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Texas Hill Country - Master Thread

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Wayward Gypsy, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. Wayward Gypsy

    Wayward Gypsy Been here awhile Supporter

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    It seems it's been awhile since a decent Texas Hill Country thread. I'm starting this one as I have a lot of plans to explore the area in the coming months. Some points of interest that stick out from basic research. Anyone with experience, please chime in.

    Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
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    30.496585, -98.824270
    Known for fantastic stargazing at night, and amazing hikes during the day.
    Camping: Primitive and Primitive+ (electric)
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    Colorado Bend State Park
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    31.059789, -98.504820
    Awesome geo-features
    Camping: drive-up sites, walk-in tent sites or primitive hike-in sites
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  2. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Luckenbach for sure.

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  3. alex4515

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    Last time I was down in Hill Country we stopped at Pedernales Falls State Park on the way from DFW to Fredericksburg: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls The park had some fun hiking trails and a big section where we hiked around on the rocks with the river running through/under them. I want to go back and check that park out some more on our next trip.

    We stayed for a few nights at the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites: https://www.fredericksburg-inn.com/en-us - nice rooms, decent prices, free breakfast and a fairly central location.

    We hiked Enchanted Rock (linked above) - the big dome is the main attraction and pretty cool, and there are lots of other fun hiking trails to check out.

    My wife and mother in law took a wine tour while my son and I were hiking Enchanted Rock - they enjoyed it but I don't have any details on which wineries they visited or which company they used for a wine tour.

    On the way back out of town we headed toward Austin and stopped at Salt Lick BBQ for lunch in Driftwood: https://saltlickbbq.com/ - super tasty BBQ!

    We are heading back down to Fredericksburg this coming spring, I am looking forward to checking out some more.
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  4. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    Fredericksberg is one of those places that every trip leads to another, kinda like Big Bend.
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  5. Wayward Gypsy

    Wayward Gypsy Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for that info!
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    Yeah.....Lukenbach population 3.
    2 geetars players and a rooster that seems to run things.......don’t mess with him.




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    Been riding the hillcountry for days.......my Butler hillcountry map had a notation of many dangerous slick crossings on Loudon road. I’ve fell on many crossings like that many times so wasn’t going to tempt fate riding by myself........but couldn’t resist a look see.

    Drier than a popcorn fart.
    Saw a guy on a 701......but he was in a hurry.........probably having too much fun


    Been all over......never have seen a sign like this one.


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    Back at camp my buddies Dingweed and Tewster showed up.
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    Back at camp my buddies Tewster and Dingweeds showed up



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  9. SATEX

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    That might have been me on the 701. I didn't see you, but I can confirm that I was having fun.
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    It very near Loudon road when I saw the 701 rider........he was standing on the pegs with a shit eat in’ grin.
    Man that’s a fun area.
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  11. Wayward Gypsy

    Wayward Gypsy Been here awhile Supporter

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    Excellent!
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  12. AnselStrand

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    Does the hill country have any good trials courses? Asking for a friend :)
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  13. Dao1

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    courses, as in, a riding class?
    or courses as in , sections to ride?
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  14. Oilhed

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    If one were to live in hill country what we be a good small town with amenities not too far from everything else?
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  15. Mudclod

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    Gets pretty desolate after Kerrville if you want grocery stores, motels, restaurants. Maybe Fredericksburg.
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    Within 1 hour of Austin or San Antonio, you can pick from dozens of small towns...
    As mentioned, Kerrville is about your last choice going west...
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  17. Oilhed

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    Thanks. Blanco looks to be about in the center (of the eastern area) but not sure what it has to offer.
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  18. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile Supporter

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    The Hill Country has become so popular in the last 10 years that virtually every small town is a total madhouse on week-ends.
    The San Antonio/Austin/Houston yuppie crowd is out in full force
    If you don't like tourists or traffic jams, the choices will be farther and farther from the major cities...
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  19. therealaperry

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    Blanco has a hotel just north of town and a small older one closer in. Also Blanco state park is in town if you are looking for camping. Further west you can also stay in Leakey which has a couple of places and is in a great location for many good rides. Kerrville is probably the best location with amenities and for rides in all directions. Fredricksburg as mentioned above is pretty crazy with tourists and traffic on the weekends. On the week days they roll up the sidewalks after 5:00pm.
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  20. Wayward Gypsy

    Wayward Gypsy Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yeah, seems like Fredericksburg is definitely the hub that leads throughout. Thanks everyone. I'll update as I explore.
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