Hill Country Road Trip

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

The sites covered on the map are of battles and massacres for the counties of Blanco, Burnet, Gillespie, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard and San Saba.
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The Hill Country is easily accessible from Austin or San Antonio (green routes) and can be entered from the north on the Texas Fort Trails (yellow routes) or on Hwy. 16 through San Saba. Lampasas is a beautiful river town with a nice selection of unique shops, museums, restaurants, and bed & breakfast whereas Fredericksburg has a huge selection of the latter plus Fort Martin Scott and Enchanted Rock to the north on Hwy. 965.

Menard's Fort McKavett, to the west, is considered the most beautiful fort on the Texas Fort Trails. The Mission and Presidio de San Saba on opposites sides of the town were historically pivotal in Spanish relations with the North American Indians. Fort Mason was the southern anchor of the line of forts built after Statehood and was relied on to protect Austin and some consider nearby Brady to be the barbeque capital of Texas.

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