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Heart & Hands

Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area

7690 Highway 46 West

Pipe Creek

(830) 535-4896

7690 TX-46, Pipe Creek, TX 78063, USA

Mission and Vision

This state natural area is not open, but is in the planning and design phase of development.

Unique features
A state natural area is a piece of land with unique natural, cultural and historical features. Protecting and managing these features is our highest priority.

Hill Country Preserve
The Albert & Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area will protect a very special piece of the Hill Country. You’ll be able to see wildlife in natural settings, hear coyotes in the distance, view stars to the northwest, go camping and hiking, and try your luck at fishing.

Family ranch
Albert and Bessie Kronkosky began buying property in this area in 1946. By 1973, they were hunting, taking photos, and entertaining guests on their 3,814-acre ranch. The couple willed their beloved land to the state of Texas to protect it from development.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department accepted the donation of the ranch in March 2011.


We have found several rare or endangered Hill Country species here. These include the golden-cheeked warbler, alligator lizard, sycamore-leaf snowbell, big-toothed maple, Boerne bean and Texas spring salamander.

The site also features interesting geology due to several springs and weeps.

When this site opens, you’ll be able to camp, backpack and hike. We’ll also offer limited mountain biking and fishing.

Creating a park
Opening a park requires multiple steps and takes several years. Many factors impact the length of this process, including funding.

Baseline surveys are the first step. These surveys determine sensitive areas as well as areas to be developed. The surveys also identify the scenic and interesting places at the site.

With that information in hand, TPWD creates a Public Use Plan to guide the park’s development. We have already held public hearings to gather input on the draft of this plan.

Once we finalize the plan, the design phase begins. Park planners design the look of the buildings, placement of parking, and other types of park infrastructure.

Finally, construction can begin.

While the department has to do some initial planning regarding potential development of ABKSNA, at this time, there is no firm timeline for opening.

Check back here for updates on the development of this state natural area.

We need your help. Volunteers help with plant and animal surveys as well as maintenance, outreach, and more. Visit our Volunteer page to sign up.

A 501c3 nonprofit fund, Friends of ABKSNA, has been set up to benefit the development and volunteers of ABKSNA. Donations to the Friends of ABKSNA are tax deductible and can be mailed to

Friends of ABKSNA
P.O. Box 63244
Pipe Creek, TX 78063

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