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Willow City Ramble Professional Review and Guide
"This ride is a Hill Country gem on display just a few miles north of Fredericksburg. Tucked away between the Edwards Plateau and the Llano uplift near Enchanted Rock, this route winds its way through some of the oldest and most unique geology in central Texas. The crown jewel of this ride is the beautiful country of the first 13 miles as seen from a narrow roadway winding downward through the canyons carved by Coal Creek. The setting is extraordinary, amid fields thick with mesquite, pecan, and live oak trees and carpeted with a dazzling array of wildflowers each spring. The loop is home to all manner of wildlife, with an abundance of white-tailed deer. Terrain: rolling hills with significant climbing on Texas 16. Road: the loop is a narrow country road that is lightly traveled except during the spring wildflower season, when it becomes very busy. Texas 16 has higher-speed traffic but ample land and shoulder space to accommodate bikes. RM 1323 is also lightly traveled. Road surfaces are generally well maintained, although portions of the Willow City Loop may be rough."
--Andy White, Best Bike Rides in Texas (The Globe Pequot Press).
Willow City Loop is a great view of the Texas Hill Country. Willow City Loop Road is a private road, therefore many (21) cattle guards and longhorns, but little traffic. We had no problems with the cattle guards on our Trek 1000s (thin road tires). Be warned, however, there is some climbing involved. We did the loop in a clock-wise direction, therefore starting in Willow City we did our downhill riding on Hwy 16 (wide shoulders) and uphill on Willow Loop. The last four miles on Willow Loop were uphill, but still it was a very good ride.
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