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5 Awesome Activities at Hill Country State Natural Area

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December 12, 2023

Experience everything that makes Texas Hill Country so special at Hill Country State Natural Area! Home to more than 5,000 acres of beautiful Bandera landscape dotted by canyons and plateaus, Hill Country State Natural Area invites you to travel back in time to a more relaxed and slow-paced period. Relish the picturesque views of a rustic retreat, surrounded by nature’s finest treasures around every corner. Here are 5 awesome activities to take part in at Hill Country State Natural Area:

1. Explore on Horseback

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Take a trip back in time to the days of cowboys roaming the Bandera landscape with an exciting horseback ride! Hill Country State Natural Area features a diverse terrain with trail options ranging from simple strolls to steep and rugged routes. You’re welcome to bring your own horses or take a guided horseback ride at one of several stables like Bandera Historical Rides, Hill Country Equestrian Lodge and Outlaw Outfitters. You’ll hold on to unforgettable family memories when you give horseback riding a try.

2. Trek the Trails

Get up close and personal with nature’s unblemished beauty by hitting the trails at Hill Country State Natural Area! Featuring 40 miles of trails meant for hiking, biking and horseback riding, this natural area is the perfect place to allow nature’s embrace to wrap its arms around you. Discover the diverse ecosystems and cultural history that exist as part of an adventure through this rugged yet pristine environment. From easier trails like the Heritage Loop to challenging routes like the West Peak Overlook Trail, there’s the perfect trail for everyone at Hill Country State Natural Area!

3. Camping

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Looking to rough it for a night or 2? Grab your gear, your people and an adventurous spirit to spend some time camping at Hill Country State Natural Area. Choose from a number of primitive walk-in or hike-in campsites to set up your home base for a simpler experience in the heart of Texas Hill Country. As the sun rises and the fog emerges, cook up a hearty breakfast before exploring the trails just a short distance from your campsite. There’s stunning scenes and fascinating wildlife in every direction you look!

4. Wildlife Viewing

A diverse wildlife community calls Hill Country State Natural Area its home! As you spend time exploring the natural area, keep your eyes open for numerous different species of wild animals you may encounter. Texas Hill Country has earned the title of the “Deer Hunting Capitol” meaning you’re likely to see families of white-tailed deer. Wild turkeys, turtles, bats, bobcats, rabbits and migratory birds are just a handful of the 407 species in Hill Country State Natural Area.

5. Stargazing

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A natural light show high above provides unique and fascinating fun! Bandera often hosts clear night skies that make the area the perfect place to view bright stars jumping off an empty, dark background. Bring the family, some chairs, binoculars or even a telescope and point your attention upward, searching for certain constellations in the night sky. Share and wonder and awe with the kids as you enjoy this exciting bonding experience!

Expect plenty of fun for all when you take part in these awesome activities at Hill Country State Natural Area! Riverwalk RV Resort invites you to stay at our Bandera luxury resort for your Texas Hill Country getaway of a lifetime! Check out some things to know about our RV resort and tiny home community!

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