Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006
Three Twisted Sisters: #2 Top Rides in the US
This 100-mile loop is, without a doubt, among the best, most challenging motorcycle roads in the state. The route follows canyons and climbs jagged, steep hills; the roads offer many tight, twisty curves with shear drop offs alongside and not much in the way of guardrails. In one 15-mile section, there are approximately 65 curves! Experienced riders bliss out on this ride. Beginners are cautioned to focus on the road—even when a panoramic vista pops up along the way. Don’t forget to top off the gas tank before heading out.
While fun, these roads can also be dangerous. We team up with txdot.gov to raise motorcycle safety awareness.
Find Action on the Frio River
Action here focuses on the upper Frio River, flowing with clear, cold spring water through 100,000 acres of scenic beauty. The Frio River originates in northern Real County and, fed by springs and streams, tumbles over limestone rock to create waterfalls, rapids and pools on its way to Concan in Uvalde county. Along the banks are boulders, bluffs and grassy spots shaded by pecans, live oaks, sycamores and giant, centuries old, cypress trees.
Areas of Interest: Devil’s Sinkhole and Garner State Park
Discover Natural Beauty and tranquility
Residents of this Land of 1100 Springs are proud of the natural beauty of their area and encourage visitors to help preserve it. Numerous river camps and lodges from Leakey to Concan – in addition to Garner State Park – offer visitors a variety of accommodations and outdoor activities. Year-round activities include fishing, hunting, bird watching, camping, cycling, and driving the spectacular mountain roads. In the fall, see the pristine nature of the canyon filled with the turning foliage’s crimson and orange. Favorite summertime activities are swimming in and floating on the Frio River. Horseback ride anytime in these tranquil surroundings
Explore Charming Texas Hill Country
Leakey, the Real County seat, provides charming examples of early Texas Hill Country architecture: the hand cut, native stone structure of Real County Courthouse, First State Bank building and Leakey School, all on U.S. Highway 83. Markers at the courthouse commemorate the history of Leakey and its founders, John and Nancy Leakey, early settlers of Frio Canyon. Approximately six miles north of Leakey on Highway 336 a marker denotes the site of the McLauren Massacres, the last Indian massacre in the Southwest. Travel 7 miles south of Leakey on Highway 1120 to Rio Frio, the Canyon’s first settlement, to see the nation s largest Texas Live Oak tree and the Lombardy Irrigation Ditch dug by pioneers to water their crops. The Real County Historical Museum at Leakey displays authentic furnishings, tools and personal items used by the early settlers of this unique ranching and farming valley. Plan to stop by and see the new Chamber Office / Visitor Center located in downtown Leakey. Local folks will welcome you warmly.