3 days, 2 nights backpacking trip. This was a trial run for something more epic like Big Bend. The trail is pretty well maintained and lots of kudos to those who helped make a 27 mile trail. The one gripe I have is actually at most of the big parks. Look up ahead of time satellite views of trail heads' entrance/exit points at Cedar Breaks, Tejas, Russel Park, and especially Jim Hogg Park. As you get close you might come across forks and there is no signage telling which path to take to stay on the Goodwater loop. Also, there were more residential areas viewable from the trail than I expected which sometimes took away from the allure of being outdoors. But don't let that undermine how fun this was. I did it with my son, 14, and a friend who was a year or two younger. I had 50 lb backpack, son had 30 lb, and friend had 20 lb. Started at Cedar Breaks, 11 miles to Camp Tejas and camped overnight. 6 miles to Russel Park and camped out. Then 11 miles back to Cedar Breaks. I would recommend high ankle hiking shoes with good padding due to lots of rocks that roll ankles and/or press on the bottom of your feet. Russel Park was my favorite because you hike in and out up high on the cliffs in the cedars overlooking the lake and the campsite is similar scenery. I don't know if I would hike the whole loop again, but I would base camp at Russel Park and day hike in both directions from there if/when I go back. It's nice that you can pick up fresh water at the major parks along the way too so you don't have to ration too much if you have a good sized water bladder. I would not want to do this in the summer due to some of the more open areas in and out of Camp Tejas without shade. However, I could see where Camp Tejas in the summer would be nice and hiking out a mile or two and floating the river since it's nice and pretty around that area and more small river-like than lake-like around Camp Tejas.
Trails are easy if you're paying attention. Went during the middle of the day on a Saturday and not much traffic. Saw one deer. Nice waterfalls and beautiful longhorns 3 miles in from the Cedar Breaks Park Trailhead. Would be nicer if they picked up the trash at the trashcan.
Leisha R. on Good Water Loop
Great quiet trail for regular hikes near Georgetown, TX. Nice water views and some rocky terrain, but not difficult.
Nice trail, not too packed and dog friendly. There are ample water sources since the trail goes through or by every campground. The trail can be a bit poorly marked in places but navigable nonetheless. No permits needed, though available maps all suck so I suggest using Alltrails maps to help out (download or print). Started at Tejas and hiked south side first, that was the only way we figured possible without paying for camp reservations...Easy hiking
Love this trail! My dog and I went in the middle of the day, completely quiet for a good couple hours. Be careful when it has rained, it can get really slippery! About a mile down the trail where you hit the water is a perfect place to stop and relax and enjoy the water, which my dog definitely did!
We hiked from Cedar Breaks trailhead to the cedar hollow campsite (about 9 miles round trip). It was an enjoyable hike with some elevation changes and views of the water. This is a medium hike and I would recommend hiking boots because there are a lot of rocks and a little shower can make it very slick. Will definitely come back.
Christian R. on Good Water Loop
Great trail, beautiful scenery!! I know it's rated as hard but honestly any skill level it's fine. The only thing would be is that it is a very long trail so if you're planning on tackle in it be there really early.
This was our first trip here!!! It was a Tuesday morning. It was just me and my wife the whole time. Quiet no traffic noise what so ever. The lake is breathtaking and the scenery is second to none. A little rocky and un-even in certain parts. Wouldn't be the greatest for toddlers as far as hiking goes. However, I will be back to camp and fish with the whole family.
This was our standard "go-to" backpacking training area when I was a Scoutmaster. Great for both older and younger Scouts as you can do it in segments to customize a trek without having to do the entire loop. The difficulty level ranges from easy to moderate with plenty of places to insert or exfil along the way. The overall distance is great for building up backpacking endurance. Rain adds a totally new dimension to the difficulty level as many of the more challenging segments are somewhat rocky. There are a number of campsites along the way.
It's a long trail and has some beautiful places on it. My dogs have flushed out some wild hogs in the past. Seen quite a bit of wildlife along the way. I don't like how closed in it has become by the city of Georgetown, therefore will not backpack there. Creepy to be backpacking where there's a neighborhood not far behind the bushes. Of course, not all of the backpacking camps are that close to roads, but too close for my comfort.