Our Texas Hill Country Cycling trip assembles in Gruene, just outside of New Braunfels on the Guadalupe River and we’ll ride through the Guadalupe River Valley early morning of Day 2. By mid-morning, expect to be jolted out of our early reverie as our route begins to undulate in earnest. The climb to Devil’s Backbone is a poignant reminder that we are, after all, in Hill Country. Country-style hospitality awaits our arrival in Blanco, where we’ll spend our first night at the Blanco Settlement.
We’ll ride south from Blanco along the Blanco River on Day 3. Count on a fair number of Texas-sized “rollers” that we’ll likely chat about over dinner in Boerne that evening. Day 4, it’s on to Fredericksburg the following morning, but not before a visit to Luckenbach of Willie and Waylon fame. Fredericksburg is a fascinating town, richly endowed by its German cultural legacy, with an abundance of intriguing museums, craft shops, restored early settlement structures, and, of course, its biergartens. We’ll spend our next two nights at the Inn on Baron’s Creek.
Day 5 includes several tantalizing options. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, located 18 miles north of Fredericksburg, offers an outstanding hiking opportunity. Another option suggests a leisurely day of exploration of the wonders of Fredericksburg, including some quality pool time at our lodge. We are, though, cyclists to the core in the midst of an extraordinary bike tour, and an irresistible option on this day is the not-to-be-missed Willow City Loop that is a true Hill Country classic. In the course of this ride, we’ll visit Enchanted Rock Park and climb this remarkable granite batholith.
Our bike tour continues on Day 6 as we ride to Kerrville, where we’ll spend our final evening at the Inn of the Hills Resort. An early arrival in Kerrville on this relatively short day presents the excellent optional opportunity to ride out along the Guadalupe for a burger at the historic Hunt Store.
For our final day, Day 7— we have one final “rock & roller” ride, including lung-buster Eagles Nest, with its magnificent panoramic Hill Country vista, through Medina and Center Point. We’ll end our cycling tour at Center Point and van shuttle back to San Antonio, where our Texas Hill Country cycling trip concludes.