Natural Areas & Trails

NOTICE: Mayor’s Order Prohibits Gatherings Over 10 & Closes Select Facilities Until May 11

All Parks and Recreation programs and events have been suspended through May 11. The Activity Center is closed until further notice. River front parks, playgrounds, the skate park, dog park, public restrooms and water fountains are closed. River front parks include: Rio Vista, City Park, Plaza Park, Veramendi, Bicentennial, Children’s Park, Crook Park, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Dog Beach, Capes Park, Thompson’s Island, Stokes Park, Ramon Lucio Park, and Wildlife Annex/Wilderness Park. Click here to view a map of all San Marcos river parks. 

San Marcos will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the State Department of Health Services, the Hays County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control. Current updates and helpful links may be found at

Trail Update

All ADA trails have suffered major erosion due to recent storms. Please use caution on ADA trails. Thank you for your patience while we work on clean up and repair of the parks.

Rules & Guidelines

Our natural areas are living, breathing places with a wide variety of plants and critters. Please help us care for these beautiful places; they are working hard to clean our water and our air. All park rules apply. Please follow these additional guidelines:

  • Take only photos, leave only footprints.
  • Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Campfires, glass containers, motor vehicles, weapons, horses, and camping are not permitted.
  • Stay on established trails.
  • Bicycles yield to hikers, refrain from biking on muddy trails.

Natural Areas

Interactive Trail Maps

Turn on your location settings on your cell phone or mobile device and find out where you are in the Natural Area. Click on the link below.

Printable Trail Maps

Additional Information

The City of San Marcos is working to protect the quality of life for the people of San Marcos through the acquisition and management of interconnected parks and natural areas. The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and other community organizations work with the City to develop trails and ensure a quality experience.


To report a problem or give a suggestion, contact San Marcos Parks and Recreation.
Emergencies call 911.