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This Texas state 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 natural area is a great place for hitting up the hiking trails, hopping on your mountain bike, going on a cave tour, seeing the Colorado River, or getting off the beaten path. There is also camping available. You can tent camp for $15-13 per night, bring an RV up to 30 feet, or hike in and camp for $10 per four people, per night.

hiking
6 days ago

So, we started on the Spicewood Canyon Trail, and wound around back on the Spicewood Springs Trail. The Canyon trail had great views, with some good inclines. Once we swung back on the Springs trail, we were in for a treat. Glad I had my trekking stick to help with the balancing on rocks while crossing river trails, the many awesome river trails. Great time. Definitely a moderate rating for this hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Super rocky so you def have to watch your step! I would say this is more like a medium-hard trail with great scenery (waterfall) at the end. But on the way there, there’s nothing but cactus, rocks, and some scorched burn spots.

hiking
11 days ago

cant believe we have this in Texas !! worth every step. hope everyone will go and see it.

The trail was slightly rocky, but an easy hike/trail run for myself and my miniature Schnauzer. If you bring your dog, there are stickers and needles on the trail, so I’d only recommend bringing short haired breeds. There was nothing of note to see on the trail, but it does connect to old Gorman trail if you’d like to get to the falls. There is a bench about mid way through to stop for a rest if you so need. No restrooms at this trail. No hydration stations. The summers can get extremely hot so bring 1 liter of water per person per hour you will be out. You may encounter wildlife, trail info warns of big cats and I heard wild boar. It was a decent however uneventful trail experience.

Slippery, steep rock near the end. The installed cables make it doable.

My favorite trail in the Park.

Good trail, especially lower portion. Took lemons Ridge to add distance, but that was pretty boring so don’t recommend it. Be aware that right now they’re doing controlled burns in the park so several other trails (including Gorman Falls) are closed. Will definitely do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice day hike. Bring some water with you. The river is a nice touch to the hike. Gives you a bit more scenery. You can also go for a walk in it in some spots where it is really low.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty easy trail. The Falls are worth it especially if you're a Central Texas Native. Not much of that around here. I've been to this park many times.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail. Not bad for an afternoon hike

hiking
3 months ago

It's a fairly long trail along the river. We took it from our campsite to the falls and back. Not much elevation until you get to the falls. Saw some armadillos too. Bring good shoes for moist environments, otherwise risk blisters!

hiking
3 months ago

Love this trail; have hiked it many times over the years. If you don't wear hiking shoes at least wear soles with good grips as sections are rock that can be steep and slick.

hiking
5 months ago

Lemons Ridge/River/Dogleg Canyon/Cedar Chopper Trails

Not a bad loop. Pretty uneventful and not too interesting. It would have been a lot more fun on a bike. Dogleg Canyon did have some decent views. (And also a lot of trash on trail. I filled my backpack with it!)

hiking
5 months ago

Tie Slide, Gorman Falls, Old Gorman Road, and Tinaja trails. Not a bad loop. The falls and park ranger house were the best things to see. (Gorman Springs is also a worthwhile trail. I just didn't do it this time)

Go early in the morning and bring plenty of water! you won't legally be allowed in the falls but the view is outstanding! I have seen many falls around the country big and small but this one is by far my favorite. there is just something so magical about this fall. It looks like it needs to be in a movie. I recommend tennis shoes and water and do it early or at dusk. it took approximately 2 hours round trip and that's with a rest at the falls. I do not recommend you doing this if you are not in good health or struggle with balance because the rocks down the falls are extremely slippery (not wet but they are bare rocks with no texture). my 7 year old did good hiking, this was her first hike, but we went early. just be prepared for a beautiful reward at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

Waterfall is beautiful. The rest of the trail is mostly without shade and very very hot, bring plenty of water and a good hat.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun to explore, always something new just around the corner. Can get very crowded.

hiking
6 months ago

The family had a blast, hiking to the falls with a short detour to the river overlook. The only word of caution I can give is be careful on the slippery rocks heading down to the falls itself.

My family and I went hiking this past Saturday and had a BLAST! The trails were well maintained - easy to moderate, and just beautiful. The walk down to the falls is a bit slippery so do please make sure you wear the right shoes and hold on to the ropes provided. We saw many in-experienced hikers slip. There is only one restroom in the parking lot and it smells TERRIBLE. There also wasn't any toilet paper...so, prepare yourself. We took many memorable pictures and will most likely come back to ride bikes/kayak the CO River.

TIP: Bring yourself a cooler for the car (keep shaded) with ice and many water bottles for when you're finished. Snacks are a good option to bring with! They don't call it trail mix for nothing! We also had Camelpacks and I don't know what I would have done with out them. It's hot - and those were great to have.

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