Hiking

100-mile hiking trail between Austin and San Antonio expected to be completed in 2036

A non-profit organization, The Great Springs Projectis working on creating an expensive 100-mile hiking and biking trail between Austin and San Antonio.

The green corridor will be created above the Edwards Aquifer recharge area, but efforts to preserve the 50,000 acres of land will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

The bike ride piste map will also link Barton Springs, San Marcos Springs, Comal Springs and San Antonio Springs. The springs are considered sacred ground for the indigenous community of the Miakan-Garza Band.

According Texas monthly, 96% of the land is private. The Great Springs Project has an 844-acre ranch just north of the contract trailhead. The one-acre ranch has been listed for over $8 million.

Estimated trail completion, conservation efforts, and source reunification are scheduled for 2036.

Can the Great Springs project complete the dream hiking and biking trail? How is the project financed? What other help is the Great Springs project getting to complete the walking and cycling trail?

In what other ways will the Edwards Aquifer recharge area be preserved? How will the project be fair as the areas continue to grow?

Guests:

  • Garry MerritCEO of the Great Springs Project
  • Marie Roche, Miakan-Garza Band Elder and member of the Great Springs Project Equity Task Force

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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, May 12.