If you’ve ever dreamed of taking an unbroken hike through the Hill Country, that may soon be possible. The Great Springs Project seeks to create a 100-mile nature trail from Austin to San Antonio, leading straight through the heart of Texas.
Launched in 2018, the Great Springs Project seeks to create a 100-mile network of trails that runs from Austin to San Antonio.
The trail is so named because it will cross over four natural springs: Barton, San Marcos, Comal, and San Antonio.
Ultimately, the goal is to protect the lands in this vitally important region of Texas. According to the founders, it’s now or never, especially since the area is expanding so rapidly.
Another cool fact about the trail is that it will connect two of Texas’ most iconic landmarks. You could hop on at The Alamo, and hike or bike your way to the Texas State Capitol.
What do all four springs have in common? They’re fed by the Edwards Aquifer, one of the most prolific artesian aquifers in the world. The Edwards Aquifer serves a variety of purposes, from providing drinking water to two million people to housing a number of endangered species. It even (indirectly) feeds the ever-popular Barton Springs Pool in Austin!