Dallas Texas Central Plains Motorcycle Rides

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If you’re on a quest to discover the best motorcycle rides around Dallas, then you’ve come to the right place. Surrounded by an immense variety of different subregions and landscapes, the DFW area is a great launch point for unforgettable rides. In fact, a few of the Dallas area motorcycle rides we have created for you below will allow you to experience rolling plains, dense forests, and scrubby hill country all in one “sitting” atop your motorcycle. Navigating and exploring new routes is easy with REVER. Just download the app, select your route and hit the road!

Tips for Riding In Dallas And The Central Plains Of Texas

While the weather in Dallas and the Central Plains can be ideal for riding during the fall, winter and spring, be aware that temperatures can reach high levels during the summer. Plan accordingly by utilizing well-ventilated gear, adequately hydrating yourself well ahead of time, carrying some water with you, and avoiding riding during the hottest hours of the day. Severe thunderstorms can roll in at a moment’s notice, so be sure to check the weather forecast before heading out on your bike and if there’s a chance of rain make sure to pack some appropriate wet-weather gear.

Dallas, Texas To Hot Springs, Arkansas

Starting from Harley Davidson Dallas and terminating 380 miles later in Hot Springs, Arkansas, this tri-state route is ideal for the Dallas-based rider looking for a scenic weekend getaway on their motorcycle. Given the distance covered on this route, we recommend that novice riders build some seat time before taking on this ride in one go. If riding during the warmer months, be sure to stay well hydrated while riding this route and avoid riding during the hottest hours of the day if your schedule permits doing so.

Pulling out of the Harley Davidson Dallas parking lot, head northwest on 635 before turning north onto 75. You’ll spend the next 120 or so miles on this road, so settle in and enjoy the ride northbound towards the Texas-Oklahoma state line. After passing through Sherman, ride along the outskirts of Denison shortly before crossing the Red River, which is the second largest flowing body of water in the southern Great Plains. Once on Oklahoma soil, continue riding north through the changing landscape until you reach Stringtown, at which point you’ll head east on 43. Before long you will be riding along the shore of Sardis Lake. Head north on Hwy 1 through a series of switchbacks before passing Veterans Colony and Damon on Hwy 2. Once you reach the southern outskirts of Wilburton, head east on Craven Road for a ways before turning south onto a scenic and curvy stretch of Hwy 82 that will lead you into Talihina.

Riding east on Hwy 1 from Talihina will lead you through many miles of old growth within the Ouachita National Forest. Spanning the remote forest between the towns of Talihina and Mena, this stretch of road is known as the Talimena Scenic Drive. It curves along the highest ridges of the Winding Stair Mountains and boasts more than 20 scenic pull-offs from which you can appreciate the area’s grand views from. This section of the route also contains a number of twisting and winding turns that provide great opportunities for spirited riding. After crossing into Arkansas, the road descends from the ridgeline and gradually curves southeast into the town of Mena. If you’re hungry, take a break from the saddle and stop in at Skyline Cafe to enjoy some of the best homestyle food in Arkansas. After fueling up your bike in town, ride north on 71 before turning east onto 271 at Y City. Continuing east for roughly 50 miles will bring you just south of Lake Ouachita, which at well over 40,000 acres is the largest lake in the state of Arkansas.

If you’re staying in the Hot Springs area for a day or more and would like to take advantage of what the lake and its surrounding area has to offer, you can check out the Arkansas State Parks Website and explore your outdoor recreation options. From south of Lake Ouachita it’s only about a half-hour ride into your destination of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Continue east on 270 before turning north onto Blacksnake Rd, which will lead you directly into Hot Springs National Park itself. For more information and to plan your visit you can visit the Hot Springs National Park Website.

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Arkansas’ largest body of water, Lake Ouachita is a top destination for watersport enthusiasts, fishermen, and scuba divers.
Fall brings vibrant colors and cool temperatures to the hills of Arkansas, making it a prime season for motorcycling in the state.

