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Texas Hill Country Bike Tour
Texas Hill Country Bike Tour

If, as John Steinbeck put it, "Texas is a state of mind," we're happy to let our minds wander awhile in Hill Country. Cooled by gentle breezes, it's a region of lush woodsy hills and meandering rivers unique to the Lone Star State. Where legendary dance halls delight you with boot-tappin' country music. And towns like Fredericksburg welcome you with bratwurst, biergartens and, yes, even crafted-in-Texas gewürztraminers. Got Hill Country on your mind? Hope to see y'all here real soon.

Day 1 Slow down, savor the simple beauty of remote, wide-open spaces and enjoy your first taste of undulating Hill Country roads on a ride from Blanco to Comfort Cruise along blissfully quiet roadways beneath a canopy of oak trees into quaint Sisterdale (population 25) Stop at the historic Sister Creek Winery before pedaling on.

Days 2-3 You'll find heaven on the Willow City Loop, 25 breathtaking miles of country road amid some of the most unique scenery in central Texas Spin through Luckenbach - don't blink or you'll miss this pint-sized town, immortalized by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings  Catch some live music and visit the famous Luckenbach Dancehall, a sacred institution among legions of local two-steppers  Sipping a Shiner Bock at a traditional German biergarten? You must be in Fredericksburg!

Days 4-5 Pedal past live oak, prickly pear cactus and classic Texas ranchland to Gruene, home to the oldest continuously running dance hall in the state  Built in 1878 and revitalized in the 1970s, Gruene Hall has been instrumental in launching the careers of such country music greats as Lyle Lovett and George Strait  Enjoy a stroll in Gruene, perhaps stopping at the General Store for a jar of pecan honey butter  Head out for a shady morning ride along the Guadalupe River.

Trip Highlights
  • Bike the Willow City Loop amid quintessential wild west ranchland
  • Feel like you've been transported to a town on the Rhine in old-world Fredericksburg
  • Pedal along blissfully quiet roads past live oak and prickly pear cactus to historic Gruene
  • Kick up your heels to classic honky-tonk music at a traditional dance hall
  • Feast on authentic melt-in-your-mouth Texas BBQ
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Casual Inns

Meyer Bed & Breakfast (1 night): A welcoming country home set on the edge of the historic district of Comfort and bordered by treelined Cypress Creek.

Hoffman Haus (2 nights): The vibrant shops, restaurants and dance halls of Main Street are just steps from this beautiful property with historic cabins and private courtyards. (spa)

Gruene Mansion Inn (1 night): Step back in time at this elegant mansion, once a private home and now a Texas Historic Landmark on the banks of the Guadalupe River. 

Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 24* 1200 42 1600 52 1700
2 31* 700 44* 1000
60 1200
3 32* 900 55 1700 65 2000
4 22* 800 43* 1000 92 2600
5 30* 500

* Includes a shuttle

2014 Dates & Pricing*

  • 10/5-9 Price: $2398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/19-23 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/26-30 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)

Plus 8.25% Texas state sales tax.

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 2 - 3 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $2,898 pp dbl. occ.

Guest Trip Reviews

I loved this bike trip! The Texas Hill Country is not beautiful in the usual every-vista-is-a-photo-op kind of way...it's better than that. The all-encompassing expansiveness of the land around me brought a peacefulness and restoration to my soul that I will never forget. I already want to go back!
Theresa Kostrzewa - Raleigh, NC