In Texas, the county maintains the real back roads. In many ways, these roads are like the township roads of Wisconsin. They can be paved or unpaved and will take you to some really remote and scenic areas. The roads tend to be narrow and are enough for a single car to drive down.
This is Milam County Road 120.
I was actually surprised Google Maps picked up on this road and was accurate. I often run into issues with roads like this in other places.
I came across a wooden bridge and it was an instant blast from the past. I bet this bridge has been here for decades, if not closer to a century.
I’m not going to lie, a wooden bridge with no sides is a bit unnerving. I had remember the only car I encountered on this road was an SUV and they had went over the bridge. I figured if they could make, so could my Focus. I was thankfully right! As I drove past the bridge, the road got even narrower and turned from forest into farms and fields.
I then got on a farm-to-market road and eventually found another county road. This road was near a county church and was only paved for a little bit of time.
I turned around fast and found another county road. This road was paved and the best I had seen for county roads.
If you’re up for an adventure, the county roads in Texas are the place to go. You will get to see the countryside in its purest form that still allows you to drive your car. In some ways, you might want a truck to get around on these roads. The Focus made it fine on these roads, but I see a little rain or just a road that isn’t maintained well being quite a challenge. Then again, challenge accepted and I think I’ll make it a point to start heading down these roads more often!