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More getaway options
The squirrel has gone squirreling and is learning so many new things about our nearby surroundings. While I firmly believe there should be more parks in our area, I’m excited to share with you that there are more options than I thought, and they aren’t extremely far away!
I’ve squirreled off before and told you about the many benefits that time in nature has on our minds and bodies. While it’s true that all you really need to reap those benefits is a tree in your yard or along a sidewalk, you can really immerse yourself in nature for an extra boost. Are you interested in a hike through Hill Country terrain?
As it turns out, the Hill Country State Natural Area really has something for everybody. There’s a deep ranching history, views from Comanche Bluffs, and Chaquita Falls on West Verde Creek.
One particular adventure is the Hightower Trail hike in the park. The trail follows an old road up to high ground, and cuts across the brow to meet another road. It’s a loop, so you don’t even have to have a great sense of direction to find your way—just the ability to stick to the trail.
Along the path, you’ll find typical Hill Country terrain and vegetation, mixed with reminders that the area was actually a working ranch not long ago. Tin barns, a water tower, and fences can still be found on the property.
Almost four miles into this hike, you’ll be treated to a shaded stroll along the creek, and come up to Chaquita Falls, where you can stop for a good view and a cooldown. Several camping areas are also available right in this area.
Some of the nearby activities include backpacking, bicycling, and horseback riding. The area also offers walk-in tent camping if you’re feeling extra immersed in nature and ready for a bigger adventure. If you want more information, look into Texas Parks and Wildlife at tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hill-country.