Hill Country State Natural Area

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Hill Country State Natural Area

  • Wildflowers & Horseback Riders
    Bring your horse and your friends to explore this former Hill Country ranch.
  • First Day Hikers at Hill Country
    Hike, bike or ride trails ranging from easy to challenging.
  • Riders Cross Creek at HCSNA
    Enjoy a scenic and rugged mosaic of rocky hills, flowing springs, oak groves and grasslands.
  • Hill Country View
    Find a place to sit quietly, enjoy the breeze, and take in the far views.

Back to Nature

Explore over 5,000 acres of rugged canyons, scenic plateaus and tranquil creek bottoms at this former ranch northwest of San Antonio. Escape from the bustle of modern life to a more relaxed time and place.

Things to Do

Hill Country State Natural Area offers primitive camping, backpacking, na­ture-watching and multiuse trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horse­back riders. Reserve our lodge for your group.

Help us keep this natural area pristine by following these rules:

  • Trails and backcountry camp­sites may be closed to protect sensitive areas or for bad weather; observe closure signs. Call or check our Face­book page or Twitter feed for up­dates before your visit.
  • Campfires are allowed only in fire rings. You must bring fire­wood; you may not gather dead wood or cut standing timber here.
  • Pets must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet. We strictly enforce this rule.

Fire danger conditions can change rapidly, leading to burn bans with little notice. Check with us before your visit.

We do not have a park store, so bring everything you will need.


Trails range from easy to challenging, from one-mile strolls to miles-long rambles. Learn more on our Trails Information page.

The easy Heritage Loop takes you past remnants of the for­mer ranch. The West Peak Overlook is a staff favorite, with a steep climb leading to expansive views of the western Hill Country.

Horseback riding

Bring your own horses to explore the natural area (you must present proof of current Coggins). Trail terrain ranges from flat, broad prairies to steep, rocky canyons.

Our day-use equestrian area is next to headquarters, and has a water trough, hitching posts and a flush toilet. You can also stay overnight at an eques­trian campsite. To conserve water, we do not have horse-washing stations.

The equestrian arena is available by reservation only; contact the natural area for information.


Get back to nature at one of our prim­i­tive walk-in or hike-in campsites. These sites have vault toilets nearby, but no showers. 

The lodge is available for those with and without horses. It has a kitchen and bathroom and sleeps nine. Five stalls, two pens and corrals are nearby.

Horseback riders can reserve an equestrian campsite or the group camp. The group camp comes with a barn and nine stalls. This camp has water and a vault toilet nearby, but no showers.


Don’t have a horse? New to hiking? Contact one of our guide service providers for hiking or horseback tours of the natural area.

Get involved

We need your help! Contact the natural area to learn more.

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

We offer a variety of programs. Check the Events page for the schedule, or contact us for special tours and pro­grams for your group.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Become a Junior Ranger:

  • Borrow an Explorer Pack loaded with tools for exploring the natural area.
  • Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal at head­quar­ters. Complete tasks to earn a badge.


This is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.

Area Attractions

Bandera calls itself the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” You’ll find dude ranches, kayak/tube rentals on the Medina River, rodeos and other special events in nearby Bandera, Medina and Pipe Creek.

Visit the Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau website to find out more.

Trails update

Updated 9:30am Nov 30, 2023

All trails are Closed; Wet conditions

Trails may close with precipitation

Call 830-796-4413 for questions and trail status

10600 Bandera Creek Road
Bandera, TX 78003

Latitude: 29.628034

Longitude: -99.181086

(830) 796-4413

Entrance Fees
  • Adult : $6 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily.

Office Hours
8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

We often reach capacity and highly recommend reservations for both camping and day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.

Trails and backcountry campsites may close due to wet conditions or poor weather. Please contact us or check our Facebook page or Twitter feed prior to arrival for current information.

Busy Season

Spring and fall


January average low temperature is 31 degrees. July average high temperature is 94 degrees. Average rainfall is 35 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

Up to 2000 feet.