Austin to Enchanted Rock Loop
Austin, TX 73301
Contact: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Ride Distance: 195 miles
Directions: Head West out of Austin on US-290 W. Stay on 290 until you hit Fredericksburg. In town, head North on Farm to Market 965/N Milam St which will take you to Enchanted Rock. Return the same way or take the scenic route by continuing North on 965 until you hit TX-16 S. Take 16 until you hit Farm Road 1323 toward Willow City. Take a left on Althaus-David Rd which turns into Farm Road 3347. Stay on 3347 until you hit Ranch Road 962 W toward Round Mountain where it will turn into Ranch Road 962 E. This takes you by Hamilton Pool. Keep going straight until it dumps you onto TX-71 E which leads you back to US-290 and Austin.
Description: Take a day-long journey through the Texas Hill Country west of Austin. The route passes through Pedernales Falls State Park and by LBJ National Historic Park. Stop for lunch in the quaint city of Fredericksburg before heading to the giant granite dome and caves of the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Return on roads less traveled through the twisties and switch-backs around Willow City. The return route also passes by another of the region's popular most popular swimming holes, Hamilton Pool with its 50-foot waterfall. The ride is even more spectacular in spring when the bluebonnets are in bloom.