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    Texas Hill Country Advice

    The third week in October IÔÇÖll be returning to Florida from the West Coast and will have a day or two to poke around the Hill Country. I know that a day or two isnÔÇÖt a lot of time, but any suggestions as to the ÔÇ£must doÔÇØ ÔÇ£must seeÔÇØ stuff will be greatly appreciated. Also, any suggestions for camping would be helpful.

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    Gail -

    Should be good weather in October. Here's a few things to consider:

    This site shows some of the better roads in the Hill Country.

    http://www.motorcycleroads.us/regions/tx_hill.html

    Lower right corner mentions the "Twisted Sister" loop. Hwy 337 from Bandera to Camp Wood is very good. Nice run up to Rocksprings as well (335 and 55). The Lonestar Motorcycle Museum is in this area...worth a visit:

    http://lonestarmotorcyclemuseum.com/

    Other places are:

    - Enchanted Rock north of Fredericksburg
    - Luckenback, east of Fredericksburg

    Regarding Luckenback, Oct 22/23 is the Harvest Classic rally in town:

    http://harvestclassic.org/

    A little harder to get the true feeling of Luckenbach with all that going on, but it might be interesting too.

    As for camping, I'm not too up on that. IIRC, there's a KOA camp on HWY 290 east of Fredericksburg. It's just at the intersection of 290 with the road that leads to Luckenbach. I also just remembered Guadalupe River State Park...probably camping there:

    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/f...adalupe_river/

    That's a "few" things for your list! Who knows, I might be out and about during that time period, too!! See ya on the road!
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    http://www.luckenbachtexas.com/

    if you search "luckenbach texas camping" you will get a great list of places.. "\
    http://www.armadillofarmcampground.com/
    http://www.hillcountrycruising.com/lodging.html see the "Koyote" campground!!! nice.

    There are a lot of B&B's in the area.. and you can see Fredericksburg... it's a great place to visit/ stroll... some B&B's, wineries and homebrew places.

    If you want some realllllllly nice place.. check out the Hangar Hotel:

    http://national.citysearch.com/profi...reference_id=1

    If you make it South of I-10 check out the Cowboy Capitol of the World... Bandera..

    http://www.banderacowboycapital.com/index.cfm

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    Smile Motorcycle Camping in TX Hill Country

    Garner State Park near Leakey offers good camping, great riding roads and A lot of fellow riders. And for those looking for more comfort, you have D'Rose motorcycle Only Motel in Leakey (a great place).
    Last edited by 20774; 09-29-2010 at 10:51 AM. Reason: Corrected spelling of Leakey

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    Thumbs up Thanks All

    Thanks for the replys. These are some great suggestions. Now all I have to do is come up with a plan.
    Gail Kaltz
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    The Texas Clay Festival is going on Oct. 23rd and 24th in Gruene which is the Historical District of New Braunfels... it is actually pretty cool if you like hand made pottery and art. Also there is a cave somewhere in that part of Texas, can't remember the name... but if you like doing cave tours where someone drives you down in the thing, i remember it being pretty neat.

    http://www.texasclayfestival.com/home.html

    Pete in OKC,OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by dadayama View Post
    Also there is a cave somewhere in that part of Texas, can't remember the name
    Natural Bridge Caverns?

    http://www.naturalbridgecaverns.com/
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    If you're going the hotel route can't say enough good about the Hanger Hotel mentioned earlier on the airport in Fredericksburg. Pricy, but one of my all time favorite places to stay any time any day.http://www.hangarhotel.com/

    Also further south in Kerrville is Inn Of The Hills. http://www.innofthehills.com/index.htm Very motorcycle friendly and an easy place to stay.

    For dining, don't miss the famous Hilltop Cafe, 10 miles north of Fredericksburg on Hwy 87. It's a 5 star restaurant that has the most casual setting where you can dine wearing cut offs, flip flops, and a tank top.

    As already stated Hwy 337 starting from Medina through Leaky ( pronounced Lake-E) and on to Camp Wood is a winner! Hwy 335 going north from Camp Wood and Barksdale is an absolute blast with quick up and down hills like a roller-coaster. Hwy 336 could also be a great road if it didn't have all the cattle guards that can be almost a nuisance. Still worth the ride, but I sometimes skip it having taken it many times. This route is often referred to as "The Three 3's" : 335,336,337.

    Word of caution: This area has a high concentration of deer and other critters. Avoid or use extreme caution when not riding in daylight.

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    Smile Hill Country, Bandera, Fredrickburg

    Bandera Cowboy Capital of the World, Arky Blues Bar is down stairs on Main st and is truely a unique experience, sawdust floor, cheap beer, plenty of bands and players, cowboy hats and cowgirls. Also, a block away, the Cowboy Bar has a wonderfull collection of Bras hanging from the celing, all colors and sizes and a hugh dance floor for the Texas Two Step out back, Friday id bring your own steak night.
    This a unique Texas town and has some small hotels (there is a two story down town that is right outta the history books small cramped unique rooms but a huge bar down stairs... Try the Texas Two Step on the week ends, April has a great Cowboy/bars event...walk to all the bars in town about 4 blox max.
    Now Fredricksburg, has the WW2 War in the Pacific Museum, and is (WAS)the home of Admiral Chester Nimitz. Pleanty of tourist things is F-Burg and there is a old Calvary fort out side of town that has been perserved.
    New Braunsfield (SP) Also a neat town, go to the German Museum there and learn about the first settlers and the indians. Great is the hugh Spring that flows outta the hilside creating a unique village down town around it


    Riding, well there is not a ton of Great riding but a lot of good riding, west of Bandera are the 3 sisters, big Harley routs and some pretty rustic towns and bars. Watch your tires, the roads are well done tar and chip and they are like riding on sandpaper. Also remember, all of the distances between town is a lot more miles that your used to, Texas is big. so be prepared.

    Austin the capital of Texas is 30 mile to the east of Bandera and features the river walk and the Alamo, both are worth seeing.

    If your camping, there is a campground right over the big hill in town, primituive along the river is free.....about two blocks away.

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    [QUOTE=mrtnfischer;621186
    Austin the capital of Texas is 30 mile to the east of Bandera and features the river walk and the Alamo, both are worth seeing.[/QUOTE]

    Austin is the capital, but the Alamo and the Riverwalk are downtown San Antone...and yes that is 30ish miles east. Austin is about 90 miles NE
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