Texas Hill Country & Big Bend NP


Texas is big, very big. Big enough to hold New England - that's Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusets, Rhode Island, and Connecticut combined. 

Big Bend National Park photos courtesy of Tony Taylor.

 

The Texas Hill Country lies north and west of San Antonio, with some great, unexpected rides in the mostly flat state of Texas. This 228 mile route from Juction to Kerrville includes the well-known "three sisters". View larger map with directions.  

 

Texas hill country route includes the 3 sisters
Texas hill country route includes the 3 sisters
Texas Highway 55 is another popular hill country road. Google Maps photo.
Texas Highway 55 is another popular hill country road. Google Maps photo.

 

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Amarillo area

 

Canyon - Palo Duro Canyon State Park 12 miles west of Canyon on Hwy 217, is 800 feet deep and 120 miles long, viewable by paved road.

 

Austin area

 

Burnet - Longhorn Cavern State Park 46 miles west of Georgetown on Park Rd 4 off US281 (map)

 

Georgetown - Inner Space Cavern just off I-35 south of town

 

Northeast of San Antonio

 

Boerne (Ber-nee) - enjoy 100 acres of trails and wilderness at Cibolo Nature Center, visit an old west theme park at Enchanted Springs Ranch, or go underground at The Cave Without A Name (see awesome photos)

 

New Braunfels - Wurstfest sausage festival in November, Gruene (Green) Historic District, Wagenfuehr Home & Buckhorn Barbershop Museum

 

San Marcos - ride a glass bottom boat above the San Marcos Springs at Aquarena, scenic drive RM12 to Junction, RM32 the Devil's Backbone extends west 24 miles from RM12 south of Wimberly to Blanco

 

Northwest of San Antonio

 

Bandera, TX - 20 mi south of Kerrville,  food available, scenic roads hwy 173 to Kerrville, hwy 46 to Boerne, hwy 16 west, fm 470 west

 

"Welcome to Bandera, Texas: Cowboy Capital of the World. In a rugged county filled with hills, rivers, and a sprawling lake, the small town of Bandera holds a really big place in the hearts of Texans. Located in the beloved Texas Hill Country less than an hour from San Antonio, Bandera reminds us of a different, more authentic, era, when a handshake was all the contract you needed, self-reliance was the norm, and chivalry was a given. There is a spirit of independence and individualism here that speaks of the cowboy tradition of hard work and hard play. Bandera embodies the cowboy in its strong rodeo tradition. Even today you'll often see horses tied to downtown hitching posts." http://www.banderacowboycapital.com

 

Concan - 20 mi south of Leakey, Sunset bat flight, estimated 17 million bats, on fm2690 4.5 miles from US83 & Tx127, tour March - Oct, 830-966-2320

 

Garner State Park, Texas’ most visited state park, named for Vice President John Nance Garner, is located on the Frio River seven miles north of Concan at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and FM 1050.

 

Ingram - Stonehenge in the Hills replica at Hill Country Arts Foundation on Tx39 at 120 Point Theatre Rd South

 

Junction - NW of Kerrville on I-10, scenic drive US377 south, motels and food available, the Legends Inn is motorcycle friendly

 

Kickapoo Cavern State Park - west of Uvalde & north of Brackettville 

 

Leakey - scenic drive fm337 east and west, US83, Tx39 east, lodging only for motorcycles & bicycles, see photos. Leakey and the surrounding area has some of the best riding roads in Texas. Things to do listed here, other area lodging, food, & things to do listed here.

 

Rock Springs - 50 mi SW of Junction, scenic roads  US377 north & south, rm674 south

 

Kickapoo Cavern State Park - 35 miles south on Ranch Rd 674 

 

Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area, see map is located about 10 miles NE of Rock Springs. Access to Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area is limited to guided tours and reservations are required. Visitors can visit the Rock Springs Visitors Center located on the town square at 101 N. Sweeten Street in Rocksprings. All tours meet at the Visitors Center. Rocksprings is located at the junction of State Highway 55 and US Highway 377.

 

Sabinal - 20 miles northeast of Uvalde at the intersection of U.S. 90 and Highway 187.

 

"Stop in for a treat at the old-time soda fountain at the pharmacy. Sabinal’s charming downtown, historic buildings, city park, restaurants, and shops will be of interest." http://www.hillcountryrivers.com/lodging.html

 

Sonora - Caverns of Sonora - Texas' most beautiful cave, 50 mi w of Junction on I-10

 

Utopia - 10 mi south of Vanderpool, scenic drive rm187, rm1050, Tx337, Sabinal River Canyon 

 

Uvalde - 20 mi south of Concan, aviation museum at Garner Field, Janey Slaughter Briscoe Opera House, scenic drive US83 to Leakey, 

 

"The city of Uvalde is the county seat, and is famous for its large, beautiful trees. Uvalde received a Tree City USA designation from the U.S. Forestry Service for building its streets around the trees. The Leona River flows through the heart of downtown, and through historic Fort Inge. The Honey Capital of the World sits at the crossroads of the nation’s two longest highways, U.S. 90 and U.S. 83, and offers many points of interest, entertainment, shopping and dining. To receive a free brochure on the City of Uvalde, call the Uvalde Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 588-2533. Cooks Slough Nature Park is a wonderful place to go birding, or just enjoy nature at its finest." http://www.hillcountryrivers.com/lodging.html

 

Vanderpool (just a crossroads) - 15 mi east of Leakey on fm337

 

North on RM187 is LoneStar Motorcycle Museum, fm337 continues east to Medina, Lost Maples State Natural Area is located 5 miles north of Vanderpool on Ranch Road 187.  Lost Maples Fall Foliage info