Purgatory Creek Park, San Marcos, Texas
Overall Rating: 9/10 Good for: 13+ Time Spent: 3 hours
A couple days ago Timothy and I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Purgatory Creek Park off Hunter Rd in San Marcos, Texas. While the park itself is rather large, it is most certainly only made for hiking/running. We enjoyed ourselves immensely for miles and will certainly be returning in no time.
The park itself is large enough (for central Texas) but it is definitely made for hiking and nothing else. Biking could be a challenge for beginners and there were no playgrounds/kids areas to be seen. The website tells me the most popular trails are Dante, Paraiso, and Malacoda, which I can say, without a doubt, is true.
Timothy and I followed Dante most of the way through the park (straying every once in awhile for a trail that looked interesting). This particular trail was about 3.5 miles but was almost completely flat and the trail itself was in great shape making it an easy and absolutely doable for all.
The most notable downside of the park is its proximity to the highway. At one point, Timothy and I were actually walking under a major bridge. At which point, the trail was becoming a bit hard to follow. My advice: look for the painted posts. After spotting our designated color, we were able to make it back to the trail.
My favorite aspect of Purgatory Park was its accessibility and levelness. These trails are quite, flat, easy to follow (for the most part) and would be a great spot to go for a run or hike. The trails are mostly shaded, so visiting in the early summer months is definitely an option and one that you should explore.
Overall, this was a great experience. I loved the atmosphere and the trails themselves, and running into people walking dogs, was pretty great too. We will definitely be returning many times until the infamous Texas heat makes outdoor travel more work than fun.