- Bandera, Texas, known as "The Cowboy Capital of the World," is home to the mammoth, 5,369-acre Hill Country State Natural Area. This park is Texas' largest state park open to equestrians. This park isn't for everyone, though. It is totally undeveloped, it lacks paved roads, and it doesn't have potable water or restrooms. Those who do chose to brave the outdoors without all of the modern day amenities, however, are treated to over 36 miles of mixed-use trails ideal for horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, primitive camping and off-road bicycling. Swimming and fishing opportunities are also plentiful in the area's spring-fed West Verde Creek. Anglers are pleased with the amount of catfish, perch, and largemouth bass that are available. To get there, take Highway 16 to Bandera, Texas, proceed south on Texas Highway 173 for one mile, then follow FM 1077 for 10 miles to the park.
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