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Hill Country State Natural Area

10600 Bandera Creek Road


Hill Country State Natural Area is located in Bandera and Medina counties, 45 miles northwest of San Antonio. The 5,369.8-acre site was acquired by gift and purchase in 1976 and was opened to the public in 1984. The bulk of the site was a donation from the Merrick Bar-O Ranch with the stipulation that it "be kept far removed and untouched by modern civilization, where everything is preserved intact, yet put to a useful purpose."

Things to Do

Tucked away in the rugged terrain southwest of Bandera is Hill Country State Natural Area, an undeveloped and secluded retreat. Approximately 40 miles of multiuse trails wind up grassy valleys, cross spring-fed streams, and climb steep limestone hills. Equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers can enjoy exploring the trails. Campsites for primitive and back country camping are available to equestrian and non-equestrian campers. There is also a Group Lodge with a kitchen. 

Swimming and fishing are not available at this time due to extremely low water levels. Fire danger conditions can change rapidly and a burn ban can be enacted with little advanced notice. Please contact the park for current conditions prior to your arrival. 


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