Float the Grinders (43 miles, Gravel)

Austin County, TX, US

Route Overview

Gravel Club

Gravel roads that seemingly have no end and off the beaten path exploration of the Houston Region

43 mi.
1,799 ft.

This gravel route connecting New Ulm, Fayetteville, and Ellinger has two water crossings of Cummin's Creek and a stop at famous Hruska's for the national pastry of Texas: kolaches. The area is steeped in local German and Czech immigrant history.

Please check stream flow conditions prior to attempting this ride. The Redgate Creek USGS gauge near Columbus should have similar conditions.


Discharge and gauge height should be median or less for safe crossing. Do not attempt to cross during high or rising discharge or height periods. During normal conditions, the crossings are ride-able or walk-able.

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