Cruising The Texas Hill Country

   Fredericksburg, Texas is a picturesque setting 22 miles north of Kerrville, Texas. Fredericksburg, Texas was settled in 1846 by German immigrant families and still has a rich German heritage. The National Historic District is comprised of several older buildings which retain the traditional styles of Germany. Many restaurants still offer traditional German dishes. Oh yes, and German beer too.

Fredericksburg celebrates its German heritage through Oktoberfest. German music, food and drink, arts and crafts, children's area and family fun are enjoyed each year on the first weekend in October.

Trade Days in Fredericksburg, TexasFredericksburg is the "shopping capital" of the Texas Hill Country. With over 150 shops, galleries, boutiques and emporiums, shopping remains one of the primary reasons visitors come to Fredericksburg. Many of the shops are concentrated on or near Main Street with some also located on the side streets. Also worth mentioning is the National  Museum of The Pacific War also located on Main Street. The Museum has grown into a dynamic, first-class experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all backgrounds. In addition to nearly 34,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, the museum boasts an impressive display of Allied and Japanese aircraft, tanks, guns and other large artifacts made famous during the Pacific War.

The area around Fredericksburg is also said by many to be the next Napa Valley. The Fredericksburg area has around 14 wineries that are open to tours.

11 miles east of Fredericksburg off Highway 290 is Luckenbach, Texas (population 3). Luckenbach  is famous for its dance hall, unique post office/gift shop and live country music played under the cool shade trees directly behind the post office. Notable concert appearances in the town include Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, and Lyle Lovett. The little community is still a very active home to country music. Every weekend folks gather to listen to area musicians, eat and drink cold beer. But please drink sensibly.

The Old Tunnel WMA is the smallest Wildlife Management Area in Texas, containing only 16.1 acres of land. Despite its small size, there are a variety of recreational and wildlife-viewing opportunities at Old Tunnel WMA. The abandoned railroad tunnel is home to up to three million Brazilian free-tailed bats. From May to October, visitors come to watch the bats emerge from the tunnel each night, and nightly educational programs provide guests with a better understanding of the life history and ecology of bats.The Old Tunnel WMA is located on Old San Antonio Road just 11 miles South of Fredericksburg, or 13 miles north of Comfort, Texas.

Just North of Fredericksburg  is Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. It is 18 miles from Fredericksburg along Ranch Road 965 and is a nice motorcycle ride through scenic country. It is rather isolated and is not on a direct route to anywhere else. Enchanted Rock is several large domes of pinkish granite rising 450 feet above the surrounding plateau. The rock is a protrusion of volcanic origin, and part of an underground mass of 90 square miles, one of the largest such features in the US.

To get to Fredericksburg from Kerrville is simple. Take Highway 16 North for 22 miles until you get to Highway 290 east in Fredericksburg. Turn right onto 290 and you will see the main shopping district ahead.

To get to Luckenbach continue on Hwy 290 (Main St.) East for approximately 6 miles. Go right at RR1376 (KOA Kampgrounds and Shell Gas Station). Go 4.6 miles and take a right on Luckenbach Town Loop just before the South Grape Creek Bridge.

To ride to Enchanted Rock, go on Ranch Road 965 North for 18 miles and you will see the entrance to the park on the left. If you take the ride to Enchanted Rock during the Summer months I highly recommend taking a supply of cold water with you on the ride.

Alternative to Highway 16 South

For a very scenic ride back to Kerrville from Fredericksburg/Luckenbach and points North I highly recommend this route for its scenic beauty. Take Highway 87 West to Ranch Road 648. Make a left on Ranch Road 648 and stay on 648/783 through Doss, Texas until you come to Highway 290. Make a right on 290 then a left on Ranch Road 783 and stay on 783 until you come back into Kerrville. 

The ride from Fredericksburg to Kerrville using this route is 50 miles. It is a very nice ride through some very beautiful country. If you time this ride in the Spring or early Summer you will see many wildflowers in bloom on Ranch Road 648. Keep the camera handy.



Fredericksburg, Texas
National  Museum of The Pacific War
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Luckenbach, Texas
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