Austin to Llano

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If you are looking for a back road trip up to the Llano area this is the ticket. ·Jump on 290 heading west out of Austin and then turn right onto 12 to head up to 3238. ·Before turning left onto 3238, you could grab some supplies at Bert and Ernie’s and then follow 3238 to Hamilton Pool for a morning swim if you have time. It is worth the diversion and the best time to be here is in the morning before it gets crowded, which also is the best time to look for water pixies. ·Take Hamilton Pool Road heading west past Westcave Preserve, where the roadway becomes 962. ·Stay on 962 for a few twists and turns and then take the right at the “T” staying on 962 (not the 962 spur) and then take the jog at Hwy 281 to get back onto 962 heading west. ·Follow 962 and turn left on 3347. ·Take 3347 and then turn right onto 309, which is where it gets interesting. ·This is a great example of the roads we love to encounter by chance – a dirt road with a cattleguard entrance that appears to head towards some hills. Always important to watch out for wandering livestock under these circumstances and if you come face to face with some cattle on the road it is best to slow the vehicle and then begin hooting and hollering and flailing your arms in an effort to convince the beasts to leave the road. Come to think of it, perhaps some other coping strategy will be more productive for you.·In any event, ranchers are not likely to engage in such abnormal behavior and your antics very well could persuade the great mammals to go on about their business. Don’t forget, honking the horn could result in the cattle approaching your ride because that usually is how ranchers alert the herd that bovine treats are on the way. That Pavlov guy was on to something. ·Followed 309 for several miles and turn left onto 315, where you really get the feeling that you are in the middle of nowhere, but we think the Clicks like it out here.·This dirt road has a couple of low water crossings at Sandy Creek and it is not advisable to take this route after recent rains. If there is water over the road you might see a warning sign at the intersection of 309 and 315. If the sign is up, it probably is a good idea to continue on 309 and just avoid 315. Even if there is not any water running over 315 at the stream, you might find out the hard way why it is called Sandy Creek if you try to cross when the ground is wet. If you are compelled to take this route shortly after it has rained it is best to get out and walk across the sandy areas before trying to drive to the other side if you have any doubt whether you will be able to cross. ·There is a pretty funny sign right before one of the crossings that warns of the potential for impending doom and disaster, and it is always a good idea to remember what the LCRA says when water is flowing over a roadway – turn around don’t drown. When we were there the last time it had not rained in a while so we were able to clear the low level creek with no concerns, but the crossings could certainly be problematic, to say the least, under wet conditions. ·You will encounter some superb scenery along this road as it takes you back out to State Hwy 16 near the Oxford Ranch Camp, south of Llano. Remember that roads such as these also can offer some calendar quality photo ops of wildflowers when in season. You might want to walk around the courthouse area downtown and explore the town that was founded in 1855 on the spring-fed Llano River. The entire downtown square is designated a National Historic District. Llano became the county seat in 1856 and is known as the “Deer Capital of the World” up around these parts.

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Austin to Llano

Austin, TX 78704
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