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Guide to Texas State Natural Areas and Parks near Bandera, Texas

Texas Hill Country is a beautiful place to visit in the Lone Star State because of the exquisite landscape. It can, however, be overwhelming to find ways to experience the natural beauty of the area. Fortunately, Al's Hideaway is close to many natural parks and preserves, each offering a unique experience. Each area is a short distance from Bandera, Texas and offers a host of things to do. Explore some Texas state natural areas with our travel guide.

Bandera City Park

  • Address: 1102 Maple St. Bandera, Texas
  • Phone: 830-796-3765
  • Distance from us: 13.8 miles
  • Fee: Free on weekdays. Weekends and holiday rates are $10 for general admission (7-64); $5 for Bandera residents; and $3 for seniors, active military, veterans and first responders.
Bandera City Park sits within the downtown area and offers plenty of activities. Visitors can go fishing, swimming or picnic in the park. There is also a playground as well as barbecue pits and pavilions to rent. The Medina River runs along the park to add to its scenic beauty. You can visit the park from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes before sunset. Come see why Bandera City Park is one of the more popular things to do in the city.

Joshua Springs Park and Preserve

  • Address: 716 FM 289, Comfort, Texas
  • Phone: 830-249-9343
  • Distance from us: 22.3 miles
  • Fee: None
Just northwest of Boerne, Texas sits the 365-acre Joshua Springs Park and Preserve. This space is home to eight miles of multi-use trails that allow for hiking and biking. Little Joshua Creek feeds into a nine-acre lake, offering plenty of chances to go kayaking or fishing for bass, catfish and crappie. The park opens each day at 7 a.m. and closes at 7 or 8:30 p.m. depending on the season. Spending time at Joshua Spring will introduce you to a wide array of wildlife.

Hill Country State Natural Area

  • Address: 10600 Bandera Creek Road, Bandera, Texas
  • Phone: 830-796-4413
  • Distance from us: 24.6 miles
  • Fee: $6 daily per adult. Children 12 and under are free.

Hill Country State Natural Area is home to over 5,000 acres of protected land. This former ranch features rugged canyons, plateaus and creek bottoms. Some activities you can do while visiting the natural area include backpacking, nature-watching, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trails range from easy to challenging and all differ in length. If you're looking for some fun things to do in Bandera, visit Hill Country State Natural Area for a good time.

Government Canyon State Natural Area

  • Address: 12861 Galm Road, San Antonio, Texas
  • Phone: 210-688-9055
  • Distance from us: 25.8 miles
  • Fee: $6 daily per adult. Children 12 and under are free.

Government Canyon State Natural Area sits on the outskirts of San Antonio but boasts 12,000 acres of protected wilderness. There are over 40 miles of trails that allow you to go hiking or mountain biking. Government Canyon is also home to dinosaur tracks that date back 110 million years. The natural area features three sectors: the frontcountry, backcountry and the protected habitat area. The backcountry is home to the most trails but each has plenty of trails to venture on when you visit. When you go hiking at this San Antonio park, keep your eyes peeled for some local wildlife.

Honey Creek State Natural Area

  • Address: 3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, Texas
  • Phone: 830-438-2656
  • Distance from us: 30.9 miles
  • Fee: No entrance fee. Contact park for a guided tour.

Honey Creek State Natural Area sits next to Guadalupe River State Park. The protected area offers weekly two-mile nature walk tours of the area along with other activities. What you'll see is a 1.5-mile spring-fed creek that draws in a host of wildlife. There's also a fair amount of protected plants that are worth seeing. This is a great place to pair with a visit to Guadalupe River State Park, which features four miles of riverfront as well as hiking, swimming and many other activities.
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Cowboy Up

Enjoy the real Cowboy way. Learn to handle a Horse, throw a rope on a cow. Trail rides throw the Texas Hill Country, ride a real Texas Longhorn. If you want to learn to handle a horse rope a cow and have a cowboy experience call Valerie @ 210-438-2484
Outlaw Outfitters

For horseback riding Hill Country Natural area or Medina River area, Outlaw Outfitters can give you the real experience.

For 75 years, John T. Floore's Country Store has hosted Texas and American music legends alike.

