Hill Country State Natural Area (TPWD)

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Sports & Recreation


10600 Bandera Creek RoadBandera, TX 78003 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


History: Hill Country State Natural Area is in Ban­dera and Medina counties, 52 miles north­west of San Antonio. The state ac­quired the 5,369.8-acre site by gift and purchase in 1976. The natural area opened in 1984. The Merrick Bar-O Ranch donated most of the site. The owners stipulated that it "be kept far removed and untouched by mod­ern civilization, where everything is pre­served intact, yet put to a use­ful purpose."

Programs: Hill Country SNA offers on-site interpretive programs as well as attends off-site outreach events; we welcome you to join us in connecting people with nature and history. Other volunteer opportunities include being a park host, helping with wildlife surveys, invasive species removal, and more!


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