North Texas Hill Country - Granbury to Albany + ADD NEW ROUTE
26 in Texas Texas124 Miles
By T & L Manning
on July 1, 2008
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Take Hwy 4 north out of Granbury to the town of Lipan turn left onto FM 1189 continue to FM 1188 west to Hwy 108 turn right & head north to Strawn. In Strawn turn right onto Hwy 16 north then left onto FM 207 west. In Necessity turn left onto FM 576 west and continue to Hwy 183 which combines with FM 576 for a short while, stay on FM 576 which turns left off of Hwy 183. Continue through the town of Eolian and you will see the turn off to Albany - FM 601 north. Take FM 601 into Albany.
The scenery is wonderful! Granbury itself is a historic gem, any road in/out of town is a nice ride. FM 4 going thru Lipan and along FM 1189 to FM 1188 is small town Texas. Once you turn north on Hwy 108 the scenery just keeps getting better, long vista views from the tops of a hillside roadway north on Hwy 108 to another quaint small Texas town, Strawn, where you will pick up Hwy 16 north for just a short distance, don't blink or you will miss the left turn onto FM 207, get your camera ready for some wonderful scenery & an old fashion 1 lane steel bridge. We passed several large fields filled with Black-eyed Susan's! A real treat for the eyes. Next you will turn left onto FM 576 at the town of Necessity, the views of large hills all around continues and gets better all the time. For a very short time you will be on Hwy 183 north before continuing on FM 576 west through the town of Eolian. Then look for the turn north on FM 601, this will take you the rest of the way into Albany.
The roadways on FM 4, Hwy 108, FM 207,FM576, FM601, are all very well maintained roads. The views of the Hills surrounding these roads are terrific and there are lots of winding and hilly spots to keep you interested
Granbury of course has plenty to interest everyone with many top restaurants and shops, plenty of gas stations. Lipan has 1 gas station with eats with many locals to chat with. The next gas and restroom facilities with be on Hwy 108 at I-20, make sure to fill up and use the facilities because there isn't much available on FM's 207, 576, 601 until you get to Albany. Of course Strawn is known by just about all the Bikers in north Texas, Mary's Cafe has great Food!! It's always a treat to go there, if you know the time you will be getting there I advise reservations, 1 bike group recently had 37 people WOW! Albany has a wonderful square and courthouse a very quaint atmosphere and several shops and restaurants too. The Beehive is the place to eat, known for their Steaks, burgers & chicken fried steak! YUM! Don't miss this one folks! The folks there in Albany are really friendly and the town is motorcycle friendly also.
Special note - Make sure to plan to spend some time sight seeing in Albany, it's a beautiful small Texas town, the best kept secret west of Breckenrigde. There is a great bookshop on the main corner of town and the ladies there are very knowledgeable on the local history.
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