this trip and couldn’t believe we were in the middle of San Marcos. Very few people and hardly any noise other than the wind blowing through the trees. Be sure to leave a note at the base of the live oak tree at the trail intersections of Dante and Paraiso trailheads. Remove the rock from the tree, stuff cash into the plastic bag (just kidding), leave a funny message for the next hiker, and place into the clear bag. Beware may contain dog poop from an unhappy hiker! We enjoyed this nice little escape and look forward to checking out the other trails. Be sure to let us know when you visit one of our recommended hikes and tag us on Facebook or mention us on Twitter! See y’all on the trail!

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