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Tales on the Trail

Spring Lake Natural Area

This event is self guided, tales begin at the Lime Kiln trailhead (MAP), FREE, Greenspaces are open from 8am-8pm daily

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, San Marcos Public Library, and Community Action, Inc. are partnering to bring you Tales on the Trails at Spring Lake Natural Area during the month of November

As you navigate the trails, follow the story of Kiko as she goes on a camping trip with her class and learns about gratitude. “This story is based on the ‘theory of mind,’ which is the ability to take the perspective of others and recognize that each person has their own thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. Growing gratitude leads to greater happiness and stronger interpersonal relationships.”

Submit your photos to by December 1 for a chance to win your own copy of Grow Grateful.

You and your family are invited to take a self-guided tour starting at the Lime Kiln trailhead of Spring Lake Natural Area. A map of the area can be found at and the entrance is located at 685 Lime Kiln Road. You can find more information about Tales on the Trails at

What's Near Here?

Wetlands Boardwalk

Now open 10:00am-5:00pm daily. 
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.

Explore Spring Lake SUP & Kayak Training and Interpretive Tours

Temporarily closed 
The Meadows Center and REI Outdoor School have teamed up to offer new water-focused activities at Spring Lake. All activities are education focused and led by interpreters who are committed to protecting and sharing Spring Lake. 

Spring Lake Snorkel Program

Temporarily closed 
See the local flora and fauna of Spring Lake up close and personal with the Spring Lake Snorkel Program! Spring Lake is home to spring-fed waters that remain a constant 72 degrees year-round.