We are lucky to have many natural areas and parks in our area. If you’re looking for places to enjoy nature and perhaps shoot some great photographs to enter, you may find the following locations helpful. They are located within the eligible counties and are publicly accessible. This list is compiled by members of the Hill Country Photography Club.

Please note: Some of these venues straddle a county line. It is your responsibility to ensure your entry was taken within an eligible county. Eligible counties are Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Guadulupe, Hays, and Travis.

Blanco County

  • Bindseil City Park
  • Blanco State Park
  • County Rd. 307 near Round Mountain
  • LBJ Home
  • Pedernales State Park w/bird blind
  • Pedernales River Nature Park in Johnson City

Caldwell County

  • Luling-Zedler’s Mill
  • Martindale

Comal County

  • Canyon Lake
  • Comal River
  • Cypress Bend Park
  • Honey Creek State Natural Area
  • Kleck Park
  • Landa Park
  • Gruene-Guadalupe River
  • Guadalupe State Park (most of it)
  • Panther Canyon Nature Trail

Guadalupe County

  • Kingsbury
  • Staples – San Marcos River
  • County Rd 1101 from Hwy 123 to New Braunfels, including down to New Berlin – usually good for wildflowers

Hays County

  • Blue Hole Regional Park
  • 5 mile dam
  • Garlic Creek Park
  • Greenbelt parks – Purgatory, etc
  • Jacob’s Well Natural Area
  • Kyle City Lake
  • San Marcos River and parks in town
  • Springlake/Meadows Center
  • Stagecoach Park

Travis County

  • Any City of Austin Park – http://www.austintexas.gov/page/park-directory
  • Any in the Travis County Parks system – https://parks.traviscountytx.gov
  • Auditorium Shores (right downtown)
  • Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
  • Barton Creek Greenbelt and Wilderness Park
  • Bob Wentz Park
  • Bull Creek District Park and Greenbelts
  • Circle C Ranch Metro Park
  • Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park
  • Covert Park at Mount Bonnell
  • Cypress Creek Park
  • Emma Long Metro Park
  • Fritz Hughes Park
  • Hamilton Pool Preserve
  • Hornsby Bend
  • Lady Bird Lake
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Lake Walter E. Long
  • Lake Pflugerville Park
  • Mary Moore Searight Metro Park
  • Mayfield Park
  • McKinney Falls State Park
  • Milton Reimers Ranch Park
  • Mueller Pond
  • Onion Creek Greenbelt and Metro Park
  • Pace Bend Park
  • Pease Park
  • St. Edwards Park
  • Shoal Creek Greenbelt
  • Volente Beach
  • Walnut Creek Metro Park
  • Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
  • Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
  • Zilker Botanical Garden