Saturday, April 6, 2013
Willow City Loop
We've been hearing about the Willow City Loop for many years. It is 12 miles northeast of Fredericksburg and is tauted to be the hidden jewel of Gillespie County, Texas. The narrow road winds up, down and around green hills highlighted with wildflowers. I've seen wonderful pictures of large bluebonnet displays, Indian paintbrush and more and we did some wildflowers but we must not have been here at the right time. Since the drive is on ranch roads, there are numerous cattle guards, farm gates and low water crossing.
From there we went to the Old Tunnel State Park which is an abandoned railroad tunnel that is home to millions of Mexican free-tailed bats every May through October. It is located 10.5 miles south of Highway 290 on the Old San Antonio Road. The upper viewing deck is open nightly at no charge. We walked down to see the lower viewing area but we decided that we probably were here too early in the year to see many bats so we decided to head on back to the fifth wheel and call it a night.