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The Best Backpacking in San Marcos

Looking for the best backpacking in San Marcos? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around San Marcos. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near San Marcos

  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Tonkawa, Buckeye, Roadrunner Loop

    4 mi / 387 ft gain
    Tonkawa, Buckeye and Roadrunner Loop is a 3.98 mile loop hike that takes you by a river located near San Marcos, TX.
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Limbo Loop

    1 mi / 55 ft gain
    The Limbo Loop is a 1-mile loop hike in San Marcos, Texas found within the Purgatory Creek Green space. The trail is a filled with nature and wildlife. The trail is beautiful during the spring, with an abundance of wildflowers. It is mostly shaded, with few inclines. The trail is family and dog-...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Dante's, Lower Purgatory Creek And Blue Trail Loop

    2.7 mi / 141 ft gain
    Dante's, Lower Purgatory Creek and Blue Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile loop hike located in San Marcos, Texas. Located outside of downtown, it serves as a great nature trail for hiking, biking, and general exercise. It's primarily shaded and is a very moderate trail. It is not heavily trafficked, espec...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Lower Purgatory Creek Greenspace To Dante's Trail Loop

    3.5 mi / 173 ft gain
    The Lower Purgatory Creek Greenspace to Dante's Trail Loop is a 3.5 mile loop hike located in San Marcos, Texas. The trail is great for hiking, biking and general exercise. It's shaded for the most part. The trail is very rocky and uneven at certain points, but flat and smooth at others. It's a f...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Dante's Trail And Backend Loop

    2.5 mi / 213 ft gain
    The Dante's Trail and Backend Loop is a 2.5 mile loop hike located within the Purgatory Creek Greenspace area just south of San Marcos, Texas. This particular section of the Greenspace is made of flattened crushed gravel and is mostly shaded. The trail is very well maintained and several benches ...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike Flint Rock Loop

    2.5 mi / 147 ft gain
    Flint Rock Loop is a 2.5 mile loop hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Austin, TX.
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike Three Falls Hike

    7.3 mi / 275 ft gain
    The Three Falls Hike is a 7.3 mile out and back hike located in the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, Texas. The hike is heavily trafficked. The trail takes you past three waterfalls, which during the summer time serve as extremely popular swimming holes. Please note that the flow of the waterfa...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike Laurel, Yaupon, Possum And Arroyo Vista Loop

    1.8 mi / 288 ft gain
    Laurel, Yaupon, Possum and Arroyo Vista Loop is a 1.8 mile loop hike that takes you by a waterfall located near Austin, TX.
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  • Johnson City, Texas

    Hike Wolf Mountain, Juniper Ridge And South Loop Equestrian Trail

    6.6 mi / 374 ft gain
    The Wolf Mountain, Juniper Ridge and South Loop Equestrian Trail is a 6.6 mile loop hike within Pedernales Falls State Park, right outside of Johnson City, Texas. The trail is pretty wide and great for all sorts of exercising and social distancing. The trail is relatively moderate, with few incl...
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  • Johnson City, Texas

    Hike Wolf Mountain And Juniper Ridge Trail Loop

    11.2 mi / 472 ft gain
    Wolf Mountain and Juniper Ridge Trail Loop is a 11.2 mile loop hike within Pedernales Falls State Park, right outside of Johnson City, Texas. The trail is pretty wide and great for all sorts of exercising and social distancing. The trail is relatively moderate and well maintained. There is littl...
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  • Boerne, Texas

    Paddle Guadalupe River at Berghiem

    5.0
    Drive up to Bergheim Campgrounds located at 103 White Water Rd Boerne, TX 78006 for a safe place to park your vehicles. From Here you can rent kayaks, canoes or bring your own and can even arrange a drop-off or pick-up shuttle.A short 3-mile paddle to Edge Falls road is a great afternoon adventu...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike the Great Hills Park Trail

    2.31 mi / 127 ft gain
    The Great Hills Park trail is a 2.3 mile point-to-point nature trail found within the Great Hills neighborhood of Northwest Austin. The trail is perfect for cycling, hiking, or just for taking a regular walk. The hike features a multitude of wildlife and is primarily shaded. There are several bat...
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  • San Antonio, Texas

    Hike Yucca And Hillview Nature Trail Loop South

    3.3 mi / 282 ft gain
    Yucca and Hillview Nature Trail Loop South is a 3.3 mile loop hike located in Northwest San Antonio within Eisenhower Park.  This is a very family friendly park. There is a playground at the entrance of the trail and an educational area. The park is known for its attraction of wildlife and natur...
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  • San Antonio, Texas

    Hike the Hillview Nature Trail

    2.9 mi / 285 ft gain
    The Hillview Nature Trail is a 2.9 mile loop hike located in Northwest San Antonio within Eisenhower Park. This trail is extremely heavily trafficked. This is a very family friendly park. There is a playground at the entrance of the trail and an educational area. The park is known for its attrac...
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  • San Antonio, Texas

    Hike Yucca And Hillview Nature Trail Loop North

    2.5 mi / 288 ft gain
    The Yucca and Hillview Nature Trail Loop North is a 2.5 mile loop hike located in Northwest San Antonio within Eisenhower Park.  This is a very family friendly park. There is a playground at the entrance of the trail and an educational area. The park is known for its attraction of wildlife and n...
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  • San Antonio, Texas

    Hike Restoration Way Trail Loop

    5.1 mi / 511 ft gain
    The Restoration Way Trail Loop is a 5.1 mile loop hike located in Northwest San Antonio within  Friedrich Park. The trail is definitely one of the more challenging trails in the park.  Portions of the trail are paved, however this particular loop is not recommended for those that have mobility l...
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