hiking

The park currently offers the outdoor enthusiast access to primitive camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, paddling, birding and wildlife viewing, and guided tours of caves and waterfalls. The park has 26 miles of multi-use trails (hiking and mountain biking) and 4 miles of trail designated as hiking only. When river levels are normal (call for current conditions) paddlers can travel upstream as well as down to explore or access the park by river. When Lake Buchanan is near normal levels, the river is navigable from the park's boat ramp all the way to the lake, approximately 10 miles. In this area the river is characterized by slow moving water through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado, hazards include frequent low water levels and seasonal flood debris.

Low value if you are only doing the loop on foot (if that was the only thing you could do here I would have rated it lower). It is a decent 'warm up' lap for mountain bike riders as well as a central hub connecting to other trails.

This review is for the actual Spicewood Springs trail in Colorado Bend State Park. It was well worth coming back to the park to do this (these) trails. I would recommend starting at the Spicewood Canyon point and take that all the way to the end. Then loop back using the Spicewood Springs route. You will cross the water a few times and if the water is high...you might get your feet wet. Bring a spare pair of socks...maybe even a second pair of shoes. There is also an area to swim at the turn around point. Wish I brought some shorts and a towel.

Very hot if you go during the summer, the spring pool is amazing. I'm looking forward to going after it cools down so I can explore more.

Gorman Falls is absolutely beautiful.

The hike to the falls is s little bland at first, but hang in there... It gets better as you go. As you near the falls, the last 10 minutes or so gets very rocky, and there's a steep descent at the end. I saw people there with small children and dogs... I probably wouldn't take a child under the age of 7, and I didn't take my dog because I think he would have pulled me down the rocks! If your dog is a little calmer than mine, you'd probably be ok to take it.

hiking
2 months ago

added this onto the spicewood springs trail.Made for a nice way back to the starting point.

enjoyed the challenge of water crossings and very varied terrain.

hiking
4 months ago

Very fun trails. Started off at the main lot and walked along the river all the way to Gorman Falls. Gorman Falls are some of the coolest things I've ever seen. Walking back, we took the hill top trails, very nice scenery also. Spent about 6-8 hours at the park.

Awesome !

4 months ago

All trails are well marked. Dog friendly park with so many great views and swimming. We enjoyed swimming in the springs and could have spent the whole day just doing that! This park also allows for multi day backpacking trips easily a 2 day trip minimum!

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice...Lively Loop

Horrible! Took me to the middle of nowhere! Wasted an hour of my life just to drive to BFE!

trail running
5 months ago

Gorgeous waterfall but the trail was just so-so. We didn't feel that it was as maintained as many of the other National Parks we have visited. It was a great morning hike and we had a picnic lunch by the falls. Secluded and beautiful. If not for the falls we would have given it a two star.

trail running
5 months ago

Great area in Texas! Hikes several of the offshoot trails as well as Gorman Falls. Moderate trails throughout. Start early and beat the Texas heat. Great trail for Spring and Fall. Summer is not the best time to go!

backpacking
5 months ago

After a day hike to Gorman Falls and out into the primitive area for overnight camping, we enjoyed the trail along the river to find our next primitive camping spot. This was so much easier and the view quite different. A hike in the other direction along the river leads to a spring pool. Very refreshing on a hot day!