The Texas Hill Country has the best paved roads for Motorcycle riding that include breath taking views, elevation changes with sweeping curves and twisting roads. Al's Hideaway is not only Biker Friendly but we also ride, our park was built for Bikers by Bikers. If you would like to include a guided Motorcycle Tour as part of your stay please contact us at ​Groups Welcomed

Bandera City Park is located in beautiful downtown Bandera. Which offers fishing, swimming and picnic areas with BBQ pits.
Bandera county Park Medina lake

Check out the Medina County Park at Medina Lake. Known for fishing, boating, swimming, and scuba diving. You will find your whole day filled with activities at this beautiful park.

Lost Maples State Park is so vibrant in the fall but it is spectacular year-round. You will see wildflowers, steep canyon walls and the scenic Sabinal River. Bring your whole family to enjoy the beautiful vistas.

Cool off in the heat of the summer and float the Medina River. You can get your tube or kayak rentals and they will even shuttle you to different locations depending on how long you want to stay on the river.

Government canyon, Hill Country Natural area, Lost maples and Tunnel Sate park are close to us. You can bike, hike and ride horses etc.
Movie Land Animal

Camel rides, kangaroos and many other interesting animals to see.
San Antonio River Walk

Enjoy the San Antonio River Walk as you stroll the riverside paths bordered with beautiful trees, restaurants, hotels, shops and museums. Experience the rich history as you enjoy everything along the way.
SeaWorld San Antonio

At SeaWorld San Antonio you can experience so much more than you would think. You can enjoy the amazingly trained whales and dolphins and then you can go enjoy rides in the park or to to the water park to cool off. This is the perfect place to spend your day.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Check out Six Flags Fiesta Texas. They have all the great rides as well as a water park, live shows and events and shops and dining.

Enjoy hiking, bird-watching, and general wildlife viewing on the half-mile nature trail at The Tunnel State Park. The trail opens daily at sunrise and closes at 5 p.m. Bring drinking water, as no water is available in the park. Picnic tables are available. Restrooms are only open in the evenings during bat season (May to October).

No matter where you visit in Bandera County you will find clear skies, bright stars, stunning scenery and, most of all, friendly folks just waiting to swap stories and tall tales with you.

Replicas of Dinosaurs, Ice Age animals, and educational play stations are located on the eight acre grounds.

The Frontier Times Museum is the trusted resource center for learning, historical research and information for Bandera County residents and visitors

Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the Motorcycle Museum displays machines from the 1910's to now and from all around the world. Come and check it out.
Cascade Caverns

Cascade Caverns is host to the albino Cascade Caverns Salamander (Eurycea latitans), unique solution domes, "chubby" stalactites, Eastern Pipistrelle bats, cliff and leopard frogs, as well as an underground waterfall and lake. So don’t forget your camera.
Cave Without a Name

The Cave Without a Name is filled with spectacular formations of Stalactites, Stalagmites, delicate Soda Straws, Cave Drapery, magnificent Flowstones, Rimstone Dams, and more. Enjoy a tour of the six major rooms in comfort; 66 degrees year-round, easy walkways, brilliant lighting.

Bandera brewery has a tasty selection of locally brewed and carefully crafted beers. Each of their flavors is hand-picked including familiar tastes, new creations and seasonal favorites.

Fiesta Winery has some of the best tasting Texas Wine around. Uncork and expect a fiesta. You can go to a physical location and test six wines for only $20 so you know which bottles you want to take with you.

Sister Creek Vineyards use Bordeaux and Burgundy wine making techniques to produce their wonderful Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines.
Out of the way Cafe

Open Tuesday-Sunday 7 to 3, Out of the way Cafe provides a delicious breakfast lunch or dinner while serving the best coffee around. This is a very kid friendly place so come as a family.

Your night just got a lot better. Let the good times roll with live music and events the whole family is sure to love

The Old Forge serves only the choicest meats and seafood, freshest vegetables and their salad bar has only the freshest field greens and vegetables, made-from-scratch soups and baked potatoes. And don’t forget to try one of their fresh desserts

The Old Spanish Trail was used by the Conquistadors, who often followed routes established long ago by Native Americans. The O.S.T. Restaurant has been serving the dining needs of Bandera since 1921, making it the oldest continuously operated restaurant in Bandera County.

The Bandera General Store building is 108 years old – built in 1907. It has the original wood floors and the original tin tile ceiling. It has been a saddle shop, a feed store, an appliance store (word has it caskets were sold in the basement and during prohibition the cowboys drank beer and played cards on the empty caskets

Be sure to visit The Apple Store whenever you are in the area. The best dang Apple Pie and Apple Soft Serve Ice Cream EVER...
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