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8   in Texas Texas51 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Hill Country Back Roads

By Rick "RT" Toms
on April 1, 2009

4.4out of 5

5 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

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.

Scenery

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.

Road Quality

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

Roadside Amenities

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.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on June 5, 2012 4 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1982

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

NOTE! LOTS OF ERRORS IN THE DIRECTIONS! READ BELOW! I live in Austin, so have been meaning to ride this route with a buddy who rides on an 83 R100RS for a while. But he never has time--so I finally got my girlfriend on the back and did the route 2-up.

I live on 360, so I actually rode "Hippie Hollow Horror" (all roads I know) to start and get up to 1431, rode that to Marble Falls, ate, and then rode the route as listed.

I realized that the author accidentally put "west" instead of "east" on the first direction listed, so I made sure to double check the directions with the map--the author made 5 or 6 huge mistakes that could have you lost for hours if you tried to follow them! Lots of little dislexic moments, it looks like.

BUT THE ROUTE WAS GORGEOUS! It was like Ireland in Texas; lush and green in parts, great views from way up high, lots of wildlife, very light/friendly traffic, and just a great time. Weather was beautiful today, slightly overcast--beautiful lighting, but no harsh sun. Lots of twisties. I was worried I'd be looking at directions the whole time, but that wasn't the case--most of the time there are very few options, so just one glance at the next turn on your list will be enough to know it when you run into it (half of them are dead ends into T's).

At the end, one of the turns was onto a CR 328 or something--you'll see a 328A (or whatever the number is, it's the last CR after an FM), and that's not your road... Just wait it out, the correct road without "A" will show up.

Also, in Marble Falls, there was this great restaurant--Real New Orleans Style Restaurant. It's the real deal--it's owned and run by a church community that moved here after Katrina from New Orleans, its all home recipes. Tasted awesome, reasonable price. Wanted to go to Pete's Mesquite BBQ; closed on Mondays. Go figure. (Also closed Sundays, if you were wondering--opened other days.)

Enjoy!

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By Flynfo
on September 12, 2016 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make 2008

Motorcycle Type Touring

Hands down my favorite ride closest to my house. GO SLOW ENJOY IT GO SLOW. However rider beware many hazards lie within. You got quick switch back turns followed by water ridden roadways followed by short turn cement bridges with no guardrails and if you think your done a cattle guard will surprise you. Of all those hazards the water crossing the road was the worst. Of the 3 or 4 constant water crossings, I slipped on all of them. Its algae meets road meets moving water meets hot motorcycle tire, aka id rather ride on ice. All that danger aside I would do it again and again, take a dip in the clear water stream go fishing, or camp if find a spot.

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By Guest
on July 12, 2009 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Other

I stumbled upon the Cow Creek portion of this ride and really enjoyed that stretch. Ill have to try the rest.

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By Guest
on October 12, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Cow Creek road is a great ride through the Hill Country. Take it slow and enjoy the beautiful views. Watch out for the multiple cattle guards.

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By DangitJon
on June 3, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

What a wonderful ride! There is some beautiful scenery to be seen here! Riding down Cow Creek was particularly awesome. The roads are a bit rough at some points, and with the recent rain there was a few places with an inch or so of water on the road, but the view was wonderful.

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