The loop we’re sharing here is just a bit over 100 miles (160 km), but if you’re taking your time and spending some time in the backcountry, it can certainly be a 2+ day adventure. Heading north on highway 71, you’ll head into Llano, TX and change to TX-29 toward Mason, TX.
Mason is a small town that retains the charm seen all over Texas a generation back. There are local stores, historical sites and places to buy supplies and fuel one last time before you camp or head off the paved roads. You can camp in and near Mason if you’re making a longer trip. Two recommended spots are:
Dos Rios RV Park in Mason, TX
Dos Rios can accommodate large groups if you book in advance. They offer power, water, bathroom facilities and river access.
Leifeste Campground in Art, TX
This is another off-the-beaten-path camping option with river access and options for large groups. Make sure to call in advance to reserve your spot.
From Mason, TX, you’re on back roads for 25 miles enjoying the hills and streams along the way until you reach another small town to pause at: Doss, TX. Doss is an unincorporated area south of the Llano river in the heart of Gillespie County’s ranching country. Keep an eye out for longhorn cattle, but make sure you’re staying on public roads, as areas off the road are likely to be private land.