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The Great Springs Project's 100-mile trail could connect the Capitol to the Alamo by 2036

Barton Springs will mark the farthest northern point of the Great Springs Project Trail. (austintx.gov)

Central Texans will be able to walk from Austin to San Antonio and all the communities in between, connecting 50,000 acres over the Edwards Aquifer, before 15 years are up.


The Great Springs Project, with help from Alta Planning + Design, announced plans for the proposed 100-mile trail on Monday, with the goal to complete the massive web of interconnected trails by the Texas Bicentennial in 2036.

The trail will connect four major Edwards Aquifer springs. (Great Springs Project)

The network will connect already-existing trails with proposed trails to fill in the gaps. The trail will likely be built in phases depending on:

  • Funding
  • Landowner negotiation
  • Establishing right of way
  • Permitting
  • Design
  • Construction

(Great Springs Project)

The goal of the project is to conserve land and local ecosystems running through the Edwards Aquifer as the region bustles with growth, while simultaneously connecting people to nature. The trails will run through Barton Springs, San Marcos Springs, Comal Springs and San Antonio Springs.

GSP says they plan to fund the project through a mix of “local, state, and federal funding with private investment.”

Lower Colorado River Authority general manager Phil Wilson said he expects the project to raise awareness about caring for the region’s vital resources, but also have a “valuable economic impact” through tourism.

Meanwhile, former Mayor of San Antonio Henry Cisneros said the project is “absolutely the best hope for a permanent, unifying, and essential greenspace that demonstrates our respect for our land, our natural resources, our history, our outdoor spirit, and our commitment to the common good.”

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