8 of the Best Texas Hill Country State Parks

The Lonestar State is home to some of the most beautiful wilderness in the American Southwest. Diverse ecosystems dot the region, with a diverse array of flora and fauna calling the rivers, canyons, and forests home. You can explore these natural wonders by visiting one of the many Texas Hill Country state parks. Whether you want to swim near waterfalls or hike rugged canyons, you’ll find plenty of fun and exciting adventures here. 

The Best Texas Hill Country State Parks

Hill Country State Natural Area

Hill Country State Natural Area is an outdoor lovers paradise, with over 5,000 acres of rolling plateaus, rugged canyons, and babbling creeks. Miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding are perfect for exploring this beautiful Texas Hill Country state park.

Pedernales Falls State Park

Watching the water flow over and through the large slabs of rock alone is worth a trip to Pedernales Falls State Park. Taking a dip in the water at the base of the falls on a hot summers day is a fantastic way to enjoy this beautiful Texas Hill Country state park. You can also hike, bike, or go horseback riding on the miles of trails in addition to tubing, kayaking, and canoeing down the Pedernales River.

Garner State Park

Hiking around the 1,774 acres of beautiful Hill Country terrain and swimming in the cool and clear Frio River, are the classic attractions at Garner State Park, one of the hill country state parks. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, you should visit during the evenings in the summer for a jukebox dance party. It’s a tradition dating back to the 1940s when kids danced the night away by the park’s concession stand.

Blanco State Park

Swimming, fishing, and kayaking are incredibly popular at this small Texas Hill Country state park. The 106 acres of Blanco State Park encompasses a lake where you can rent tubes, wade in the shallow pool next to the river dam falls (a beautiful sight during the day).

Honey Creek State Natural Area

Honey Creek State Natural Area is only accessible by guided tours, but it’s well worth it to plan on visiting during the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. These two-hour tours take you through the gorgeous woods of the park, where a diverse array of flora and fauna are always on display in their natural habitat.

Guadalupe River State Park

If you can’t visit Honey Creek on either of the Saturdays each month, Guadalupe River State Park is right around the corner and showcases a similar habitat. The river provides opportunities for fishing and kayaking depending on water levels. There is also more than 13 miles of trails and a Discover Center.

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site

Honoring the 36th president of the U.S., this Texas Hill Country State Park is home to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm and a historic cabin built in the last 19th-century. There are also several small nature trails leading to and from the park.

Old Tunnel State Park

Old Tunnel State Park offers one of the most sensational viewing experiences in the entire Lonestar State. From May through October visitors can watch the emergence of up to three million Mexican free-tailed bats from an abandoned railroad tunnel. This fantastic sight is well-worth a visit. Viewing takes place seven days a week, and nightly educational classes are available from Thursday through Sunday.

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