Hill Country State Natural Area, Loop to Wilderness Camp Trail

Bandera, Texas

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This 5369-acre park, most of it donated by the Merrick Bar-O Ranch with the stipulation that it be kept natural and untouched, has 40 miles of multiuse trails. This particular hike is a classic Hill Country route, traversing rocky hills, canyons, grasslands, oak groves, and creek bottoms, with a side trip to a scenic view that is ample reward for the climbing required. You can catch Trail 6 between campsites 214 and 215, or just down the road from the parking. You immediately start climbing, and this first half mile offers excellent views of the area, including an 1800s ranch house, fields, and surrounding hills. The trail is sand and loose rock and fairly narrow; if you encounter horseback riders, you will likely have to step off the trail to let them pass.

Hill Country State Natural Area, Loop to Wilderness Camp Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This 5369-acre park, most of it donated by the Merrick Bar-O Ranch with the stipulation that it be kept natural and untouched, has 40 miles of multiuse trails. This particular hike is a classic Hill Country route, traversing rocky hills, canyons, grasslands, oak groves, and creek bottoms, with a side trip to a scenic view that is ample reward for the climbing required.

You can catch Trail 6 between campsites 214 and 215, or just down the road from the parking. You immediately start climbing, and this first half mile offers excellent views of the area, including an 1800s ranch house, fields, and surrounding hills. The trail is sand and loose rock and fairly narrow; if you encounter horseback riders, you will likely have to step off the trail to let them pass."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Bandera
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,550 feet
Top Elevation: 1,760 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Hill Country State Natural Area
Local Maps: Texas Parks and Wildlife Hill Country State Natural Area Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Hill Country State Natural Area, Loop to Wilderness Camp Trail

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May 2018