Texas Hill Country
If you’ve been led to believe the Lone Star State is pancake flat, our weeklong bike tour through the rolling Texas Hill Country will prove otherwise.
This extremely popular cycling adventure begins and ends in New Braunfels, a small town deep in the heart of Hill Country. From there we’ll make our way on quiet farm and ranch roads through this region celebrated for its dazzling displays of spring wildflowers — most notably bluebonnets — that grow so thickly they sometimes appear to be distant lakes on the horizon. We’ll visit historic settlements including Blanco, Luckenbach, Fredericksburg, and Johnson City, riding along crystal-clear streams and oak-covered hills, and we’ll camp beside rivers with names that evoke the old Southwest (like Guadalupe and Pedernales). Along the way, we’ll sample Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex specialties.
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Day 1. New Braunfels, Texas, 0 miles
We’ll gather with our tour leaders and the rest of the group in the afternoon in New Braunfels, a town full of old-world heritage and small-town Texas charm. Here we’ll have a hearty meal, an orientation meeting, and some time for the tour mechanic to help tune our trusty steeds. When it’s time to hit the hay, we’ll snooze beneath the starry Texas sky, dreaming of bluebonnets and barbeque to come. But before bed, stop in and have a look — and maybe a Texas-brewed Shiner Bock — at Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas.
Day 2. New Braunfels to Johnson City, 51 miles
On our first riding day, we’ll get a taste of what the “Hill Country” is all about. We’ll have plenty of ups and downs as we head north, with views of the rolling hills and sweeping valleys dotted with oak, juniper, and cactus. Pedernales State Park, designated in 1971 after the state acquired the former Circle Bar Ranch, will be our campground tonight. The park is located along the banks of the scenic Pedernales River. Be sure to take advantage of the easy hike to the scenic Twin Falls when we reach our destination.
Day 3. Johnson City to Stonewall, 57 miles
The climb up from the Pedernales River will get your blood pumping early, but you can take a break in Johnson City and visit the boyhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Don’t blink, or you might pedal through Luckenbach without realizing it. As we travel through this tiny town, we’ll want to keep a sharp eye out for Waylon and Willie and the boys. We will top off this fabulous day by spending the night east of Fredericksburg in the heart of Texas wine country.
Day 4. Layover day in Stonewall, 0-46 miles
Today has many options. You can hang out at our fabulous campground, ride to nearby wineries, or visit Fredericksburg by bicycle or shuttle. Fredericksburg has a brewery, several wineries, restaurants, and museums. Once in Fredericksburg, you can park your bicycle and walk to most anything you wish to visit. In addition, there will be an optional ride that features Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, and the famous Alamo Springs General Store & Café.
Day 5. Stonewall to Fredericksburg, 66 miles
Today we’ll start by following the Willow City loop, known for its picturesque display of wildflowers. From there we’ll ride to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The park’s imposing namesake, a Herculean dome of pink granite, covers a full square mile and rises 425 feet above the surrounding countryside. Our destination, Fredericksburg, is renowned for its German-style biergartens — perfect places to kick back with a drink and some good food.
Day 6. Fredericksburg to Blanco, 40 miles
Our route to Blanco takes us through Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. The visitor center contains a wealth of interesting information about the region and the 36th President of the U.S. We’ll camp at Blanco State Park, where a series of low-water dams create outstanding swimming holes.
Day 7. Blanco to New Braunfels, 48 miles
Today, as we return to our start in New Braunfels, we will climb Devil’s Backbone overlook and enjoy one last view of the Hill County’s rolling terrain and sweeping valleys before saying farewell to Texas and our new compadres.
Know before you go
Information for eBike riders:
Because every rider, eBike, road condition, and elevation profile is different, it is ultimately up to the participant to judge best whether their battery will last through each tour day. We recommend using pedal assist in its lowest setting or off when not needed to maximize battery range. Bringing a second battery is also recommended. They can be carried by staff on our fully supported events, but will need to be carried by the participant on our inn-to-inn trips.