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6 Great Places for Stargazing in The Hill Country

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The dark skies over the Texas Hill Country create the perfect environment for stargazing. Take a break from the lights of the city and escape to one of these serene locations to gaze at the spectacular night sky views.

Almost every Texas state park offers stargazing opportunities, because they are located away from urban sprawl and light pollution. We included the parks with annual or upcoming stargazing events. Enjoy your stargazing in The Hill Country.

6. Hill Country State Natural Area

6 Great Places for Stargazing in The Hill Country

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The Hill Country State Natural Area preserves 5,369 acres of the rugged Hill Country landscape in Bandera County, Texas. The goal of this state park is to preserve the natural state of its scenic hills and canyons, so campsites and other facilities are primitive. The park offers 40 miles of multi-use trails for backpacking, primitive camping and horseback riding,

This summer, astronomers from the San Antonio Astronomical Association will bring their telescopes and allow the public to take a peek at the night sky. Visitors may, of course, bring their own scopes and binoculars.

This event is free, but regular park entry fees or annual pass apply.

5. Blanco State Park

6 Great Places for Stargazing in The Hill Country

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Blanco State Park spans 104.6 acres along a mile of the Blanco River and features camping, swimming, nature trails and a wildlife viewing station.

The park hosts a semi-annual educational event called Stars in the Park. This event offers visitors the opportunity to learn about astronomy and gaze at the stars, planets and galaxies through different telescopes. Volunteers from the Hill Country Astronomers help with the equipment and answer questions.

The springtime event was held in April, and the fall season event usually occurs in November. The events are free with a day entry permit into Blanco State Park.

4. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

6 Great Places for Stargazing in The Hill Country
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