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The Scenic Devils Backbone Loop: The Most Haunted Stretch of Texas Highway

The Devils Backbone Scenic Drive

The Scenic Devils Backbone Loop is a must-see drive for those who seek an adventure into the mystique of Devil's Backbone, which is known as the most haunted stretch of Texas Highway. This loop is where the rugged allure of the Texas Hill Country intertwines with spine-tingling tales of the supernatural. Embarking from The Lazy Lavender Vacation Rentals in the charming town of Wimberley, our expedition will lead you through this beautiful scenic landscape steeped in history, myth, and awe-inspiring panoramas via a picturesque loop that connects Texas Farm Roads 12, 165, 2325, and 32 with U.S. Highway 281.

Stretching across approximately 51 miles, this route offers a journey of wonder that typically takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on your pace and how often you pause to capture photos or explore the surroundings. As you traverse the route across the Edwards Plateau, prepare to be spellbound by breathtaking vistas, including views of the 400-mile-long Balcones Fault, enhanced by the iconic rolling hills and meandering roads of the Texas Hill Country.

Revealing the Majesty of Devil's Backbone: A majestic panorama unfolds before you as you venture along. Sweeping green hills adorned with wildflowers in spring stretch as far as the eye can see, divided by a long, rocky spine known as Devil's Backbone. This iconic formation, once the backdrop for Western drama between settlers and Native Americans, now stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Texas frontier, inviting you to delve into its intriguing past.

The Haunting Legends of Devil's Backbone: Throughout the ages, Devil's Backbone has been shrouded in supernatural tales. Local ranchers speak of encountering the ghostly apparition of a Native American herding cattle across the Backbone, his spectral form blending seamlessly with the rugged landscape. Others have reported sightings of tormented Confederate soldiers on horseback, their thunderous gallop echoing through the rolling hills of the Hill Country.

Tips for Your Adventure:

  • Stop at Devil's Backbone Tavern for a beverage and excellent bar food and some tales about it's haunted history.

  • Prepare a picnic and indulge in the serene ambiance of Blanco State Park, renowned for its picturesque river setting.

  • Keep a lookout for spectral encounters and supernatural phenomena 😉

Direction from Wimberley:

  1. Take Farm Road 12 to Farm Road 2325. 

  2. Pass by Jacob's Well Road — view Jacob's Well natural area and the underwater cave.

  3. Farm Road 2325 turns into Farm Road 165. 

  4. Continue on to US-281 N, then Farm Road 32. 

  5. Stop at the Devil's Backbone Scenic Overlook for photos of the sprawling views below. 

  6. Farm Road 32 turns into Farm Road 12. 

  7. Farm Road 12 takes you back to Wimberley. 

Where to stay

After a day of exploration, retreat to The Lazy Lavender, the ideal accommodation for your scenic drive adventure. Its tranquil setting and convenient location offer the perfect base for your Wimberley getaway, allowing you to unwind in comfort after immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

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