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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!