Texas Hill Country Tour

Total Miles
139.6

Elevation

668.84 ft

Duration

8 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

Texas is known for many things, but mountainous terrain isn't one of them. Endless miles of plains and prairies seem to stretch in all directions, yet tucked away in the heart of state is an exception. It's called the Hill Country, and while it's no Colorado, it certainly earns its name. The land here rolls and rises like a great grass sea, broken occasionally by babbling brooks and splashes of color from wildflowers. While this scenic section of The Lone Star State is largely private land, vestiges of dirt roads still allow you to explore its hidden treasures. This trail is a tour of the hill country, stopping through small towns and concluding at the famous German settlement of Fredericksburg. The roads themselves are largely gravel and well maintained, however several water crossings can become deep or washed out, so be aware of river depths and recent rains.

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Texas Hill Country Tour
Texas Hill Country Tour
Texas Hill Country Tour

Difficulty

Most of the trail can be tackled in a 2WD vehicle, but the water crossings are a wild card. In recent years they've been high enough at times to wash out concrete and steel bridges on main highways.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Dave Hellman
Mar 30, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Lots of wildlife and bluebonnets. 2wd the whole way, low water crossing. Level 1 trail all the way.
Shawn Doherty
Feb 25, 2024
2023 Ford Bronco
Open
Normal
Dusty
Drove the section from Fredericksburg to Mason today. The first half was basically very very compact gravel maybe even asphalt not sure. Water crossings in this section were basically dry. Didnt turn dirt until about half way through before the first large river crossing. Be warned here that a land owner came by while e we’re stopped on the side of the road, asking questions about how we found the road and sharing concerns for people driving through and onto his property and part of the river. He said 8 cars were driving off the road onto his property and “7 feet” into the water. He was very respectful about the whole thing with us and understands people want a place to escape into the hill country but asked we understand his POV as well. We said our goodbyes at that was it. We didn’t encounter any other land owners besides that but definitely a warning and a plea for everyone to stay on the roads and be respectful so we can continue to enjoy these trails. About 8-10” water in this section.
Sparky Oliphant
Oct 03, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Zach M
Aug 13, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal

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