Nature & Outdoors

San Marcos - More than Just a Pretty Face

San Marcos is a natural beauty and the most intriguing feature is her river. The San Marcos River bubbles to life from hundreds of springs right in the center of town. Always a refreshing 72 degrees, the river is enjoyed year round. Grab a tube and go for a float. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle and navigate its length. Bring your snorkel and discover its depth. Or just bring a picnic and soak up some sun.

If you'd rather stay on dry land, we've got you covered. Bring your bike, binoculars or man's best friend to explore scenic parks right in the heart of town. Native wildlife and migratory birds abound in the more than 850 acres of natural areas in San Marcos' city limits. Chose from ADA accessible trails with information kiosks and benches, to miles long natural trails for the more adventurous.

San Marcos' beauty is more than just surface deep. We take stewardship of the river and natural areas to heart, protecting the Edwards Aquifer and the eight endangered species native to this area. This way when you come back to visit, it will be just as good as your first time.

All Nature & Outdoors Attractions:

A.E. Wood Fish Hatchery

A. E. Wood Fish Hatchery is located in central Texas along the banks of the San Marcos River. This state-of-the-art facility specializes in rearing fingerling sportfish for stocking into more than 300 Texas reservoirs. Free Tours offered Tuesdays at 2pm and Friday at 10am.

Austin Canoe & Kayak

Your kayak, camping and outdoor adventure gear outfitter. Founded over 20 years ago, ACK is your specialty paddlesports and outdoor adventure retailer based out of the central Texas area.

Blanco Shoals

81 acres, Blanco Shoals is west of the Blanco River and near the bridge at IH35. This unique natural area will remain completely undeveloped except for a few trails to be built in the future. It contains high bank bluffs and shoals, tall cottonwoods and sycamores, gigantic pecan, and mesquite.