Hill Country Back Roads + ADD NEW ROUTE
9 in Texas Texas51 Miles
By Rick "RT" Toms
on April 1, 2009
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Start the route in Marble Falls, which is about 35 miles West of Cedar Park and about 60 miles NW of Austin. Go West on FM-1431 (towards Austin) for about 5 miles. Turn LEFT on CR-341. Follow 341 for about 4 miles. At the "T" turn RIGHT on CR-340. Follow CR-340 for about 4 miles. Turn RIGHT on CR-355 (Look for the big Ranch sign). Ride about 6 miles, being sure to look for the Bison. At the "T" turn RIGHT on CR-335. Go about 1 mile and turn RIGHT on CR-344. Follow CR-344 for about 3.5 miles. At the "T" turn RIGHT on CR-336. This will take you West, then South, then East, and finally North. At the "T" turn RIGHT on FM-243. Go about 7.5 mile and turn RIGHT on FM-1174. follow FM-1174 over the hills until you get to CR-382 (past the Wildwater resort. turn LEFT on CR-382 (Cow Creek Road) and ride about 9 miles. At the "T" turn LEFT on FM-1431 and ride about 7 miles to Lago Vista where the route ends. There is gas and restaurants available on the main road or you can Turn RIGHT on Lohman's Ford (Stop Light) and find some better eateries.
This route is a laid back scenic route - not for high speeds!. Along the way you will ride along ridge tops and down valleys, through farm and ranch lands. There is abundant wildlife from Llamas to Bison to Longhorns (not to mention deer, skunks, raccoons, and armadillos) along the way. Creeks, ponds, trees, and getting away from it all are the main attractions.
The roads are average to good in quality. As with any back road expect to find a few potholes and rough patches. On this route there are 20 cattle guards and many low water crossings (only 1 had a touch of water as of last weekend). Occasionally there may be some gravel, mainly due to rain
There are plenty of good places to chow down in Marble Falls and in Lago Vista (and nearby Cedar Park), from BBQ to Diner fare. Along the route there is nothing but pristine Texas back county. There are not a lot of places to get off the road but traffic is so light you can stop just bout anywhere you want.
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