Dallas To Austin Via Hill Country

Depart from Harley Davidson Dallas and travel southwest through changing landscapes that transition from North Texas Prairie to Central Texas Hill Country before reaching the capital city of Texas on this 6 hour touring adventure. This 303 mile route is one of the best motorcycle routes for Dallas motorcyclists who are wanting to head to Austin for a day or two of riding and exploring. Be aware that there is a section of this route that involves dirt/gravel roads. If your bike is unsuitable for these kinds of surfaces or if you are simply uncomfortable riding on them, don’t worry! You can easily bypass the dirt/gravel section and remain on pavement for the entire duration of the route.

From Harley Davidson Dallas, head south on 635 before turning west onto I-30. Passing the downtown Dallas skyline, hop on 35E and ride south towards Dallas Executive Airport. Once rolling southbound on 67, settle in for the roughly 70 mile ride to Glen Rose as you leave the city behind. Once known as the “Whiskey Woods Capital of Texas'' (due to the volume of moonshine that flowed out of Glen Rose during the prohibition era) Glen Rose was once a destination for Texans near and far who sought to benefit from the supposed healing powers possessed by mineral water that flowed out of the town’s natural springs. Although many of these springs stopped flowing long ago, you can still stop at the old town square for a drink from the mineral springs water fountain. While in town you can also visit the Dinosaur Tracks Texas State Historical Marker and marvel at one of the 100-million year old dinosaur tracks that were discovered just outside of town in the 1930’s. If you’re hungry, be sure to visit Hammond’s BBQ for some down-home brisket, ribs, and other Texas comfort foods.

Riding south from Glen Rose, follow the REVER App’s route line navigation through the countryside and watch the landscape continue to transition from the plains and woods of Northern Texas to the scrubby and rocky terrain of Texas Hill Country. After reaching Lampasas it’s only about a one-hour ride to the shores of Lake Buchanan (Note: this stretch of the route includes both gravel and dirt surfaces. If you wish to stay on paved roads, simply take 281 straight into Burnet before rejoining the original route). Riding southwest from Lampasas on FM 1478, the asphalt road surface will be replaced by dirt somewhere around Naruna as County Road 107 twists through the backcountry and towards the northeastern shore of Lake Buchanan. Turning onto RM 2341 will reunite your tires with pavement and point you southeast, through Silver Lake Village and onto Highway 29 which leads into Burnet. A town with roots dating back to a Texas Ranger station built in 1847, Burnet is home to a historic square that features buildings dating to the 1880’s as well as a number of shops and restaurants. If you’re in need of a bite to eat, you can’t go wrong with a stop at Bill’s Burgers Wings & Things for a hearty meal or a basket of their famous fried pickles.

Leaving Burnet, head south through Marble Falls before turning east onto RM 1431. The next 40 or so miles of curving road will be the most exciting of the route so far, but it is merely a taste of what is to come! The REVER app’s route line navigation will bring you to the outskirts of Cedar Park before connecting you with Lime Creek Rd... If you came to the Hill Country in search of the best motorcycle roads in Texas then you are in luck - Lime Creek Rd is certainly one of them! The next 10 miles of twists and bends are some of the most technical in all of Central Texas and provide the perfect opportunity to put all that rubber that holds your motorcycle to the ground to proper use (as always, be sure to ride within your personal limits). Maintain vigilance when rounding blind curves, as this road is frequented by cyclists and there may be some dirt and gravel on the road due to unpaved pullouts and crumbling limestone hillsides/cliffs.

Once you’ve gotten your thrills on Lime Creek Rd, the route splits away from Lake Travis and curves through the outskirts of Austin. Before long you’ll be rolling off the Mopac Expressway and onto Cesar Chavez St, the downtown Austin skyline standing to your left and the Colorado River to your right. Finally, turn on South Congress and ride across the river to the finish line of this route. Cap off your day of riding by stopping in at Revival Cycles to check out some custom bikes and quality riding gear, Alan’s Boots if you feel the need to update your western wear compendium, The Continental Club to enjoy a drink and some live music with your riding buddies, or any of the other many South Congress staples that await your discovery.

