While in Fredericksburg I took an hour or so to drive up towards Llano to Willow City. While following the road take the signs to the Willow City Loop. It's about a 15 mile drive that will show you what the Hill Country is all about. Missing it would be to miss the beauty of Central Texas.
As you turn onto loop you will see many signs that say "Private Property." Yes, the residents have opened up their own road for you to enjoy the land. Make sure not to enter any of the properties! You know Texans and their gun-happy ways! ;) No, for real, stay on track so as not to cause any trouble. The other reason for the importance are the free wandering cattle. Yes, cows in the middle of the road and right next to it. You'll want to stay at about 4 miles an hour for breath-taking views, photo opportunities and livestock.
Although it starts mildly for the first few miles you'll soon see why this is one of the most beautiful roads in Texas (or America!). Sit back and enjoy...
*I went on Easter weekend at around 4pm and there was NO ONE else on the road. It almost made me nervous because there were so many Private Property signs and cows on the road. I was unsure if I was on the right road. However, I've heard that sometimes it is packed full of cars. So be prepared for an hour or so to experience the views.
If you've seen my Things to Do tips then you've seen the amazing pictures of the 13-mile Willow City Loop. While we were driving the loop we ran into a few groups biking it! I thought it was an amazing way to see the sights while getting some great exercise.
*Note: The actual trail does not start and stop at the same place. Therefore, if you're going to bike it you will need to bike one way for the 13-miles and then 13 miles back. So, you may only do what you're comfortable with.
Although some of the pictures show terrain, the loop is paved and there are cows on the road! But they kept to themselves when I went.
Equipment: Need to bring your own stuff. Willow City is a bit far from Fredericksburg so you might not want to bike from there.