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Hill Country State Natural Area, Bandera
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Hill Country State Natural Area preserves 5369acre of rugged Hill Country terrain in Bandera County, Texas. It was first opened to the public in 1984. Since HCSNA is designated a Natural Area rather than a State Park, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.'s first priority is the maintenance and preservation of the property's natural state. Accordingly, facilities are purposely somewhat primitive and recreational activities may be curtailed if the TPWD deems it necessary to protect the environment.LocationHill Country State Natural Area is located on the border of Bandera County and Medina County, approximately 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Bandera, Texas, 20 miles (32 km) north of Hondo, Texas, and 45 miles (72 km) west-northwest of San Antonio, Texas,Geography and GeologySet in the scenic hills and canyons typical of the Texas Hill Country, the preserve lies about ten miles north of the Balcones escarpment and within the Balcones Fault Zone. The elevation ranges from approximately 1280to. The local Woodard Cave Fault runs through the property on a general east-west line. The terrain of the area consists of eroded limestone hills and mesas, typical landforms of the Hill Country. There are also relatively flat bottomland areas surrounding the small creeks that drain the property. The local bedrock is exposed throughout much of the preserve. The highest hilltops, and the lower hills in the southern part of the Natural Area, are capped by fairly resistant limestone of the Fort Terret formation within the Edwards Group, which is the dominant bedrock of the Edwards Plateau to the north. The rest of the preserve lies atop the softer, more easily eroded Upper Glen Rose Formation, also a limestone. Both are flat-lying, fossiliferous formations dating from the Cretaceous Period.
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  • I enjoyed a trip all the way through this Natural Area! It's quiet, beautiful, and fun for an afternoon drive along the dirt roads. 
  • I got drawn to hunt the HSNA for white tail deer and exotics and it was a wonderful time. I didn't get to harvest a deer or aoudad, but had fun looking for them. The staff was friendly, and we had a g...  more »
  • My mom and I wanted to swim and hike while in Bandera. This park has it all, You can being your horses here, camp, bike, swim. We just went for the day. In order to park on the park you have to buy a ...  more »
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  • what a wonderful place to have , I have come to this "park " for over 10 years, I have several horses and this is my go to pace, In fact I hardly wont ride any where else, It is equipped with running water, and a place to wash up after rides , Bring your own bucket for your horses, average parking for horse trailers , very good trails are well marked for novice riders to most experienced riders. you get a map of the park when you check in, be sure to pay attention when it tells you its rugged , because it is... . a great place to keep your horses legged up. I really enjoy my rides their, Every Christmas my one true gift I want in my stocking in a yearly pass.. it pays for it self quickly.. What I most enjoy about the park is that's its only for equestrians and hikers and mountain bikes( no motors)Go try it out, it is truly a great place.
  • This place is like a hidden gem in the hill country. Beautiful trails and not all that far from San Antonio. I plan to come back with a mountain bike, next time.
  • Beautiful and pristine park! Had a fantastic day trail riding. Well marked trails and the views are incredible!
  • Great place to hike. Some of the trails can be quite trying though and I suggest not to hike alone. There is no emergency service there to retrive injured hikers and no open radio frequency to communicate with rangers. You are on your own. Trails are not improved. Recommend if you want to be with nature. The views are worthy every drop of sweat. Be sure to have GOOD hiking boots; tennis shoes won't work. If not sure you can do it, try Rancho Cortez first -- they are adjacent to the park and have guided hiking groups. I usually hike with them. And the last: have PLENTY of water with you. You may need every drop of it.
  • One of my favorite parks in Texas. It's always better when it's been raining since it's mostly creek and spring water in the area. Great for trail Runners and mountain bikers, lots of trails and usually not very busy. Perfect place for a peaceful hike. Camping is available, with a few remote campsites as well for those that like to hike with a pack. It's mostly an equestrian park though, so we can get quite busy when they have meetups and whatnot