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Hill Country State Natural Area, Bandera

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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 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...  read 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 ...  read more »
  • We didn't get to hike any of the trails, the rains had flooded them, so we drove up the road a couple miles to the house for rent. The drive was pretty, there were several places that we stopped and p...  read more »
  • 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
  • Rugged hikes. You'll need to bring your own water and be prepared with good hiking boots. Also, The cell service is spotty in the area.
  • A Texas treasure. Hill country state is right outside the country town of Bandera. You can swim in the river, then go to this huge natural area to hike.
  • Beautiful! Visited for my anniversary. Definitely would recommend.
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