Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive

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Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive

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L H
San Antonio, TX2,382 contributions
Being a native Texan I have never driven on this stretch of road but have heard it mentioned many times.
While visiting in Wimberley I went from the square on Hwy. 12 towards San Marcos and then several miles out I saw the sign for Hwy. 32 and decided to take it to cut across to Hwy. 281.
This stretch is approximately 30 miles and a two lane road with many windy twists.
There are some lovely views but if you are driving you definitely want to keep you eyes on the road as large trucks also use this cut through and the road is narrow with very little shoulder.
There is an area to pull off that has picnic tables and a beautiful view of the land.
I also noticed several roads going off of this highway towards Canyon Lake and other locals.
Then once at Hwy. 281 there is a stop sign and flashing red light, not a complete signal light so you have to yield to the very busy traffic on 281.
You can go to the middle where there is a yield sign and best to yield because there is a slight crest and it is tricky to see oncoming traffic well.
But is was a nice adventure and didn't have to drive through Blanco coming back from Wimberley.
Written May 8, 2020
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Connie C
Dallas, TX731 contributions
Couples
As a passenger I could see the valleys and scenery. The picnic turnout area doesn’t have good views at all and the fence does have a lot of “stuff” put on it, more like graffiti to me. Not worth an effort to drive it, we did it from Canyon Lake to Wimberley by chance.
Written April 14, 2022
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Ford
Austin, TX259 contributions
Family
Wow this was a really cool drive. It went by really fast! Views from either side of the road of the rolling hill country and steep drop offs. It’s hard to pay attention, so take a moment to soak it in at the picnic area
Written June 20, 2020
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Fietsen1
San Antonio, TX470 contributions
My wife and I have taken many roadtrips in this beautiful country of ours. We read wonderful things about the Devil's Backbone scenic drive so we decided to try it out. Such a bloody waste of time it was. There was no difference between driving that versus any other country or farm-to-market road here in the Hill Country. The drive on 281 from San Antonio to the beginning of this route was more scenic than this. If you want to see a lot of hostile drivers, obnoxious Trump signs and whole lot of nothing else, feel free to waste your time on this drive.
Written October 3, 2021
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK872 contributions
Couples
The interesting named Devil’s Backbone is a short beautiful stretch of twisting highway running a loop between historic old town Wimberley around Canyon Lake to Blanco. The Texas hill country road provides visiting travellers fantastic views from its steep elevations and gives a sense of the old wild west. The road is reported to be haunted with many sightings of native Americans, ranchers and even confederate soldiers. There are stopping points along the route with tabled bench seated picnic areas but beware of any ghostly figures sitting down beside you!
Written March 16, 2018
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Bruce H
Cincinnati, OH26 contributions
Hill country, Texas, has hills, not mountains. Big vistas that are interesting, though do not expect something from Colorado. The actual part of the road that is the backbone is pretty short. We were expecting miles of curves and vistas. Left us thinking "is that all there is?". We were disappointed.
Written July 9, 2018
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Greg P
Palmer, Texas82 contributions
Couples
One of the highlights of our stay in Wimberley was the side trip to the Devil's Backbone. This is a terrific drive starting just south of Wimberley and heading north to Blanco. Just wish I hadn't been driving. The views are truly magnificent, and you won't get a better look at Texas Hill Country.
I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to see the real Hill Country.
If you need to stop, there is one picnic area you can pull into, but the view from this location is at best average compared to the rest of the drive.
If you want to eat in Blanco, try the RedBird Cafe on the square. Food was very good and the portions are big!
Written October 14, 2014
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Lisa W
New Braunfels, Texas, United States92 contributions
Family
I live in the Hill Country, so I know that the Devil's Backbone area is a hotspot for vehicular accidents, and Purgatory Road is winding and narrow. It's fine during the daylight, though the driver really can't enjoy the somewhat scenic views because s/he has to pay close attention to the road, and it's pretty scary at night, when you're hoping that those people coming toward you aren't drunk tourists from off the river that are going to swerve into your lane and wipe out your family. In my opinion, there are prettier, far less dangerous routes for scenic drives.
Written June 23, 2019
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OmniEpicurean
San Antonio, TX2,102 contributions
Couples
A nice drive along some rough country with scenic overlooks of deep gorges and views of distant hills. Easy to imagine the Indians, cavalry, Catholic priest and even confederate soldiers that were here traversing this rugged land and becoming legends and ghost stories now told by locals.

Enjoy the scenery from one of the roadside parks or stop in at Riley's, which is a bit of a biker place for an adult beverage or Devil's Backbone Tavern to hear the owner tell you about the resident ghost.

Anyone with any interest in south Texas topography with enjoy this drive along FM 32.
Written July 12, 2014
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Catma27
Morse, LA111 contributions
Couples
Well, we weren’t impressed! But, loving to take backroads we turned off ! Took a right onto 3424 and followed it to 306 then turned left onto S access road and went straight on over to River Rd and boy did we enjoy that beautiful drive along the river!!! Now that was worth the trip !!! We ended up in Gruene .... we drove through old town and there was something fun going On because people were everywhere!!! We went back to 306 and took a left and followed it to Purgatory road (right) then at 32 we turned left and went to Mail Rte Road on the right. ( opposite direction of 3424) What a great drive that was. We passed the John Knox Ranch and crossed the single lane road with the Blanco river running right over it ! You can only pass if it’s been dry ! If it’s been raining flooding occurs . We followed this all the way into Wimberley and that’s how we found Creekside Bar B Que! My husband is still talking about our backroad journeys !!!
Written February 23, 2020
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