Hill Country State Natural Area
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About the State Park
Scenic vistas, spring-fed streams and rugged beauty abound at 5,400-acre Hill Country State Natural Area. The park's approximately 40 miles of mixed-use trails are ideal for horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, and offroad bicycling (mountain biking.) Several trail sections are closed to offroad cyclists. Swimming and fishing opportunities are available in the area's spring-fed West Verde Creek.
Terrain at Hill Country SNA Copyright © Shannon D. Moore
The natural area is undeveloped, lacking paved roads, potable water, restrooms, or other amenities. A group lodge is available by reservation; primitive campsites are available for equestrians, backpackers, and walk-in (tent) campers.
Anglers may hook catfish, perch, and largemouth bass. Observation opportunities exist for wildlife such as white-tail deer, various lizards, rabbits, red-tailed hawks, and songbirds.
Explanation of Symbols Campsites/Overnight Facilities 2 star Leashed Pets Permitted? YES Picnic Areas/Playgrounds 1 star Solitude 3 star Trail System 4 star Water Recreation 0 star Wildlife 3 star Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).
Wild Texas NotebookCharacterized by steep, rocky hills, wooded groves, and scenic views, Hill Country State Natural Area is one of my favorite parks. Justin and I have hiked many of the trails in the park and have never been disappointed. There are 9 primary trails and 12 connecting trails to choose from, making it easy to select a route that meets your desires and abilities. Some of the most scenic views we have found thus far are from West Peak (Trail 5B) as well as Cougar Canyon (Trail 4) which has an overlook (Trail 4A) in the vicinity of the Hermit's Shack camping area. If you're not up to camping overnight within the natural area, numerous dude ranches and resorts are nestled in the hills throughout Bandera County. For more information on neighboring facilities, contact the Bandera Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-364-3833.
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Shannon Camps Solo Sultry Hill Country SNA
The nearest major Texas cities are: Abilene, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio
Check for restricted park access before any trip. When controlled public hunts are in progress, general access is not permitted.
Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
Note: Learn about the $60 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts passholders, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.
Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD's Central Reservation System at
|Hill Country State Natural Area
10600 Bandera Creek Road
Bandera, TX 78003
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112