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.
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."
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."
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."
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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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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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January 2, 2011
0 McR Points
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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December 3, 2011
1029 McR Points
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.