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Texas Hill Country Twister + ADD NEW ROUTE


15   in Texas Texas38 Miles

By Brad McJunkin
on December 1, 2004

4.1out of 5

11 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start your route at Kerrville, TX which is about 50 miles NW of San Antonio, TX. Take HWY 16 south out of Kerrville and cross the Guadalupe River and continue on 16 heading all the way down to Bandera, TX ... about 38 miles.

Scenery

This road is in the top five in the state, with everything from scenery to twisty's all boiled down into a 38 mile ride. This route will send you past the home of the Kerrville Folk Festival, Koyote Ranch Resort, and Love Creek Orchards. Then to Bandera, TX where it's not uncommon to find a horse tied up next to your bike! The ride takes you through a set of twisty's, then dumps you into the beautiful Medina River Valley.

Update provided by LadyMarie on 5/25/12: "This road follows the valley into Medina. The elevation changes multiple time and watch out for some wickedly tight turns, Especially North of Koyote Ranch. Pay attention to the warning signs and prepare for a couple quick downshifts. It starts with mostly tree lined roads till you hit the floor of the valley, and then it opens up a bit to rolling turns. Good warm up for the Sisters."

Road Quality

Highway 16 has it all in a short package, hairpin twisty's, scenery, and sweeping turns along the river. Due to the number of turns it can get some gravel in the turns due to cars running of the road edge. It's never a good idea to ride the first and last hours of light, in this part of Texas, due to high deer populations.

Update provided by LadyMarie on 5/25/12: "This is a tight two lane but is kept in excellent condition as it is the main road from Kerrville to Medina. Be aware that some of the four wheelers have trouble maintaining their lane so I only gave it a 4."

Roadside Amenities

Koyote Ranch is a must see, this biker resort is brand new. With everything from tent camping, RV sites and cabins to die for. Koyote Ranch also has a merchantile and biergarten with the best views in the State. Note from a recent MotorcycleRoads.com visitor about this route: "Hwy 16 between Kerrville and Bandera is not for beginners! Due to recent accidents, weekend police patrol has increased a great deal. Hwy 173 may be a better route between Kerrville & Bandera."

Update provided by LadyMarie on 5/25/12: "Not much directly on this road till you get about halfway to Medina, you will roll through a few small communities on the way that have little shops. Both Medina and Kerrville have gas and food stops."

Additional Info

Update provided by LadyMarie on 5/25/12: "This is the gateway road to the 3 Sisters if you are coming in from I-10, staying in Kerrville, or at Koyote Ranch you should find this route very enjoyable."

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on July 14, 2008 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great ride. Just be careful. These roads are for the experienced rider. Do plan to be off the road when the deer start feeding & moving around. Did the 3 sisters run and really enjoyed it. Instead of staying in Leakey we rented a great place in Bandera and would recommend it - Antler Cabins (www. BanderaCabin.com) - to others. Only two cabins, lots of privacy, parking directly in front of your cabin's porch & windows. Cabins are smaller but very clean, reasonable & very biker friendly.

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By MCR Contributor
on December 4, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type Sport

There are massive trees all along the route. The route follows and crosses the Guadalupe River continuously. You will have trouble keeping your eyes on the road.

The roads are in good condition unless there has been flooding. Not a problem for a while now. The state will not cut the trees along the road and some are a couple of feet from the fog line.

Kerrville is full of a variety of cuisine. As I said before the Apple Store in Medina, should not be missed.

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By Guest
on January 2, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

The only semi dangerous part of Hwy 16 in my opinion is a little ways from Koyote Ranch heading toward Keerville there are some sharp winding turns with steep elevation changes. If there is no oncoming traffic they arent too bad but if you have to stay in your lane or stop on those steep turns on the way up you could be in trouble.

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By Guest
on December 10, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport

The Texas Hill Country Twister seems to be for the experienced rider even though it is only 38 miles and there are some wonderful sites that you pass through!! Though it has all the qualities of a good ride, it has only 7 out of 10 maybe because of the danger factor and the deer which can surprise you in the way!! I think this is for those riders who find a ride incomplete with that sense of risk involved!! Vehicle Wrap

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By Triker SJ
on August 10, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Goldwing Trike

Motorcycle Type Touring

Eight of us rode several of the rides in the Texas Hill Country. Great rides, great people and good roads. In Leakey we ate at "The Hog Pen" if riding on 83 you should stop for lunch. You won't regret it. We road for 5 days and all were good.

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By jimintexas
on April 23, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make HD

Motorcycle Type Touring

Good road lots of fun and some good sweepers and a few twisties. One caution, since last time I ran the road there are now two sets of rumble strips to wake up the sleepers and make it interesting for the bikers. These are located just before each of the tight set of twisties about a mile or two apart.
Spring also brings out a lot of cyclers, who seem to believe sharing the road only means the bikers and cagers. Use caution, give them a wide birth and the guy with the loudest horn should be out front.

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By Guest
on July 6, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Standard

This is one of the best roads to ride in my experience. I've ridden 4 times now and have a blast the whole time I'm on the road. It has very tight turns in the beginning and I had to downshift the Bandit twice for more than one corner. Beautiful scenery in the spring and fall. It is your prep ride for the Three Sister route. Rest in Medina. Then head for the big ride the Sisters give you. Awesome road.

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By Guest
on March 5, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Victory

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is a heck of a road. First time at dusk, 2-up with 2 days of gear, and in the rain to boot. It was an experience to say the least. On the way back, we hit it during the day, it was dry, and we could really enjoy the ride. Definetly NOT for a beginning rider.

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By Guest
on April 26, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

The Medina River and its runoff provided a serene atmosphere unsurpassed by anything one could experience within the city. the silence was almost deafening. this ride, when paired with a meal at OST, is a condensed tour of the beauty the hill country has to offer. nice day trip

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By Guest
on October 24, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I rode this route 10/20.2009. I rode from Fredericksburg to Bandera. The ride was great. Observe the speed limit signs around the curves as some of them are very sharp and the road is relatively narrow. It was during the middle of the day and i saw no police but did have a deer run across the road 100 feet in front of me.

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By Guest
on May 13, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

The warning comments are accurate. I was on that stretch of 16 several times last week. Many law enforcement officers out and about. I also agree that that road is not for begining riders. One newer rider with us was very intimidated by the hair pin curves going up and over the mountain.
Be extremely careful after dark due to deer. But it is an absolutely great road. Just be cautious.

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