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‘From the Alamo to the capitol’ | New project will connect San Antonio and Austin with 100+ miles of trail

The bold new project hopes to full the community of connecting trails by the Texas Bicentennial of 2036.

SAN ANTONIO — The Great Springs Project is a brand new effort to connect the cities of Austin and San Antonio with greater than 100 miles of mountain climbing and biking trails.

The ambitious new project hopes to full the community of connecting trails by the Texas Bicentennial of 2036.

Sections of the trail will probably be inbuilt phases. A brand new doc by the project was posted this week that lays out the path of the trails. The project additionally concerned Texas Parks and Wildlife.

“Community, connectivity, and conservation are at the heart of the Great Springs Project,” mentioned Carter Smith, Executive Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife commented. “Texas Parks & Wildlife is proud to support this regional vision that honors and protects the rich history, culture, and natural resources of Texas’ famed Hill Country.”

The identify of the project refers to the springs the trails will connect. The community of trails will begin to the north at Barton Springs, the crown jewel of Austin. As you journey southwest, you encounter San Marcos Springs, which is a protected habitat for 5 endangered species. Below that’s Comal Springs, which feeds the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers and is the largest spring in Texas. The trail community ends at the San Antonio Spring which feeds the San Antonio River and as soon as had springs of water rising up greater than 20 ft in the air!

In different locations, trail alignments have been deliberate by native communities, or have alignments which are nonetheless to be decided. 

Local officers additionally say the trail would have financial advantages for each cities and the I-35 hall. Private firms are partnering in the effort.

“With more than 13,500 GM employees calling Texas home, and 13 facilities in the state, we are proud to support the Great Springs Project with a philanthropic grant to help enable their vision to address the most critical sustainability challenges facing the Central Texas region,” mentioned Jessica James, senior supervisor, Climate Equity Fund at General Motors.  

Click here for the proposed map and extra info on the project.

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