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Texas Hill Country Bike Tour

  • Bluebonnets, bike bag and covered wagon
  • Bike and cowboy boot Texas
  • Barons Creekside drone shot
  • Biker in bluebonnets
  • longhorn in Texas
  • Enchanted Rock State Park approach
  • Bluebonnets and cacti in Texas
  • Guitar players in Luckenbach Texas
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
13 to 67 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
2-Easier to Intermediate
REVIEWS
STARTING FROM
$3395
SINGLES ADD FROM
$1,000

Trip Overview

The Hill Country of Texas is a fantastic late fall and early spring bike tour destination with scenic roads, great food and a special inn. The Hill Country sits atop the Edwards Plateau and in many ways is the geographic and cultural border between the U.S. Southwest and the South. The area is unique for its fusion of Spanish and German influences on food, beer, architecture and music that form a distinctively local “Texan” culture.

Our tour of the Texas Hill Country begins and ends in Austin, and we recommend you spend extra time there before or after the tour. Texas settlers clustered around the crystal-clear waterways of the Hill Country, and our trip highlights this history. You’ll unpack once and stay for five nights in Fredericksburg — allowing time to explore some of the best routes in the area, outstanding museums, great food and a hike on the largest pink granite dome in the U.S. Each day has some riding along the river valleys without too much climbing — and optional routes with additional miles. Spring trips showcase Texas bluebonnets or other wildflowers. And autumn trips bring fall colors and flowers — and a great location to extend your biking season. (Rooms with 2 beds are limited for this tour, but alternate lodging may be possible. Please contact our office for details.)

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Arrival Day | Distance: 19 miles | Terrain: Easier | Barons Creekside
Meet on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Airport — or at 12:00 p.m. at Barons Creekside in Fredericksburg — then gather for a welcome lunch, bike fitting and orientation. You go on an afternoon ride through Fredericksburg and out into the Hill Country, then settle into your cabin at Barons. Enjoy a wine tasting and dinner at the Club at Barons Creekside.
DAY 2 - Lyndon B. Johnson’s Historic Ranch
Distance: 26 to 45 Miles | Terrain: Easier or Intermediate | Barons Creekside
Today features a ride out to Lyndon B. Johnson’s historic ranch. The ride from Fredericksburg to the LBJ Ranch is 17 miles. As you cross over the Pedernales River into the ranch, you step back in time to when local farm houses were transformed into guest lodging for visiting politicians and foreign leaders. Enjoy a picnic lunch, and cycle the quiet scenic loop through the ranch. Continue cycling to Blanco and finish at Cannon Brewery. Tonight’s dinner is at Otto's in Fredericksburg offering German-inspired dishes and more … which reflect the heritage of early European settlers to this area.
DAY 3 - Enchanted Rock & Willow City Loop
Distance: 13 to 35 miles | Terrain: Easier or Intermediate | Barons Creekside
Today features some of the most scenic riding in Texas — along with a picnic and optional hike on a spectacular granite dome. Start with a ride out to Enchanted Rock State Park, home of the largest pink granite dome in the U.S. Alternatively, you can take the van to the State Park and spend the morning hiking and exploring there. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the State Park and then transfer back to the start of the Willow City Loop, a scenic winding road. Quiet roads along and through farms and ranches bring you back into Fredericksburg. Dinner is on your own tonight.
DAY 4 - Pecan Creek Road Ride
Distance: 29 to 55 miles | Terrain: Easier | Barons Creekside
This is the day for exploring Fredericksburg and some relaxed biking. Spend the morning in Fredericksburg, with a chance to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War, the Pioneer Museum, the Texas Ranger Heritage Center or just stroll through the shops in town. After lunch at Barons Creekside, cycle through town and head west for 15 – 40 miles. The ride back along Pecan Creek Road is a highlight of the day. Dinner tonight is at a low-key authentic local barbeque place.
DAY 5 - Luckenbach
Distance: 34 to 51 miles | Terrain: Easier or Intermediate | Barons Creekside
Today’s ride features a loop to iconic Luckenbach. The ghost town of Luckenbach was made famous when Jerry Jeff Walker recorded a live album there in the 1970s, and it remains a colorful symbol of the Hill Country. The ride crosses the Pedernales River and then traverses quiet backroads to Alamo Springs and the Old Tunnel State Park. You can take a short hike here. Lunch is on your own with options available at the quirky burger restaurant at Bankersmith. Then you roll along Grape Creek to Luckenbach, where you can stop and listen to the daily music on the stage and explore the “town.” You finish with smooth back roads all the way to Barons Creekside. Shorter mileage options include stopping or starting at Luckenbach. Final celebration dinner is at Barons with live music.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
Distance: 12 miles | Terrain: Easier
For the final ride, you do a loop to the east of Fredericksburg, looking for last sightings of longhorns, llamas, Herefords or Quarter Horses. Return to the inn for showers and then head to town for a final lunch together. If needed, a shuttle will return you to Austin and you arrive at the Austin airport area by 3 p.m., so please plan flights departing after 6 p.m.

Map

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start End Cost Availability
Mar 26, 2023 Mar 31, 2023 $3395.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Apr 02, 2023 Apr 07, 2023 $3395.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Apr 09, 2023 Apr 14, 2023 $3395.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Oct 29, 2023 Nov 03, 2023 $3395.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Nov 05, 2023 Nov 10, 2023 $3395.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Nov 12, 2023 Nov 17, 2023 $3395.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, park entrance fees, National Museum of the Pacific War entrance, shuttle at one time from/to hotel near Austin airport at start/finish. We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus use of a bike and helmet. Airfare is not included. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start: Mar 26, 2023
End: Mar 31, 2023
Cost: $3395.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Apr 02, 2023
End: Apr 07, 2023
Cost: $3395.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Apr 09, 2023
End: Apr 14, 2023
Cost: $3395.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Oct 29, 2023
End: Nov 03, 2023
Cost: $3395.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Nov 05, 2023
End: Nov 10, 2023
Cost: $3395.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Nov 12, 2023
End: Nov 17, 2023
Cost: $3395.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, park entrance fees, National Museum of the Pacific War entrance, shuttle at one time from/to hotel near Austin airport at start/finish. We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus use of a bike and helmet. Airfare is not included. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Barons Creekside
A unique log cabin village on 26 rolling acres in the midst of their own vineyard, Barons CreekSide offers exquisite lodging with a taste of Switzerland in the Texas Hill Country. Unwind along the gorgeous “mountain creek." Explore, watch for birds and butterflies, go fishing … or just relax in a rocker on your private porch.

Guests say …

Quotes from guests about this tour:


"It was the best day. An incredible hike with great views then a beautiful bike ride to see the blue bonnets."

Julie N.


"The biking was the best. I rode 50 miles for the first time in my life.    And it really was the guides who enabled that."
Roni & Alan F.

"I highly recommend this trip for challenging hills and interesting wildlife. What a great vacation."

Julie N.


"The guides were superb as were the inns.  The routes and road conditions were great."

Jennifer D.

Gallery

Images from this tour. Click each to see it larger.

Bluebonnets, bike bag and covered wagon Bike and cowboy boot Texas Barons Creekside drone shot Biker in bluebonnets longhorn in Texas Enchanted Rock State Park approach Bluebonnets and cacti in Texas Guitar players in Luckenbach Texas