Texas Hill Country

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  1. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Please help with routes in and around the Texas Hill County. I have driven through some of the area and quail hunted in the Hills years ago. I have never ridden any place in TX.

    I am planning on hauling my GS1200A to San Antonio, TX the day after Christmas to visit my brother. After visiting I will have about a week to ride and explore. I prefer gravel roads but any back road routes would be appreciated. I'm also interested in any "don't miss" spots as well.
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  2. Lone Rider

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  3. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    Sounds to me like you need to head to Big Bend National Park area. It is the best.Hook em Horns...
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  4. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Please help with routes in and around the Texas Hill County. I have driven through some of the area and quail hunted in the Hills years ago. I have never ridden any place in TX.

    I am planning on hauling my GS1200A to San Antonio, TX the day after Christmas to visit my brother. After visiting I will have about a week to ride and explore. I prefer gravel roads but any back road routes would be appreciated. I'm also interested in any "don't miss" spots as well.
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  6. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    The Texas Hill Country is sorta bordered by I-35 on the east, and the area between Uvalde (on US 90), Junction (I-10), and a bit north of Austin on I-35. That's a pretty big area. :nod

    Everyone has their favorite roads in the Hill Country. Personally, I like the area west of Bandera. Leakey, Campwood, etc. "Riding the 3's" is what folks call riding the FM 337, FM 336, and FM 335 loop. Very beautiful with lots of twisties.

    But look at any map. The small roads are all good.

    Watch for deer. Don't ride at dawn and dusk. :deal

    Re dirt roads: lets see if others post. I don't have much experience with that.
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  7. PhilSpace

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    Hey Trip, have your way with him :lol2

    Moved and merged with his other one.
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  8. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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  9. eric2

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    The further west you go AWAY from civilization the more dirt roads you'll find. Look around some non-existant towns like Click and Doss, or google the eckert bat cave for some off the beaten track type stuff. Lots of nice asphalt roads around enchanted rock too. Around junction there are quite a few dirt roads as there are west of camp wood and rock springs. Besides deer, watch the low water crossings. they are always slick and if you don't respect them a broken body and bike will result. There is a nice dirt road running between 2 of the 3 sisters, RM 335 and 336. Some vids of my fav roads 'round those parts in my sig.

    hth!
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  10. markjenn

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    I did a big road tour last spring on rentals out of DFW. I dropped a note on here and got a lot of help with routes - you might do a search for the thread. If you'd like the Garmin routes drop me a PM with your email and I'll send them to you.

    - Mark
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  11. FotoTEX

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    I second what Lobby posted. Good Advice, Great Roads. I still recommend Big Bend. A friend just returned, and he goes there alot, and said it was the best weather yet. Terlinqua area in BB has excellent dirt roads. Also Chianti Hot Springs is a cool road and cabins and hot springs, does it get any better. Beware of alot of Border Patrol and checkpoints.
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  12. daveg

    daveg no longer homeless

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    I highly recommend this ride:
    http://www.texasadventure.net/The%20Right%20Way%20to%20Break%20in%20a%20Wee-Strom.htm

    I used that ride report as a guide and shot some video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r_VmUUIbGs

    which is mostly this road:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=5089820880745905575,30.071740,-99.932780%3B11379492734444746017,29.942550,-99.977240%3B8494994166638444449,29.927440,-100.012540&time=&date=&ttype=&saddr=30.07667,-99.927692&daddr=Hackberry+Rd+%4029.942550,+-99.977240+to:RR-335+%4029.927440,+-100.012540&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=13&sll=30.027489,-99.936275&sspn=0.143569,0.146942&ie=UTF8&ll=29.904949,-99.884262&spn=0.574982,0.587769&z=11&om=1

    I haven't found alot of gravel in central texas around austin. If you look towards rocksprings/bracketville/uvalde, you should be able to find more. For maps, get:
    http://www.amazon.com/Roads-Texas-Atlas-M-University/dp/156966305X/

    I just look for unimproved/paved roads that have little blue marks running accross them =]

    Have fun! If I don't go to Mexico, I'm will to try to find some less improved roads to play on in that area over xmas.
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  13. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Thanks, That is what I have been looking for. Do you have any routes you can send?
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  14. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    The sound of "right click, download pic to my desktop, upload to my smugmug," when Adways posted that was deafening.

    :nod

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  16. Klantz

    Klantz Texas born and bred

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    I'm from just outside of San Antonio and traveled around the area quite a bit. The Three Sisters are great, there are also some public roads that cut through some cattle ranches which are all gravel roads and they have gates, but they are all unlocked. The rule is you leave a gate the way you found it. Check out http://www.twtex.com there are a lot of friendly people on that forum who can help out. There is also another texan post here called Texas Adv riders Check in or something like that. Search for it and talk to those guys, I've done several rides with them and they are a great group to show you around. If you look back in the post, you will find some pictures of me too.. anyway have a good ride and if you see a blue strom with aluminum bags on I35.... that's me.
    -Klantz
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  17. kadesean

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    Go to the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum in Vanderpool, just south of Lost Maples State Park. He had a map taped to the counter with a dashed (dirt) road on it, it was cool when I did it in '06. Don't forget Luckenbach off 1376 east of Fredericksburg. North of F'burg is Enchanted Rock State Park, that is cool. The 3s are a must. 335, 336, and 337. Many gravel roads are on private property proceed with caution. Check out a cave (on foot) in Boerne or New Braunfels just for fun.
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  18. SCQTT

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    I would not miss Enchanted rock if I were back in the area, it is one of my favorite places.

    Maybe when you are loaded up and heading back home you could stop at Fossil Rim Wildlife park and Dinosaur Valley State Park, both of the places are really cool too, but are faily far north.
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  19. eriojas

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    hello where are the 3s, 335,336 and 337, near fburg?

    thks
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  20. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    near Vanderpool and Leakey
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