Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Colorado Bend State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Gorgeous views, decent incline. Good overall workout.

hiking
27 days ago

Gorman Falls is pretty amazing. Most don’t picture lush green vegetation when you think of Texas.

I’d recommend going early in the morning (say, before 10am) because the light cuts through the trees and hits the blue/green travertine deposits just right.

hiking
1 month ago

falls were beautiful!! the trails were just rock and cactus.

hiking
1 month ago

It was really great, especially with my dog. There are quite a bit of rocky areas, but the trail is marked well. There is a severe drought right now, however, which made the river very, very low. The areas that were supposed to be river crossings were very shallow, and only one of the springs were active. Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves.

Nice trail, very very little shade until you reach the falls. If you have Sprint you won’t have service at the bottom. When I got to the visitor center I didn’t have service there either. Nice hike, pretty views at the falls and of the Colorado River!

Nice hike, marked very well: I would agree it is a perfect hike on a hot day! Pretty views! If you have Sprint for cell phone service you will not have service on this trail!

I would rate this 4 stars as a trail but 5 for the overall experience. As others have said, the trail itself is rocky and often devoid of shade. But it's a short hike to the falls, which are absolutely worth a visit. Just bring lots of water and wear a hat during the summer, and you'll be fine.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail took the dog and the kids and all did great. We lucked out and arrived after a thunderstorm so temps were down. Rangers put out several water coolers along the trail which made things that much easier. Final descent down the rock portion was made easy with the railing but it can definitely get slick when rocks are wet. Overall a great hidden gem in central Texas!

We went durning spring break, it was nice weather!
10, 12,13 and 15 year old all loved it!
I loved the changes between the scrub oak trees to the rocks.
Once you get to the canyon it’s fun to explore around!
I think it would be neat to come up through the river trail as well.
Relaxing hike with a cool canyon!

This trail is awesome!!
Especially on a hot summer day as you end up in pools of spring water to swim in!
Not sure why it’s rated as moderate? It’s a easy dirt road walk amongst the trees.
We all loved loved this one!!
10,12,14,15 and 40 something parents

I can see this being rated moderate, especially in summer. It’s exposed to the sun most of the hike with rocks to navigate. The decent down to the falls is steep but the wire guidelines really help. We had no trouble by being prepared w a lot of water, the right shoes, hats and snacks.
We hung out a while enjoyed the amazing oasis in the desert!!! We cooled off in a smaller water fall and swam in the Colorado river.
I loved this hike and so did my family.
10,12,14,16 and 47.
Went in Aug it was 104, we started at 7:30!
It is amazing!!!

beautiful hike natural springs pools for kids dog friendly!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Just be sure you’re prepared and take water and wear appropriate shoes! Right before you get to the waterfall you have to hold on to a wire because the rocks are slippery going down.

hiking
3 months ago

BREATHTAKING. Definitely took some work to get there and I was very glad for my hiking boots, between the many many rocks on the way and the very significant slope at the end right. Worth it, though, because the falls really are one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. We have hiked it twice and this latest time the waterfall area has washed out a bit but still beautiful and well worth the hike to get there. Hopefully this area will stay preserved for many years to come.

Beautiful trail with one challenging area.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful Waterfalls! We hiked to Gorman Falls via the Cedar Chopper trailhead and loop and connected to Gorman Falls with the Old Gorman Road. Great views of the surrounding hills and lots of wildflowers. Getting down the last few feet to the Falls can be really tricky even though the cables help. Well worth the effort!

hiking
4 months ago

The falls at the end of this trail are truly, genuinely breathtaking. That said, heads up, I can see why the park guide rates this as "challenging". The trail is quite rocky and about half of it is in full sun (though it's lovely blooming meadows if you're there in spring), and there's a big descent at the end. I was glad to have my hiking boots! But it's worth it in the end, if you can get there, and the Tie Slide trail to the river overlook next to it gives you a little bit of a loop on your way back.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a very easy walk, but beautiful! It was worth the walk! Perfect for kids of all ages.

camping
5 months ago

We loved this trail. It was very rocky, with a few, somewhat, steep slopes. Especially at the end by the falls. There’s a picnic table with a lovely view of the falls on one side and the river on the other. Great place to eat lunch.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail if you're in the mood for a quick there and back hike. Took a little under 2 hours roundtrip. A little rocky along the way and very slippery going down to the falls. Definitely worth a couple hours of your life for the views of the waterfall. Beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail seems to be one of the most used trails in the park. Right as you get to the falls the trail is steep and would be very slippery if it was wet. If you have younger children you might have to end up carrying them. The falls aren’t as impressive as I would have liked. Bring plenty of water!

Very rocky trail, but worth the view of Gorman Falls at the end!! Would definitely go back.

hiking
6 months ago

This was my first time to this park. The hike was full of beautiful views, from small waterfalls, to gorgeous views overlooking the stream below. it was well worth the 2.5 hour drive.

Great hike with plenty of variety in scenery. It was early February so fairly cool weather. There is quite a bit of shade.

hiking
7 months ago

The River Trail is an easy traipse along the river. Uneventful but the river is a nice companion.

hiking
7 months ago

Decent trail. As stated in other reviews, wear trail runners or boots The trail is rocky and steep heading down to the falls. But the payoff is worth it. The waterfall is like a mini-rainforest. Gorgeous place.

hiking
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months ago

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

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