Public workshops scheduled in late March for proposed Emerald Crown nature trail


The public is invited to attend one of three workshops over the course of three days at the end of March to learn about the proposed trail that would connect San Marcos, Buda and Kyle to South Austin’s Violet Crown Trail.

In the fall, Texas State University geography department students mapped 12 conceptual trails that could eventually become the so-called Emerald Crown Trail, and now, the public is invited to weigh in on which trail option it prefers.

“This trail will be to get people from one place to another,” San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance Executive Director Mark Taylor told Hays County commissioners in early January, adding transportation was its primary goal. “I think we will ultimately find—if we’re able to put this project together—that our communities [will be]connected more closely. That includes not just the three cities but the rural areas.”

The trail will likely accommodate two-way traffic and have varying surface levels depending on the topography, Taylor said.

The workshops will begin with a presentation regarding the proposed trail, followed by an opportunity for the public to provide comments to the work group, which consists of San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance; Hays County; the cities of Buda, Kyle and San Marcos; the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at
Texas State University; the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust; the Hill Country Conservancy; the Texas State University Geography Department; and Take-a- Hike San Marcos.

The workshops will be facilitated by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.

The events will be held the following days at 7 p.m.:

  • March 27: San Marcos City Park Recreation Hall, 170 Charles Austin Drive, San Marcos
  • March 28: Buda City Hall, 121 S. Main St., Buda
  • March 29: Kyle City Hall, 100 W. Center St., Kyle

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  1. Patricia Saunders

    Why do we need hike-and-bike trails throughout the Hill Country and nearby towns to connect San Marcos to Austin? We have enough, maybe too many, connections to Austin and its influences now. We have more people living in Hays County and leaving more litter on the streets and roadways than ever before as they travel to Austin or San Marcos or San Antonio for work. Having this trail will just add traffic and trash that gets left behind. If you doubt this, take a look at existing parks and trails and how often they require the expense of cleanup for all the litter that people leave behind. Those of us who live in semi-rural and rural areas of Hays County do so because we love the beauty and peace of our surroundings. This trail will quickly put an end to both benefits.

  2. I appreciate your coverage of this matter, as no other entity has sought to inform us residents of San Marcos, Buda, and Kyle of these upcoming meetings. However, you did not even place this article in our own local edition (only in Southwest Austin?), so our residents still don’t know about the meetings or the plans! I agree with Ms Saunders above. We chose a rural place to live so we could enjoy the beauty of our surroundings, unimpaired by strangers traipsing through our neighborhoods. There are HOMES and PEOPLE living where these trails are planned.

  3. Looks like whoever planned it is clueless. They are wanting to put a hiking trail directly next to a hunting range and through a septic field…. And those are just the issues directly adjacent to my property.

  4. We moved to this area off Hilliard to get AWAY from Austin and to enjoy privacy and natural wildlife. More foot-traffic from homo sapiens is not conducive to our community and is damaging to our environment.

Marie Albiges
Marie Albiges was the editor for the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covered San Marcos City Council, San Marcos CISD and Hays County Commissioners Court. Marie previously reported for the Central Austin edition. Marie moved to Austin from Williamsburg, Va. in 2016 and was born in France. She has since moved on from Community Impact in May 2018.
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