Total tour distance: 326 miles
Daily tour distance: 54 miles
Difficulty: 60 / 100
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Assembly Point: San Antonio, TX
Tour Cost: $2,095
(includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, van shuttle, leaders, tour maps & narratives)
We think south-central Texas may be cycling’s best kept secret. Our 6-day tour explores a vast network of 2-lane farm-to-market country roads traversing deep green valleys, bluebonnet-covered hills, rushing creeks, and rugged limestone cliffs. Notwithstanding its proximity to San Antonio and Austin, the Hill Country is surprisingly quiet and rural. The area retains its rich cultural heritage, with towns like Fredericksburg and Boerne steeped in the legacy of the German immigrants who homesteaded the region in the 1840s. This is also cattle country and the many historic ranches we pedal past are constant reminders that we are, most definitely, in Texas.
The tour begins in Gruene, and we'll ride through the Guadalupe River Valley on our first morning. By mid-morning, expect to be jolted out of our early reverie as our route begins to undulate. The climb to Devil's Backbone is a 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 2. Then it's on to Fredericksburg, but not before a visit to Luckenbach of Willie and Waylon fame. Fredericksburg is a fascinating town, 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 4 includes several appealing options. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, located 18 miles north of Fredericksburg, offers an outstanding hiking opportunity. Or those disposed to a more leisurely day can continue exploring Fredericksburg, including some quality pool time at our lodge. A third option is to ride the Willow City Loop -- a true Hill Country classic.
Day 5 features a ride to Kerrville. An early arrival presents the optional opportunity to ride out along the Guadalupe for a burger at the historic Hunt Store. You might need the extra calories for the final ride on Day 6, a climb to 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.
Total Cycling Mileage: 326
See our website for details including daily mileage. Bicycle rentals are available.