In an area as scenic as the Texas Hill Country, you’ll want to cover as much ground as possible. A great way to achieve this is by going on a scenic drive on the Devil’s Backbone. Not only is the Devil’s Backbone a famous route, but it also passes by many landmark attractions of the Texas Hill Country. It is an excellent way to spend an hour or the better part of the day, depending on if you stop or not. Take a look below to discover how to best experience Texas’ Devil’s Backbone!
Follow the Devil’s Backbone
The Devil’s Backbone is a limestone ridge running through the Texas Hill Country, home to a beautiful scenic drive. The loop comprises stretches of Texas Farm Roads 12, 165, 2325, and 32 as well as U.S. Highway 281. The circuitous route runs between Wimberley and Blanco as it meanders through the gorgeous Texas Hill Country.
Starting from Wimberley, take Farm Road 12 to Farm Road 2325. After driving for a short while, you’ll pass by Jacob’s Well Road on the right—the first short detour you can take that leads you to a major area attraction, Jacob’s Well.
As you continue on Farm Road 2325, the native Texan trees that line the Devil’s Backbone periodically give way to sweeping views of the surrounding countryside with the wide open sky above. The landscape stretches away on either side of the road, filled with the distinctively beautiful features characteristic of this region. Rugged terrain populated with hills, exposed rock, and desert vegetation like cacti, juniper, and Texas live oak dot the countryside. If you visit in the springtime, colorful blooms of wildflowers will render the landscape truly stunning.
Eventually, Farm Road 2325 leads to Farm Road 165. Make a left, and continue on until you reach the outskirts of Blanco. You can decide to get out of the car and spend some time at Blanco State Park, or you can continue on your route by taking US-281 N to Farm Road 32.
Travel along Farm Road 32 for a while, and about three-quarters of the way, you’ll reach a stretch that offers many attractions. Make a detour on Farm Road 3424 to head toward Canyon Lake, which is one of the deepest lakes in Texas.
The Devil’s Backbone Scenic Overlook is just past the Canyon Lake detour and gives you the opportunity to stop and take in the picturesque views. If you brought a picnic with you, this is a good spot to enjoy it! Or, you could stop by the Devil’s Backbone Tavern to grab a drink.
Continue on Farm Road 32, and you’ll soon have the opportunity to experience a bit of lore.
Accounts of several different ghost sightings from travelers have led to rumors that the Devil’s Backbone is haunted—in particular, Purgatory Road. This spooky road will be on the right after passing the Devil’s Backbone Tavern. There are stories claiming sightings of all kinds of apparations—Spanish monks, Native Americans, Confederate soldiers—so keep your eyes peeled if you are the adventurous type. Otherwise, stick to driving the route during the daytime!
Follow Farm Road 32 until it connects with Farm Road 12, which will take you back to the sleepy, picturesque town of Wimberley, where there is plenty more to discover.
Relax at the Blair House Inn
Discover a beautiful oasis tucked away in the Texas Hill Country when you stay at the Blair House Inn. No matter what kind of experience you are looking for, you will find it here. You won’t be far if you want to explore the Texas Hill Country, and Wimberley boasts several attractions itself, including Blue Hole Regional Park and the Jade Gardens.
If you’re looking to escape and recharge, the Blair House Inn offers the perfect lodgings for you. From our luxurious onsite spa to the serene natural surroundings, every aspect of your stay will invite you to unwind. Our elegant accommodations combine the height of modern comfort with quiet sophistication to create an experience that will leave you feeling like royalty. Soft linens, fresh flowers, and gourmet chocolates are just some of the fine touches you’ll enjoy during your stay. Some accommodations even have romantic fireplaces, spacious Whirlpool tubs, and private sitting rooms.
This is just a glimpse into what you will discover at the Blair House Inn—you don’t want to miss out on our Cooking School, Art Gallery, gourmet breakfasts, events like our Vintner Dinner Series, or any of our other fantastic amenities.