HILL COUNTRY STATE NATURAL AREA
HILL COUNTRY STATE NATURAL AREA. The Hill Country State Natural Area is on Farm Road 1107 eleven miles southwest of Bandera in southern Bandera County. In 1976 Louise Lindsey Merrick, a local ranch owner, began donating land to the state with the provision that it be managed as a state natural area. By 1982 all 4,753 acres of the Merrick property was under state control, but the area was not opened to the public until 1984. In 1987 the state purchased an additional 617 acres adjacent to the park, bringing the total park area to 5,370 acres. The park offers excellent opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and primitive camping. Wildlife at the park in 1990 included deer, turkey, and a variety of smaller animals and birds, and the vegetation in the area consisted primarily of oak, cedar, cacti, yucca, hackberry, and mountain laurel. In 1990 12,000 people visited the park.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "Hill Country State Natural Area," accessed December 04, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/gih01.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.