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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Just 5 days left in our 2023 Hill Country Photo Contest - Home in the Hill Country! Amateur and professional photographers from across the region are invited to submit up to four photographs that spotlight the people, wildlife, and plants that call the Hill Country home. Winners receive a cash prize AND a calendar spot in the 2024 Hill Country Calendar! Learn more and submit photos: 📸: Jerry Sargent - Window onto a Canyon Lake Sunset ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the party on June 3rd! Artistree is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with music, food, and fun at Cypress Valley in Spicewood. Proceeds will benefit the Hill Country Alliance and The Watershed Association - learn more: ... See MoreSee Less
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