September 3, 2014

Wild Texas Parks: Hill Country State Natural Area - Bandera, TX

Hill Country State Natural Area
Bandera, Texas


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About the State Park

Terrain at Hill Country SNA
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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.

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.

Park Ratings

Explanation of Symbols
Campsites/Overnight Facilities** 2 star
Leashed Pets Permitted?Animated Running Dog 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 Notebook

Characterized 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.

For more information, read our trip reports:

  • Shannon Camps Solo
  • Sultry Hill Country SNA
  • Location

    From Bandera, travel south on State Highway 173, go across the Medina River and continue for approximately .25 mile to State Highway 1077, turn right and go 10 miles on Ranch Road 1077 to end of the blacktop. Continue on the unpaved road and follow the park signs to the park headquarters.

    The nearest major Texas cities are: Abilene, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio

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    29.6280201° Latitude    -99.1811317° Longitude (WGS84/NAD83; decimal degrees)
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    Hours

    Open 7 days a week year-round.

    Check for restricted park access before any trip. When controlled public hunts are in progress, general access is not permitted.

    Fees

    A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $3 per person for adults 13 years of age and older. (Texas residents age 65 or older pay only $2 per person.) NOTE: Listed fees may not be accurate year-round due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.

    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

    Reserve Now for campsites or other park facilities.

    Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD's Central Reservation System at (512)389-8900 from 9 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday, 9 AM to noon on Saturdays.

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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Contact the Hill Country State Natural Area Partners (S.N.A.P.), the officially recognized non-profit support group of Hill Country State Natural Area, at P.O. Box 2282, Bandera, TX 78003.

    Official Contact Information

    The State Park is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Hill Country State Natural Area
    10600 Bandera Creek Road
    Bandera, TX 78003

    Telephone: (830)796-4413
    TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112

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