Ringtail Ridge is located on a caliche road (1818 Old Ranch Road 12) between Dakota Ranch Apartments and Crestwood U-Haul with an additional pedestrian and biking trailhead between Community Baptist Church and Dakota Ranch Apartments (1814 Old Ranch Road 12).
This natural area is made up of 45 acres with a ½-mile Tex’s Trail, a caliche trail circling three wet-weather ponds and an additional 2 ½ mile single-track trail offering a beginner mountain bike experience. The stock ponds offer opportunities for birding and bug walks not easily found on the drier Purgatory Creek Natural Area.
The natural area is the former site of the Hughson Meat Company founded in 1947 by Cecil “Pop” Hughson and his brother, Johnny Hughson. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awarded the City of San Marcos and SMGA a National Trails Grant in the amount of $40,087 in August 2007 to help fund the project which included a one-half mile accessible trail, parking lot improvements, and an interpretive kiosk.