Purgatory Greenspace  - DanteTrail, San Marcos

Directions: From downtown San Marcos, take W. Hopkins St. to Bishop St. and turn west. Drive 0.9 miles on Bishop and turn left on Franklin St. Stay on Franklin for 4 blocks to its end. Make a sharp right at the upper Purgatory greenspace sign and cross the cattle guard onto a ranch road. Stay on the ranch road without going through any gates. Watch for another greenspace sign when you cross another cattle guard just before the road turns to the right toward the parking area. Craddock Avenue is being constructed currently so that it will continue straight through to the entrance road.

Trail Information: 4.7 mile long loop through the 463 acre greenspace provides hike and bike recreation through a rather porous section of the Edwards Aquifer. Juniper groves, meadows, ephemeral wetlands, and oak mottes co-exist in Purgatory Creek Greenspace. The park's in-town location makes it a perfect greenspace when you need a quick nature fix.

Miscellaneous Information: http://smgreenbelt.org/SMNaturalAreas.htm#ProspectPark

Mary Van Zant