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Experience Hill Country State Natural Area

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Scenic view of hilltop at Hill Country State Natural Area

Fifty miles west of San Antonio, and just a couple miles outside Bandera, you’ll find a piece of Hill Country history. Formerly a working ranch, Hill Country State Natural Area has over 5,000 acres of rugged trails, rolling hills, and scenic views. Opened to the public in 1984, the terrain includes over 40 miles of multi-use trails as well as several limited-use swimming holes and streams for fishing.

A place where one can really get away from modern life, visitors are encouraged to bring any and all supplies they may need during their stay. Camping sites are available throughout the area, providing a wonderful place for families to set up their tents and get back to nature. This video, courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife, provides a brief glimpse into the beauty of Hill Country State Natural Area.

As you can see, Hill Country State Natural Area is a perfect place for kids of all ages to experience the outdoors. From guided horseback tours to wildflower walks to group lodgings for the entire family, this Hill Country park is a destination well worth the drive. Make sure to check their website for weather updates, entry/camping fees and events: