If you love fun, scenic roads, then the Twisted Sisters is definitely a ride for the bucket list. Often touted as the best riding in the state of Texas, this trio, also known as “the Three Sisters” or Farm to Market (FM) roads 335, 336, and 337, will reward you with an exhilarating ride and stunning vistas for your efforts. Located in the heart of Hill Country in an inverted mountain range, this area features a system of large hills and canyons that were developed over time from small streams slicing through gaps in the desert. The result: a tranquil and beautiful landscape amongst steep, craggy hills, and lazy rivers.
From Kerrville, you’ll take 16 to Medina, where the first of the sisters, 337, leads you on a winding path to Leakey. You’ll have the option to stay on 337 or turn right for a brief jaunt on U.S. 83, which will introduce you to the second sister, 336. Route 41 connects 336 to the third sister, 335. This sister will spiral you southward to Camp Wood, where you’ll experience a welcomed family reunion with 337 that will return you to the starting point.
Roads are typically in good condition overall but expect sharp turns and watch for loose gravel. While traffic is light, deer and other wildlife are known to dart across your path, so stay alert. It’s also recommended to gas up in Medina or Leakey, as options for fuel are few and far between in the area. Spring and early fall make for the most optimal riding times, as the weather is milder and flowers are in bloom. Flowers are especially beautiful in mid-April, when Bluebonnets grace the Texas landscape.
Whichever sister you choose to meet first, you’ll be treated to twisties galore and stunning views!
Points of Interest
Situated in the heart of Hill Country, this museum features an impressive collection of motorcycles from around the world, dating back as far as 1910, including a 1954 AJS 7R. While you’re there you can even enjoy some ice cream. The museum is open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. starting in March through November. Admissions: adults $7, 65 and over $6, and children under 15 are free. Discounts are available for military and groups.
Known for its glorious display of color in the fall, this natural area also offers beautiful wildflowers and scenic views of canyons and the Sabinal River. There are more than 10 miles of hiking trails and 30 campsites equipped with electricity and water, as well as six primitive campsites for those who enjoy backpacking. Other popular activities include stargazing, fishing, and bird watching. Keep in mind there is no cell service available.
Located in Leakey, TX, this popular stop is known as the Twisted Sisters headquarters and features “Three Twisted Sisters” apparel and merchandise, which updates seasonally. While you’re here, you can also check out their Bent Rim Grill and enjoy a delicious burger—which many claim is one of the best burgers you’ll ever eat. They’re open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This 1,860-acre natural area is a wild and mostly undeveloped part of the Edwards Plateau. The National Natural Landmark, the Devil’s Sinkhole, is a huge vertical cavern that is home to one of Texas’ largest Mexican free-tailed bat colonies. Bat emergence and return tours are offered, and during late spring through early fall more than three million bats can be seen flooding out of the cavern into the night sky. Day tours are also available to view the sinkhole from a viewing platform that allows visitors to see into the depths of this natural wonder.
This architectural work of art is located just west of Kerrville, TX, and is almost an exact replica of the original Stonehenge crafted by the Neolithic people in England. Stonehenge II was created by Al Shepperd and Dough Hill, and its first home was in Hunt, until it found its new home with the Hill Country Arts Foundation in 2012.