The River Road: A Hill Country Motorcycle Ride

Riding the River Road in New Braunfels Texas

‘Not every ride needs to be long, and the River Road in New Braunfels, TX proves just that. This 15-mile, winding texas backroad along the blue-green waters of the Guadalupe River is a popular motorcycle ride in the Texas Hill Country.

Although a seemingly short ride, the speed limit is around 30 mph the entire route. You’ll have plenty of time to take in the sights and sounds along the way, including the turquoise waters of the Guadalupe, mountain goats, and other livestock that may roam in the ranch fields. Of course, we always recommend watching for wildlife if you choose to ride this area at dusk, there are plenty of deer in the area.


From food, drinks, camping, and swimming, there’s plenty to do in the New Braunfels area. Especially near the River Road.

Coopers BBQ
Coopers BBQ in New Braunfels, TX

A few of our favorite food spots include Coopers BBQ, El Nopalito, and Cantina Del Rio.

For cold drinks on a hot Texas summer day, the area is thriving with motorcycle friendly establishments. We recommend the Hoity Toit, Billy’s Ice House, & Koozies.

River Road Ice House is a fairly large venue that sits right at the corner of the River Road and the Hueco Springs Loop. The venue is more commonly known by the local motorcycle scene for hosting the Giddy Up Chopper show every Spring. On the weekends they’re open for business to the public. However at night, they usually charge a cover and/or have large music concerts hosted in the outdoor pavilion.

There’s multiple campgrounds along the river and plenty of places to stop off and swim if your heart desires. Fair warning….the water is a little chilly. It isn’t spring fed like it’s local neighbor, the Comal River, which is usually packed with tourists gettin’ their float on in the summer time. However, this portion of the Guadalupe feeds from the Canyon Lake Dam, who’s waters can get down into the 50’s. 


If you want to start your adventure on River Road: From Interstate 35, you’ll want to take the exit for highway 337 in New Braunfels. Head up to the Shell gas station that’s just north of the Guadalupe River and take a right. 

Want to end your ride in the New Braunfels area? We’d recommend taking the Devil’s Backbone (Ranch Road 12) to highway 306, and heading towards the Canyon Lake Dam via Access Rd.

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Staci Wilt

I’m Staci: a freelance journalist, photographer, and marketing consultant. I primarily focus those skills around my passions of motorcycles, travel, and food…and yes, we will count margaritas and craft beer in that last category. Thanks for checking out my blog!
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  1. Robert Baird on July 9, 2023 at 5:50 PM

    You inspired me to start ridding motorcycles. I have toured on bicycles from Alaska to Merida Mexico (in 2week increments, I do have a day job: ) and have a tent I have collectively spent 7+ months in. Three months ago I bought a used bike with 460 miles on it. I just got back from my second trip. A 6 day ride through Cloudcroft/Angel Fire/Cimeron/Pueblo and back to San Marcos. When I got home the bike rolled over 5,018 miles.

    Thank you and keep up the good work!

    • Staci Wilt on July 11, 2023 at 6:59 AM

      Love this!! Congrats on your bike purchase. May it bring you many miles of smiles. 🙂

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