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Backpacking for Beginners

Join a park ranger and experts from REI San Antonio to learn backpacking best practices!

REI San Antonio will be at Hill Country State Natural Area to share their favorite backpacking tips and tricks. We’ll start by learning what exactly you should pack before we hike out to a backcountry campsite to experience how to set up camp!

  • Sign-up: Please email Emmalyn.Terracciano@tpwd.texas.gov to sign-up for this program. Sign-up is limited to the first 16 participants before a waitlist is formed. NOTE: for the health and safety of our visitors, only the first 6 participants to sign up will have a guaranteed spot for the time being. Updates to follow.
  • Meet: We will meet at the picnic tables at the Trailhead Parking Area.
  • Length: 3 hours. This program includes a hike to and from the Wilderness Camp (2 miles there, 2 miles back). We will use the Wilderness Trail, moderate terrain.
  • What to bring: Plenty of water, sturdy hiking shoes, hats/sunscreen, snacks for the trail (optional). Please note that this program does not include an overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Fees: Free with park admission. Park entrance fees are $6 per adult (13 years of age and older), free for children under 13.
  • Note: Backpacking for Beginners is subject to cancellation due to weather and trail conditions. If you’re signed up for the program, you will receive an email update if the program will be cancelled. You may also call Hill Country SNA HQ at 830-796-4413 to check on trail conditions.