Red Caboose Winery

Clifton, Cranfills Gap & Meridian Driving Tour

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Autumn drive through Hill & Bosque counties

  • Start your Bosque County driving tour at the intersection of FM 933 and State Highway 22 in Whitney. At the light, head west on SH 22 and travel just under 12 miles.

  • Turn left (west) onto FM 219, towards Clifton. Drive the rolling hills here at the top of the Texas Hill Country. Keep your eyes open for longhorn cattle and goat farms along this stretch of your drive. Stay on this road for 9 1/2 miles.
  • Cliftex Theatre
  • Shortly after crossing the Bosque River, FM 219 becomes 5th St, in the town of Clifton. Park near the intersection of 5th St and Avenue D and stroll through the many art galleries and antique malls in town, or get a bite to eat at the bakery in town. Just ahead on the left side of 5th St, take a look at the Cliftex Theatre, Texas' oldest continually operating theatre.
  • Clifton Classic Chassis Auto Museum Cadillac fins
  • Just a block or so further on the left of 5th St is the Classic Chassis Auto Museum, open weekends. The museum features cars from the 1940's through the 1970's including Corvettes, Buicks, Pontiacs, and Chryslers, along with other memorabilia from the era such as radios and televisions.
  • Continue on FM 219 (5th St) in the same direction you had been heading. Turn left onto State Highway 6 (Avenue G) for 1/2 mile to the Red Caboose Winery tasting room.
  • Bosque Museum log cabin
  • Backtrack on Highway 6 back to the light at FM 219 (5th St) and SH 6 (Avenue G). Turn left onto 5th St. Then turn left onto Avenue Q at the "Museum" sign. The Bosque Museum will be on your right in one block. It features an archeological exhibit, as well as Norwegian and pioneer artifacts.

  • Head back on Avenue Q towards the direction you came from. Turn left onto 5th St (FM 219) and travel just over 6 miles.
  • Telescope at the Meyer Observatory
  • The Meyer Observatory is 4.4 miles south on FM 182. There is little to see during the day, but they offer monthly open houses in the evening.

  • Skip the Meyer Observatory if you are driving this tour during the day, and turn right (north) off of FM 219 onto FM 182. Travel 2 1/2 miles. The road will bear left, and become CR 4145. Continue for 6 1/2 miles.
  • Rock Church exterior
  • Turn right into the parking lot for the Old Rock Church. It was built from native stone in 1886 by Norwegian settlers, and is still used for Saturday services.
  • Continue west on CR 4145 for about 3 miles. At the stop sign, turn left onto SH 22 to the town of Cranfills Gap, then right onto FM 219 to the Horny Toad Bar & Grill at 319 N 3rd St. Food and beverages are served at this establishment that bills itself as the "next Luckenbach".
  • Bosque County Courthouse
  • Backtrack on N 3rd St to SH 22. Turn left onto SH 22 and travel 14 miles to the light at SH 6. Cross SH 6 and continue on SH 22 into the town of Meridian and the Bosque County Courthouse. The fourth courthouse for Bosque County, Texas, this structure was built in 1886, and restored in 2007.
  • Continue straight on SH 22 (Morgan St) for 0.3 miles. SH 22 will make a right turn, but you should continue straight. The road will become FM 2840. Travel 3.2 miles past where SH 22 turned off.
  • Red Caboose Winery barrels
  • At the small sign for the Red Caboose Winery, turn right onto CR 1110. Travel 1.2 miles until you see another sign for the Red Caboose Winery. Turn right into their driveway. Tours, tasting room, production facility, and vineyards can all be enjoyed at this facility designed with sustainability in mind.
  • Backtrack on CR 1110 in the direction you came from. Turn left onto FM 2840. Travel 3.2 miles. Turn left on SH 22. Travel 24 1/2 miles back to Whitney.

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