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    Trips, Treks & Adventures San Marcos Itineraries

    Spring Lake Natural Area

    The area around San Marcos is thought to be one of the longest continuously occupied areas in North America due to its proximity to the San Marcos Springs. San Marcos Springs and Spring Lake are rare ecological jewels among Texas water resources and support 5 endangered species. Spring Lake Natural Area contains the typical meadows and woodlands found in the Edwards Plateau, with a wide variety of flora and fauna, including Mexican buckeye and large mammals.

    To get to the trailhead, park at The Meadows Center and cross the street (Laurel Street) heading toward the golf course maintenance facility. As you do you will see a 3x6 inch, blue plastic trail marker (also called a blaze) nailed to a large tree across the street. Cross the street carefully and look for the next blaze on a tree within the parking area of the golf maintenance area.

    To get to the trail head from Lime Kiln road follow GPS address to 685 Lime Kiln Road there are 18 parking spaces, a port-a-potty but no water. 


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    Wetlands Boardwalk

    The Wetlands Boardwalk allows visitors to walk through a self-guided trail that explains the effects of exotic and invasive species on the habitat, as well as, offering a close up view of the abundant plant and animal life that thrive here.

    The Meadows Center Glass Bottom Boat Tours

    Open daily 10am-5pm, Reservations are required. 
    The Meadows Center Glass Bottom Boat Tours, formerly Aquarena Center, offers interpretive and self-guided tours, historic glass bottom boat rides, wetlands boardwalk, Texas River exhibits (currently closed to public), nature-friendly Gift Shop and much more.