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3.33 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.33
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By acar650 (15 McR Points) on May 18, 2019

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mwmosser
5 McR Points
September 24, 2020
I live on the SW side of Austin and this is my…
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tnfrog@juno.com
16 McR Points
December 19, 2020
This is a fun road. By Dripping Springs there…
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Written Directions

The road starts in the neighboring town of Cedar Valley. If you are heading south on US Hwy 290, Fitzhugh road is on the right hand side of the road, lying just before a Chevron and across the street from South Star Bank. From then on, follow Fitzhugh road until you hit Pedernales State Park. *OPTIONAL ROUTE* If so inclined, there is a second exit to this route if you do not want to go all the way to Pedernales State Park. Bell Spring Road, the first left after Texas Hill Country Olive Company, is a fun twisty road that takes you back to 290.

Scenery

The scenery on this route starts out a little built up, but it quickly turns into rolling hills and Texas farmlands. The road snakes its way through fields, forests, and over streams. Be on the lookout for flood markers, as it is cool to see how high the water in the area can get. There are plenty of cows watching you go on as a spectator! The second is about a mile after the intersection with RM 12. This corner is a near 90 degree right hander, as well as a seven or eight foot drop. Be careful to hug the inside, as it is very easy to go wide into this corner and run into the opposite lane of traffic.

Drive Enjoyment

The road is usually very smooth, but occasionally there is gravel on it. Road quality deteriorates about a mile away from Pedernales state park, so be vigilant towards the end of the run. The road starts off tame, there are a few bends and most of them are very easy. However, there are two very sharp corners to be aware of. The first is about 4 miles in, it's very sharp but not very steep. The second is about a mile after the intersection with RM 12. This corner is a near 90 degree right hander, as well as a seven or eight foot drop. Be careful to hug the inside, as it is very easy to go wide into this corner and run into the opposite lane of traffic.

Tourism Opportunities

Due to the rural nature of this road, there are not many amenities. There is a Chevron right at the start. Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company is about halfway down the road. They have plenty of olive oils to sample as well as an in house restaurant, however it is pricy. If you turn off on Bell Springs road, there is a BBQ place on 290 about a mile away from the exit. Pedernales State Park is at the end of the road, but it is very remote. Once you get back on 290 or head towards Johnson City, there are plenty of amenities available.

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mwmosser
September 24, 2020
5 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Standard
I live on the SW side of Austin and this is my local weekend ride. Everything in the original posting is accurate. This road is great for all skill levels and should be ridden if you're on this side of town. Use it as a "back way" to Johnson City and avoid 290.
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tnfrog@juno.com
December 19, 2020
16 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
This is a fun road. By Dripping Springs there are wineries and diversions. Further west is more fun. There are flood crossings so there may be water after rains. Combine this with Hamilton Pool road and/or 1431 and you have an nice Austin day loop
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Bug
May 6, 2021
5 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I rode this route in May 2021 on my full bagger. For my fellow riders, who ride a heavy cruiser, please be careful crossing Sycamore Creek. I could see water flowing above the road and it was not deep so decided to cross it. To increase traction, I made sure I was riding the clutch and brake but my rear-wheel still lost traction. Either the flow of water was fast or the road underneath had become slippery. I made sure I did not take the same route back. I would not recommend this route for heavy motorcycles.
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