HCA is a passionate community caring for the unique features, spring-fed streams, heritage ranch lands, spectacular beauty and culture of the Texas Hill Country for the benefit of future generations.

Community Resilience

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

Our Work


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


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

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.


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


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

Latest News

Welcome to the River Recharge Natural Area

SMGA is happy to announce the addition of a seventh natural area to the San Marcos Greenbelt. Known for years simply as the Buie Tract, these roughly 94 acres have been renamed River Recharge Natural Area (RReNA), due to the many karst features on the property....

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TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith announces retirement

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Executive Director Carter Smith announced today he will retire effective January 2023, ending a nearly 15-year tenure that strengthened private-lands stewardship, expanded state parks and wildlife management areas, bolstered...

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Rethinking mountain cedar: habitat enhancing land management

“Standing inside one of those [cedar] brakes gave the feeling of being inside one of Nature’s cathedrals.” —Williedell Schawe, Wimberley’s Legacy, 1963 One question landowners ask when the HELM team pays them a visit is “What should I do about all this cedar?” We...

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