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Riding north on Congress Street will bring you directly to the Texas State Capitol Building, where you can tour the grounds on foot.
The Texas Hill Country boasts the greatest motorcycle roads in the entire Lone Star State.

Spanish Fort Loop

Depart just south of Celina and half-circle Lake Ray Roberts before meandering northwest to the town of Spanish Fort and back on this four hour route. The ride consists of a 200 mile loop that is ideal for a little casual exploring in the plains north of Dallas & Fort Worth. With your fuel tank topped off, take FM 455 northwest to the town of Pilot Point, where you can park out front Pilot Point Coffee House in the historic downtown area and enjoy a coffee and light breakfast before continuing your ride north. After crossing an eastern tributary of Lake Ray Roberts on 377, cruise through the town of Tioga and turn west on FM 922. Three bridges will precede your arrival in Mountain Springs and northbound turn onto 372. Depending on your bike’s range, you can gas up in Gainesville before riding west into the farmland and then north on 373.

The next 35 or so miles of road gently curve and wind through the plains lining the Red River, which forms the Texas-Oklahoma border. Following the REVER app’s guided navigation will land you in Spanish Fort, the northernmost point of this route. An old cowboy town where supplies could be obtained for long cattle drives across the plains, Spanish Fort (interestingly misnamed by settlers who mistook an old French Garrison for a Spanish fortification) is the site of the 1759 Battle of the Twin Villages. You can visit the historical monument at the Spanish Fort townsite to learn more about this conflict between the Spanish army and a force of Taovoya and Comanche Indians.

After poking around Spanish Fort, head back south on FM 677 and enjoy the curves and bends leading into Saint Jo. If stopping through on a Saturday or Sunday, be sure to check out the Stonewall Saloon Museum located in historic downtown square of Saint Jo. The Stonewall Saloon was built in 1873, it’s primary clientele being the rough-and-tumble cowboys passing through while driving cattle on the Chisholm Trail. In the center of the town square is a small park where you can rest in the shade out of the hot Texas sun, and if you’re hungry, definitely stop in at the Lazy Heart Grill for a bite to eat. Back on the road, continue south on FM 677 for a ways before turning onto FM 455, which will lead you southeast back to the shore of Lake Ray Roberts. After breaking away from the shoreline, follow the REVER app’s turn-by-turn navigation through the next series of turns before arriving back at your starting point in Celina.

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The Red River forms a scenic and winding border between the states of Texas and Oklahoma.
The buildings of Downtown Dallas form one of the most recognizable and iconic skylines in Texas.

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Dallas H-D: Dallas To Austin Via Hill Country

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

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Dallas H-D: Dallas To Austin Via Hill Country

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

Dallas H-D: Dallas To Hot Springs, AR, Via Talimena Scenic Byway

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

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Dallas H-D: Dallas To Hot Springs, AR, Via Talimena Scenic Byway

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

Spanish Fort North Texas

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

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Spanish Fort North Texas

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

Dallas H-D: Dallas To Austin Via Hill Country

This ride leaves from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Rd, Garland, TX 75041) and heads south into the Texas Hill Country around Austin. Once you get into the Hill Country, you'll ride through the best roads Texas has to offer. The road ends on South Congress in Austin, where you are sure to find good food and drink at the end of a long ride.

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Dallas H-D: Dallas To Hot Springs, AR, Via Talimena Scenic Byway

This route leaves Dallas Harley-Davidson and heads north into Oklahoma and along the Talimena National Scenic Byway and through some epic roads in the Ouachita National Forest before pulling into Hot Springs.

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Spanish Fort North Texas

Celina to Spanish Fort Loop. Nice places to stop are Gainesville (Starbucks), Muenster (food and gas), Spanish Fort (old hunters supply bldg). Check out the huge yard art south of St. Joe. St. Joe is also a good place to rest at the town square in the shade. A great place to eat is Bebo's in Aubry, just south of Pilot Point on 377.

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