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Rio Vista Park is one of the most unique and fun things to do in San Marcos. This little city park is a refreshing place where you can swim or simply relax and bask in the pool-like water of the San Marcos River.

The 14-acre regional park is home to sports courts, a swimming pool, picnic areas, and hiking/biking trails. It also contains Purgatory Creek Natural Area, a relaxing spring-fed hotspot with lovely cool water. Learn more!

The Falls

This was taken on a fall day when the bald cypress trees were starting to show their colors and was a perfect contrast to the blue of the river.

The San Marcos River comes out of the Edwards Aquifer through 200 spring openings at the bottom of Spring Lake and winds through over 130 acres of parkland. The river provides a refreshing playground for swimming, tubing, and canoeing.

There are a couple of nice waterfalls along the way that make for great photo opportunities. It is not uncommon to see kayakers “surfing” the rapids and sunbathers along the river banks. This is the point of pick-up for the Lions Club Tube shuttle.

The beds were super comfy, the room was very clean and the staff was amazing!! We will definitely stay here again when we visit. Fairfield Inn New Braunfels is a 3-star hotel located a short drive from Rio Vista Park and offers modern accommodations with free WiFi access throughout the property.

The River

Located in the college town of San Marcos, this park is a favorite tubing, swimming, and kayaking spot in the Texas Hill Country. Whether you just want to play in the crystal clear water or take an adventure out on the river, you’ll have a blast.

The river is full of wildlife and plant life including some endangered wild rice. It’s important to know that wild rice does not grow in deep lakes, such as Spring Lake and Rio Vista Dam. It thrives in the moving medium-depth water upstream of those dams.

We loved the bald cypress fall colors and how they popped against the blue of the water. This is a place to visit year-round. This article is worth reading.

The Park

The San Marcos River is a refreshing playground for swimming, tubing, kayaking, and canoeing. The bald cypress trees along the river provide shade from the sun and the colors of fall are beginning to pop with reds and oranges.

Rio Vista Park is the point of pick-up for the Lions Club tube shuttle. You can bring your own tube or rent one from the Lions Club upstream at City Park. The park has Restrooms, Tennis Courts, 1/2 Basketball Court, Benches, a Pavilion, City Swimming Pool, Hike, and Bike Trails.

This is a 0.6-mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Marcos, Texas that features a picnic area and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September through May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash. The parking lot is small and fills quickly so carpooling is suggested.

The Trails

San Marcos is a city that embraces the outdoors. The crystal clear San Marcos River runs strong through the center of the city, and it’s surrounded by miles of greenbelt areas and parks. Texas State University supports local careers and exudes a vibrant young culture, while preserved nature areas are spread out across the town.

Whether you want to swim in the Rio Vista dam or take a tubing trip downstream, there’s something for everyone in this unique city. The downtown area has great shopping, restaurants, and entertainment options. The San Marcos Art Center features a wide variety of fine artwork and handmade jewelry, while the Calaboose African American Museum is located inside a former county jail from the 1800s.

The city park has pickleball courts, a basketball court, and tennis courts. There’s also a pavilion, a city swimming pool, and hiking/biking trails. For a scenic hike, check out Schulle Canyon trail with secluded footpaths and plaques that tell you what kind of trees and plants you’re passing by. Continue reading about Schlitterbahn Waterpark.


Driving directions from Next Level Flooring to Rio Vista Park

Driving directions from Rio Vista Park to Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels