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What is Your Favorite Road to Ride in Texas and Why?

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I know this is a tough one for most of us but let's give it a shot.

My favorite road is PR 37 that stretches from Bandera Rd in San Antonio and takes you to Medina Lake via FM 1283. Why? Scenic views and lots of turns and elevation changes. Park Road 37 is only 9.5 miles (from Bandera Rd to FM 1283) but it is one heck of ride. If I only had one last ride before I hang up my helmet and gloves, that would be it.

So how about you guys?
 
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My favorite ride has to be heading south out of Fort Davis on 17, west on 166 around to 118. Then head back east past McDonald Observatory back to Fort Davis. It's got more corners than you can shake a stick at.
 
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I'm new to it, but my faves so far are:

River Road in New Braunfels (although its more enjoyable for me on a bicycle)
Hwy 39 South of Hunt
Hwy 16 from Kerrville to Medina
187/337 from Lost Maples to Leakey

Pretty much any road with decent green scenery and a curve or two.
 
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It's hard to pick a single stand out road in Texas, or even just a few...

If I am the only one on them when I ride them, then obviously 335, 336, and 337 are great paved roads, as is 39 South of Hunt. However, I rarely ride those roads anymore because when I can ride them, they are just so crowded that it isn't any fun.

FM 2631, Bullhead Rd., and FM 3235 cut between FM 335 and 336. I've not been out there in years, but the last time I did them, they were pretty fun.

FM 1341 between Kerrville and Comfort is a fun paved road, with lots of fast elevation changes and good curves, kind of like a roller coaster.

Hwy 55 North of Campwood and heading toward Rocksprings is fun until it gets to the top of a plateau and straightens out. It has FAST sweepers that are great, but to make them fun you have to run speeds that will get expensive if you get popped, and it is often well patrolled.

FM 674 between Rocksprings and Brackettville is fun.

FM 189 South of Sonora down to Hwy 163 is fun.

Just south of the 189/163 intersection is Juno Road. It crosses the Devil's River. It starts with the water crossing and is unpaved all the way over to FM 1024. 1024 is fun over to Pandale, where you can stop at Camp Easy, cross the Pecos, and run down Pandale/Langtry roads to Langtry at US 90. Or, after crossing the river, you can run Fielder Draw Rd., over to Pumpville Rd., and then turn South. What makes these dirt roads fun is the big erosion berms that cross them. They are like GIANT speed bumps for cars/trucks, but more like ramps for bikes! Just watch for deer. I hit and killed one out there...

I have more, but I have to get to work at my real job :-P
 
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I think Pinto canyon is my all time texas fav otherwise pretty much any road that leads me out of Texas , that last 10 miles till I’m in another state always puts a grin on my face , looking at this list 190 is the only one I’ve missed but have been on 170 from end to end and exceeded the speed limit pretty much every place except thru the towns .
 
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FM183 between South Purmela And Evant is nice. Hills and views.

FM1238 from Iredell south towards CG

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And FM219 from Clifton to CG

I listed these because they were close but my favorite is Old Maverick Road in BBNP

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I’m terrible remembering names but I think it’s Sandy Creek Rd. More about dirty fun than scenery.
 
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FM4 is great. A really enjoyable one is the River Road that parallels the Guadalupe River roughly from Canyon Lake to New Braunfels.

But day in and day out, I'll go with Lone Star Road (FM 157) from Mansfield to Maypearl - occasionally with a jog eastward on FM 875, and then back west on Old Buena Vista Road. There are better roads, but this one has the advantage of being the closest road to south Arlington that offers a few decent curves. If I just need to get out of the house for an hour or so, that's where I head.
 

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River Road in Comal County is nice but the 20 mph is a bummer.

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Has no one mentioned Lime Creek Rd.? That used to be a favorite for the Austin area riders. Did it get so over developed as to be not worth riding anymore? It's probably been 15 years since I last rode it. Also, there was 1431 out to Marble Falls that was always a local favorite. It got widened. There has been loads of development. I can't remember the last time I rode it. It wasn't much fun compared to the way it was back around 2000.
 

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I love some of the roads already mentioned.

My favorite road is not the best road, but it is my favorite because I grew up riding it, Ranch Road 12 out of San Marcos, Turning into 32 and going over Devils Backbone.
 
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Blanco county 1 is another that I will detour out of the way to ride any time I’m in that area .

Last time I rode Lime Creek it was a traffic jam half way thru and about 50 or so new driveways on the uphill side with gravel washing across the road at every one of them . Good memories from years ago but that’s all that’s left of it is memories
 

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In Texas my favorites are The Three Sisters of course. But in my area, probably FM 3090. But there are plenty of close seconds; Scenic 390, the FM's 223, 222, 224 (Three Little Sisters), FM 1485 to FM 1484 and FM 149 through the forest.
 
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Several of us had a couple of pretty good public Google maps goin several years ago...
They had tons of paved & unpaved county roads all up & down I35 to the west out past Llano...& Kerrville...up around Mineral Wells....
TONS.....
& then someone copied a bunch of the roads & made a lot o money with their map

The Google maps still exist... But are much less detailed with roads now
 

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When I used to to the East Texas Butt Burner riders, the fun usually started just outside of Onalaska as we headed East. FMs 3152, 350, 942, 1745, 352, 1987, 256 to US 190, then FM 777 into Jasper, FM 1012 to Newton, FM 1414 up to Burkeville, FM 692, cut back to Hwy 87 and run up to Hemphill, FM 2784 up to Hwy 21, then FM 330 up to Hwy 87 again, FM 353 back into San Augustine, FM 1277 SW out of town to FM 1196 (up to 21 and back on this one or skip over to FM 95 to get back down to Hwy 103), get over to FM 1818 South of Lufkin, then down US 59 to FM 357 and head over to FM 2262 and run into Groveton, FM 355 South to FM 356, run into Trinity and pick up FM 230 West to FM 3478, and finally back down to FM 980 into Huntsville.

Depending on the exact route it was anywhere from 400-475 miles on top of whatever miles people did to reach the start point at my home in Huntsville and then to get home afterward. For folks coming up from Houston, it was often a 600 mile or more day. When I did these rides, we almost always had at least 10 riders bikes or more show up for them. I can't remember the last time I did one...
 

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Pretty much all of the FMs around Center, Tx., are fun.

At one point, I loaded up on my VFR 800 and set out into East Texas to ride ALL of the FMs. I spent three days just blasting up and down every single road, taking pics and notes. This was back when I was starting my Backroad Motorcycle Tours endeavor. I saved all that info so I could have a reference for planning future rides. I think I did over 1700 miles in three days of riding.

I did something similar up in Arkansas. I started at Hot Springs and hit every highway North of there, all the way up and into Missouri. That was three days of HAULING all over the place. I did the same thing taking pics and notes so I'd be able to remember details about all the various roads, places to eat, places to get gas, hotels, etc,... Once you get North of I-40, it's kind of hard to pick a bad road.
 

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FMs 315 & 314 North of Palestine up to Edom are a lot of fun.

From Madisonville up to Buffalo, there are a bunch of fun roads on the East side of I-45. FMs 2346, 1119, 579, 811, 1511, and 831 to Oakwood or Buffalo.

FM 977 cuts West from 1119 through Leona at I-45 and keeps going all the way over to FM 3. This is a really nice ride, especially when the flowers are blooming! FM 3 is fun all the way from Normangee up to US 79 just South of Marquez. If you head West of there, most of the FMs around Franklin are also nice. Once out in that area, I usually start hitting dirt roads to make my way back over toward Bedias to get back to Huntsville.

If you get over on the West side of College Station, there is FM 166 over to Caldwell, FM 908 to Thorndale, FM 696 through Lexington over toward Elgin. Good BBQ at Snow's in Lexington! FM 112 between Lexington and Taylor is fun.
 

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said no one ever.
I like sand :mrgreen:

Would you be up to riding around some of those old roads sometime? I'd like to see the best of what East Texas has to offer.
I was thinking I might have to plan another ETBB ride since it has been so long. I just don't know when. I have pretty much no control over my work schedule so I tend to ride on short notice and not venture very far anymore :-|
 
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Sand is not bad, except the constant crashing part when one first learns to ride it. I always liked the section near Hamilton road and then Josserand - I think...

This is Hamilton road the year the ET was rained out. Me Doug and Kevin made it all the way around that year and only Doug, or actually Doug's bike ridden partly by RollingJ managed to get through that legendary muddy section. This is kind of misleading since the rain had the sand packed down. It's about two feet thick and like sugar with it's dry.

 
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I like a bunch of the roads above that other riders have mentioned. Most of my favorite roads are the goat paths that Mr2mch leads us around on. Not sure what the names of all of them are but he seems to find the best ones. The sisters are three favorites that are hard to ignore. Real close to me there is FM 580 towards San Saba and the opposite side of FM 580 from Lampasas to Pidcoke is sweet. I never get tired of riding 580. Also PR 4 between Burnet and Marble Falls although short is a neat road. FM 1431 is an nice wide road with good pavement. I went on one with Zephyr once a few years back that was excellent but I do not remember the number.
 
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If it was out by his place.....it was prob FM590 from Comanche to Zephyr.. or mabe FM572 from Golthwaite to Moline... We rode that the other day after lunch
On the way to his place from a meet and greet and eat, came out near or maybe in Zephyr.
 
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I call it the Lexington Loop, though you could start in Taylor too.

Lexington to FM 112, left onto FM 619, left on FM 696, then stay on 696 to Lexington.

Leaving Taylor, it'd be Taylor to 112, right onto 619, left onto 696, left onto 112, then stay on 112 to Taylor.
 
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I was riding a road several years ago somewhere west of Hamilton that came out close to zephyr that had a heavy construction equipment grave yard on it , there were machines there 60 and 70 years old I had to slow way down to check all that stuff out , wouldn’t mind snooping around there sometime .
 
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You were prob on FM218 which goes west thru Pottsville & Indian Gap...where you saw all the old machinery. The road runs thru Priddy ..then on to Zephyr

If memory serves me...there are several old International pick ups out there too
 
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I was riding a road several years ago somewhere west of Hamilton that came out close to zephyr that had a heavy construction equipment grave yard on it , there were machines there 60 and 70 years old I had to slow way down to check all that stuff out , wouldn’t mind snooping around there sometime .
Kid in a candy store :-P
 
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Tough to pick a favorite. I have ridden many of the roads already mentioned and they are fun. I tend to like roads will lots of twist and turns.

Some others I like:

FM1002 from Rhonesboro to Big Sandy.
FM2225 just east of Lake Fork between 515 and 154.
FM1805 from Van to Jamestown
FM858 from Ben Wheeler to Martins Mill
FM813 from Rocket to Palmer (although there are getting to be to many houses along it)
FM813 from Rocket to Waxahachie when the traffic is not to heavy.
 
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West from 281 south of the little blanco creek 473 goes east on the north side of the creek , that’s part of the route too . Computer maps call it little blanco rd . But I remember seeing the Cr 1 sign at the east end years ago . There was a picture of me stopped in the road about 10 feet from a long horn steer standing there looking at me with horns wider than the road in Banjos picture thread on ADV years ago . I would follow it thru and end up on 473 again headed to sisterdale then west . back in the ride to the hill country days .
 
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West from 281 south of the little blanco creek 473 goes east on the north side of the creek , that’s part of the route too . Computer maps call it little blanco rd . But I remember seeing the Cr 1 sign at the east end years ago . There was a picture of me stopped in the road about 10 feet from a long horn steer standing there looking at me with horns wider than the road in Banjos picture thread on ADV years ago . I would follow it thru and end up on 473 again headed to sisterdale then west . back in the ride to the hill country days .

Yes, that is Little Blanco Rd, it is a cool little road that I ride quite often, it runs from Old Blanco Rd (nice road) to 281. In the same area is Crabapple Rd that is worth riding also.
 
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Thanks. I found that last year and Multisurface Rider and some others rode that. I think it was the coolest road we took that weekend. I just wish it was longer.
 
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