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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  • May 19, 2017
    Gorgeous area of Texas, very friendly people and Bandera has a few decent places to eat. The 1856 tavern does good pizza!  more »
  • April 17, 2017
    Beautiful, rugged and remote! Wildlife aplenty! In many places, horses and hikers may encounter each other - we really appreciated (and our horses did, too!) the hikers willingness, patience and kindn...  more »
  • April 10, 2017
    Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful showing us all the different wild flowers. The walk was easy and beautiful. I would highly recommend this activity.  more »
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  • May 9, 2017
    Is everything one hopes to see in the hills. Entering through a gravel road, being greeted by park rangers with cowgirl hats on smoking marboros, women taking their horses for a trail ride, and a rolling hills landscape making every moment picturesque. My friend wanted to swim and the well informative ranger recommended Heritage Loop to, Chiquita Falls trail, ending with the Comanche bluff . Though we didn't see a lot of wild life, the Hill Country flowers were beautiful and brought the park to life!
  • June 8, 2017
    Love riding here. Great park staff and well maintained. Beautiful scenery with varied terrain.
  • October 19, 2016
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    A great place to hike, but be careful as many trails are sandy and you can lose footing easier
  • June 12, 2017
    Beautiful and fun! Lots of trails, good backcountry camping.

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