Colorado Bend State Park River Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near San Saba, Texas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.3 miElevation gain541 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Birders can enjoy viewing some of 155 species of birds found in the park, including specialties such as golden-cheeked warblers, black-capped vireos, and bald eagles. Gorman Falls is an impressive, 60-foot-high waterfall located on the western bank of the Colorado River.

The main camping area offers drive-up sites (with picnic tables, fire rings with cooking grills, a lantern post, potable water in the area); riverbank tent sites (with picnic tables, fire rings with cooking grills, a lantern post, and potable water in the area); composting toilets, a fish-cleaning

Texas Tourism Division, P.O. Box 12728 , Austin, TX, 78711-2728, Phone: 800-452-9292

Directions from Lampasas, TX: Take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend and follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance. From San Saba, take US Highway 190 about 4 miles to FM 580 and follow the signs 13 miles to Bend; follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance. The headquarters and main camping are 6 miles past the entrance on the gravel road (unmarked County Road 442). (Access road subject to flooding.) Note: No Gasoline Sevice in Bend.The park is west of Lampasas, southeast of San Saba.

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Daymon Wooten
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A beautiful walk along the river.

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Angela Fritz
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Justin A. Pritchett
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Hiking

this trail was nice for my daughter and me. she loved all the dogs here and the people on the trail were very nice as well. the scenery was fantastic and the routes were well marked worth the drive here.

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Shannon L
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Hiking

We did the section of the trail between Dogleg Canyon and Gorman Falls Trail. The trail is relatively flat in this section...except for the connecting portion to the Gorman Falls/Spring area (this section is quite steep -not difficult- just all uphill). It’s a beautiful hike since it caresses the Colorado River and the canyon formations the whole way. There is one section where you go over the entrance to Gorman Cave and it gets a little narrow, but they have chains available to make you comfortable and the section is only about 15-20 feet long. We encountered lots of mountain bikers on this trail and 3 armadillos. The scenery was beautiful and it is well shaded.

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Scott Conner
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We started this route from the Grey Fox campsite. The lower river trail into the primitive camping area does not connect back into the upper river trail. Heading North on the trail from the river backpack camping area, the trail is obstructed by a downed tree and overgrowth just South of the connection about 100’. There was no easy way to get around and connect back in to the upper river trail by mountain bike as shown on the map. We had to double back to the split and take the upper path. The Lemon Ridge Pass trail shows to be a mountain bike route from the river trail. Recommend not starting the trail at this end. It was very difficult to ride up to the main road from the incline and rocky terrain. It will have most pushing the bike up the path. I wish I would have started it at the road and taken it down to the river trail...lol

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Vanessa McKnight
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Hiking

This trail is mostly flat, wide, and relatively easy - making it ideal for most skill levels. The trail does become more technical as you get closer to the cave.

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Brandon Siegfried
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HikingMuddyRocky

Awesome Trail, great scenery not to packed, moderately traveled only on Gorman Falls Trail

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James Goyet
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Easy little hike and dog friendly unless you have a low to the ground bulldog like ours. We needed to carry her up from the falls back to flatter terrain.

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Tim Capps
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Hiking

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

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Frank Orta
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Easy trail. Not bad for an afternoon hike

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Jessie Boyer Amate
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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!

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Colin Hennessee
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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!)

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Jerry Floyd
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My wife and I hiked 9.4 miles on the 4th. Some great scenery , saw about 10.deer and min traffic. Take lots of water

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Catherine Amox
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lovely walk along the river. they need to clear the trail of plants in one area but otherwise easy.

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Kallan Yezzi
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Hiking

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.

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Jennifer Lane
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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!

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Paul F
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Very nice...Lively Loop

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Nathan & Ashley Dame
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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!

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Crystal Talley
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Backpacking

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!

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Elisabeth Lauren
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Gormans Fall trail was a bit rocky, was trying to not trip. Best bring your water on the really hot days!!!!

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Nathan Sharp
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we walked the Spicewood Springs Trail and the Spicewood Canyon Trail which, I believe is betterthan the Gorman Falls Trail.

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Malcolm Yarnell
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It was well worth it. The back falls trail (clear springs?) is much better than the overcrowded Gorman Falls Trail.

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Vanessa Martinez
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Fun!

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Kerri Moore
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We did 2 day hiking trip. First day we did 15.5 miles and camped in backpacking windmill area. Then next day we did a 5.5 miles and hiked to Gorman falls. The falls are a thousand times better in person.

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Brian Bohannon
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Was fun! We only went down the Gorman Falls Trail part but will be returning again to walk more trails. Falls were pretty! Found a chassis frame of a vehicle along the river bank half way buried in the dirty with tree root growing through it. Wish I knew the story behind it!

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Jared Shipwash
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Hiking

The trails are well maintained, and beautiful. We will be going back.

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Meghan Ihander
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Great hiking experience! Headed down to Gordon Falls to see one of many beautiful views ! it is absolutely breathe taken ng coming down a steep incline. if you have small children like we did , hold them tight and find a hiking stick they can utilize . You can't get into water but we did head up to Gordon springs to dip or feet in . It is super shallow but the ice cold water on the toes did the trick and helped us cool down. From there we made it to the Riverside trail. when they say its unmaintained they mean it. of coarse it was super muddy and at one point I was knee deep and my children waist high. but hey if ya miss ice skating , mud sliding is the next best thing. There was a little water spot to wash the mud off our shoes and legs right after the mud trail so no complaints. Right after we realized we were on the bike trail but there was an awesome cave right off the river bank. Didn't venture to far after seeing evidence of collapse. we did see a nice colony of daddy long legs that acted as one organism. Pretty cool and creepy at the same time.From there we followed the canyon trail which had some amazing views . They do have barb wire fence around except at the very head of canyon where it looks like you could venture down but we did have our 3 and 5 year old with us and at this point they were exhausted ! From that trail we hit the loop and took a left to take us to old Gordon rd that led us back to the falls and treked back on up to the trail head. It was a beautiful hike. Coming back for sure. We brought some tubes to float on river but the water wasn't at reach on the trails we were on and the Colorado looks like mud. but hey its been through some states to join us in Texas! My husband and I carried ten bottles if water each and lasted us 7 hrs with four mouths sipping. Carried some trail mix, granola bars and jerky to keep energy levels high. Wear appropriate shoes and we heard a yuppie exclaim there was no place to refill water bottles. Please remember that there is not and bring adequate supplies. Please don't liter. Carry your trash with you, there is a trash bin at the head of trail at the end to unload! Best way to have spent my birthday! Happy Hiking!

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