Take Hwy 4 north out of Granbury to the town of Lipan, turn left onto FM 1189, continue to FM 1188 west to Hwy 108, turn right & head north to Strawn.
In Strawn turn right onto Hwy 16 north, then left onto FM 207 west. Turn left onto FM 576 west and continue to Hwy 183, which combines with FM 576 for a short while, stay on FM 576 which turns left off of Hwy 183.
Continue through the town of Eolian and you will see the turn off to Albany - FM 601 north. Take FM 601 into Albany.
Around 170 miles total.
From the DFW area, the Hill Country is not as far as you think. Well kind of. You can experience a Hill Country kind of ride just south and west of Fort Worth. Head out to Granbury where we will start the ride and finish up in Albany. Yes, Albany, Texas not New York:
Directions: Take Hwy 4 north out of Granbury to the town of Lipan turn left onto FM 1189 continue to FM 1188 west to Hwy 108 turn right & head north to Strawn. In Strawn turn right onto Hwy 16 north then left onto FM 207 west. Turn left onto FM 576 west and continue to Hwy 183 which combines with FM 576 for a short while, stay on FM 576 which turns left off of Hwy 183. Continue through the town of Eolian and you will see the turn off to Albany - FM 601 north. Take FM 601 into Albany. Around 170 miles total.
Sites and Scenery:
Granbury is a wonderful small Texas town full of history located on the shores of Lake Granbury and the Brazos River. Did you know Jesse James is buried in Granbury. It is believed, with much dispute, that James was shot and killed by a member of his own gang in 1882, but local lore says James loved Granbury and returned here when he was 107 years old to live with his grandson. The Granbury Opera House, dating to the early 1880’s, is a sight to be seen. From coffee shops to wineries, Granbury is a true gem to ride to and visit.
FM 4 going thru Lipan and along FM 1189 to FM 1188 is small town Texas. Lipan has 1 gas station with food. Since the next gas and restroom facilities are on Hwy 108 at I-20, make sure to fill up and use the facilities because there is not much on FM’s 207, 576, and 601 until you get to Albany. Once you turn north on Hwy 108 the scenery just keeps getting better, long vista views from the tops of a hillside roadway north on Hwy 108 to another quaint small Texas town, Strawn, where you will pick up Hwy 16 north for just a short distance until you turn left onto FM 207. Wonderful scenery & an old fashioned 1 lane steel bridge are just ahead. Strawn is well known by just about all bikers in north Texas. Mary’s Cafe has great Food! Early morning or dusk will let you see all the white tail deer your eyes can handle. Always be on the lookout for deer! If it’s the right time of year, you will pass peach orchards and fields of black-eyed Susan peas. Next you will turn left onto FM 576 at the town of Necessity, the views of large hills all around continues and gets better each time. For a very short time you will be on Hwy 183 north before continuing on FM 576 west through the town of Eolian. Then look for the turn north on FM 601, this will take you the rest of the way into Albany.
Albany, Texas is the oldest town in the Northwest Frontier. This town runs true to its roots. Good food, friendly people, a terrifically restored Main Street, Fort Griffin historical site, museums and more. Albany has a wonderful square and courthouse, a very quaint atmosphere, several shops and restaurants too. The Beehive is the place to eat, known for their Steaks, burgers & chicken fried steak. A friendly and beautiful place to ride.
Think you have to ride South for hours to see the Hill Country, think again!
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