The mission of the Hill Country Alliance is to bring together a diverse coalition of partners to preserve the open spaces, starry night skies, clean and abundant waters, and unique character of the Texas Hill Country.

Community Resilience

As our region reacts to ongoing challenges, the Hill Country Alliance is working to keep you connected.

Our Work

Oak trees sprawl out, casting shade over a yellow field of tall grass.


The Texas Hill Country region covers over 11 million acres in 17 counties of mostly privately held land.

Sunset fades over red trees and the flowing water of a rocky creek


Thirteen Texas rivers begin in the Hill Country and provide water for millions of downstream neighbors.

The Milky Way illuminates a brilliant blue, starry sky over a Hill Country river.

Night Sky

The Hill Country sits on the edge of night and as development pushes westward, we are losing our view of the night sky.

A little boy in cowboy boots and a button down shirt swings a rope in the middle of a rodeo arena.


90% of Hill Country lands are in unincorporated areas where there is little authority to plan for growth.

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HCA serves as the backbone organization and fiscal sponsor of the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network.

Latest News

The Texas city where mermaids inspire river conservation

The first thing visitors to the central Texas city of San Marcos notice are the mermaids. They’re everywhere, in some form. At the playground, one of the city’s fiberglass mermaid statues stands seven feet tall, her tail and hair painted in a rainbow of neon colors....

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Massive Texas Eclipse festival set for April 2024

Less than a year from now, the Highland Lakes will be ground zero for what is expected to be an incredible view of a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, and a festival of gigantic proportions is in the works. Texas Eclipse, which is set for April 6-8, will take...

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All droughts are not created equal

Although Texas is better prepared for drought now than in the late 1900s, the state is less ready for a repeat of the drought of record—or worse—than it was back then. If that sounds counterintuitive, it’s because all droughts are not created equal. Before the...

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It's not too late to sign up and join us on Saturday, June 3rd at Cypress Valley with Artistree! There will be food, drinks, and live music to celebrate Artistree's 10 year anniversary. All proceeds benefit the Hill Country Alliance and our friends at Wimberley Valley Watershed Association/The Watershed Association!Get tickets: ... See MoreSee Less
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It's never too late to say thanks! As spring turns to summer, we're throwing it back to April's Spring Water Revival. This month of events would not have been possible without the support of local partners like the Indigenous Cultures Institute, Llano River Watershed Alliance, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Big Seed, Texas Water Foundation, Pint & Plow Brewing Company, and Fairweather Cider. A special thanks to Ozona Bank for their generous sponsorship of this annual event.Explore relevant water resources all year round at ... See MoreSee Less
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#DYK today is National Water A Flower Day? 🤔In the Hill Country, we generally prefer flowers that don't need watering! Native plants are far more tolerant of our boom-bust - flood-drought cycle and put out beautiful blooms that attract tourists and local pollinators alike! 📸: Airon Mothershed ... See MoreSee Less
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Tomorrow is the last day of the 2023 Hill Country Photo Contest - Home in the Hill Country! So far, we've received more than 300 photos - is yours one of them?! You can submit your own shots AND vote for the People's Choice Award Winner at ... See MoreSee Less
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