Brooke Leftwich, Natural Resources Manager
PO Box 1006, San Marcos, TX 78667-1006
Hays County updated the Hays County Parks, Open Space & Natural Areas Plan in 2011. Learn more about how this plan will guide the County’s parks system for years to come.
The Hays County parks system at the Five Mile Dam Park Complex on the Blanco River added a third venue for recreation on Sept. 18, 2010, with the grand opening of a 43-acre soccer complex developed in conjunction with the City of San Marcos and other partners. It adjoins two Hays County parks along the Blanco River: Dudley Johnson Park and Randall Vetter Park.
The parks are located at 4440 S. Old Stagecoach Road, which is just north of San Marcos off of Post Road, across the street from the Blanco Vista subdivision.
Find Five Mile Dam Park on the Map here.
Side by side along the Blanco River, Johnson and Vetter Parks offer picnic tables (some shaded by trees or covers), walking trails and access to the river for swimmers and non-motorized boats. Some of the trails are ADA-accessible, as are restrooms located on the property.
Dudley Connaly Johnson Park became Hays County’s first park in 1973 when Thomas C. Johnson, Jr., of San Marcos donated approximately 16.5 acres of land at Five Mile Dam to the County for a park named in honor of his brother. Johnson Park has a natural setting and beautiful nature views.
Randall Wade Vetter Park was named in November 2003 for the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who lost his life in the line of duty on Aug. 7, 2000, on nearby Yarrington Road. Vetter Park is 18 river-front acres of trees, natural settings and approximately a quarter mile of Blanco River access. The park has seven BBQ grills with picnic tables and an innovative trail constructed of pervious concrete that is ADA (American with Disabilities Act) approved.
The Soccer Complex features 10 soccer fields (four are lighted), a concession stand, playscape, walking paths, restrooms and parking. The grand opening on Sept. 18, 2010, saw some 3,000 persons show up to see the facilities and participate in the complex’s first soccer tournament. To schedule use of the soccer fields or concession stand, contact the San Marcos Area Youth Soccer Organization.
There is no charge for access to Hays County Parks (map to parks). The parks are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time (begins second Sunday in March) and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Standard Time (begins first Sunday in November). For additional park regulations, see the Parks Regulation Ordinance.