Good Water Loop

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Good Water Loop is a 26.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Georgetown, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
26.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1519 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

San Gabriel River Trail - Goodwater loop is located near Georgetown, Texas. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.

backpacking
15 days ago

Love this trail but I hate the dam crossing. I’ve hiked it 2.5 times now...storm came up on one trip and didn’t let up...and on the last trip i dropped down behind the dam to cross. The trail is in good condition. Map is available as pdf if you search for Good Water Loop Trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great 2 day hike. Start off at Cedar Breaks and hike about 15mi to Walnut Creek primitive camp site. There are a lot of good spots to pitch your tent and you can head down to a small beach to cool off in the water! After that it’s about 11 more miles around the lake. Really enjoy this spot, decent views, good people, a diamond in the rough if you’re looking to get some good mileage in.

backpacking
2 months ago

Awesome place to hike and camp along the way! We went with a hammock and had a blast!

mountain biking
2 months ago

cheesegrater!

backpacking
2 months ago

Good 2 day backpacking trip. The trail is very well kept and maintained. The trail itself is very nice and a fun, challenging hike. The south shore is much more scenic, rugged, and remote feeling. That being said, this is not a remote trail, and there are houses visible from many parts of the trail - several with their back fences adjacent to the trail - and almost always road noise.

backpacking
3 months ago

Completed the loop this weekend. What a great trail. I really enjoyed the numerous camp options available, great views, and well marked trail. The only part we got mildly confuse on was after mile 24 when you start your way up to the dam. Would love to hike it again in the fall or spring. I do t think I would attempt this full loop trail in the summer. Enjoy

3 months ago

Love the trails here! Very pretty and peaceful! only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because if you've never hiked these trails before they can get a little confusing as to where you should go. now if things like that don't bother you than you'll love it!

trail running
5 months ago

Well add this as my favorite place to trail run! Easy to find trailhead. I ran out 3 and back 3 today. Easy to follow trail. Super technical- twisted foot a few times and just slowed pace down to keep up with all the rocks and tree stumps. Fun fun fun!!

Gorgeous views of the lake. Part of path alongside the lake.

I will be back soon!

trail running
6 months ago

Trail running at Lake Overlook park. Only ran about a mile north, then across the road overlooking the lake to the south. The park itself has little parking so holiday weekends might be tight. But it does have benches, small (very small) pavilions, rest rooms, and overlook points at the lake (hence "Overlook" park). Plenty of people with dogs on long or no leashes, even though the signs say dogs must be on a short leash at all times.

The north route was an actual wilderness trail, and a bit hard to find (as the park area has several smaller trails). Very rocky, lots of smallish rocks, some loose some not. There were ups and downs, and if there were a good enough rain there'd be a few small water crossings. Going this way, you definitely will not be running fast and you better keep a sharp eye out for roots and rocks that are just waiting to trip you.

Going south on the road offers, well, paved running. Once onto the road, you get a great view of the lake. Instead of turning around at the end of the road, I took a very short and steep "trail" (south/east) down to the grass. Then it went around the road, then alongside the southeast side of the rocky embankment. There is a trail there, but it's very much not in use. The tall grass overgrew the trail significantly in most spots, but the trail was always there. Eventually the trail goes down a VERY rocky and steep incline to the Booty's Road parking lot. I caught the paved trail back. On this part of the paved trail, there is a large red and white sign saying "DANGER: STEEP GRADE AHEAD" or something like that. Steep is correct. It's a rather short incline, but it is steep. Gets your legs sore and your heart pumping.

But all this running was after I ran the trails in Lake Overlook park. There are some paved trails down to the lake, but there are several dirt and rock trails all through the grass field by the lake. Some go down to the rocky lake edge, and I ran a little up and down the lake coast. It was rather fun.

backpacking
8 months ago

beautiful hike. Most of the benches at rest stops have been destroyed. A couple mile markers as well. We back packed to Sawyer Hollow for the night and the latrine is destroyed and covered up with the debris.

hiking
11 months ago

My daughter and I had a great time today hiking. Lots of beautiful views to enjoy with a gorgeous spring and we even saw some longhorns. Great hike!

11 months ago

New favorite trail, great workout very rocky beginning. Beautiful hike with changes in terrain along the way. Both shaded and parts with full sun. Great trail for an active family and dogs too.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great short loop trail. Lots of sharp stones on trail so bring good footwear.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

nice trail get here early to finish

backpacking
Monday, March 27, 2017

The trail was a very cool trail with great views of the lake. I enjoyed the change in terrain on the various sides of the lake (rocky bluffs to prairie grasslands to wooded forests). Numerous natural springs were flowing which were nice to see on the trail. We received rained for about an hour on day 2 of the hike; however, the trail still stayed in good condition and the excess water seemed to drain very fast. We did have to carefully watch foot placement as it would be really easy to twist an ankle navigating the rocky areas of this trail. The mile markers seemed to be off by about an additional 10th mile with each marker. We passed 26 mile markers on the entire trail; however GPS only tracked 24.21 total miles for the entire loop.

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Took a quick 2mi hike to a little lake spot right of the trail. Had a quick lunch then back into town. Nice if you are on a time crunch.

hiking
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Great trails with varying terrain and not too much traffic.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Great lengthy are to spend all day!

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Easy and enjoyable hike. Not much elevation involved.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

If you're looking for beautiful views, this is a great trial! We didn't see anyone else out early in the morning, on our way back, close to noon, we started seeing groups coming in! We had an amazing time though.

hiking
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A beautiful day, great hike to just past the mile 3 marker and back! People we passed by were very nice! Very clean trail! Cant wait to go back and finish the entire loop!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sick trail 10/10

Sunday, January 22, 2017

beautiful and peaceful

hiking
Monday, January 09, 2017

walked 2 miles in, then back on a sunny winter day. The part that I walked was easy and by the river. Will go back

trail running
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Awesome place do knock out some mid size to long training runs. The 27ish mile loops has roughly around 2000 feet of climb which is really flat, (clockwise)however, the first 10 miles are extremely rocky and are slippery when wet. The course has 2-3 water points on miles 10, 20, and 23 before jumping on the road of the dam. *Not marked* make sure mile 9 you make a right or you'll go away from the park*not marked*

The scenes of the park are mostly on the south side of the park, first 10 miles. The northern part is more bland and jeep roads from 10-16, shifting in and out of single and jeep till 23 and the last 3 miles are paved.

For backpacking. There are a ton of places to set up a tent if you want to make it into a multi day trip. Still one of the few parks where you can pop up a tent anywhere.

backpacking
Friday, December 23, 2016

Great loop, did this in 4 days/3 nights (took it slow). As other have noted, lots of residential properties near the trail, but this is a great local warm up if you're prepping for a bigger trek in Big Bend or Rocky country.

If you're only looking for a partial loop, the Southern side of the lake is much less residential and more scenic in my opinion.

backpacking
Thursday, December 15, 2016

I've hiked this trail quite a few times. I've completed it twice once in 2 days and this past time 2 1/2. The stones can be very unforgiving. So step carefully. Weekends and nice weather can bring in more traffic. Weekday hikes are fairly quiet. Lots of deer and birds.

backpacking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

3 days, 2 nights backpacking trip. This was a trial run for something more epic like Big Bend. The trail is pretty well maintained and lots of kudos to those who helped make a 27 mile trail. The one gripe I have is actually at most of the big parks. Look up ahead of time satellite views of trail heads' entrance/exit points at Cedar Breaks, Tejas, Russel Park, and especially Jim Hogg Park. As you get close you might come across forks and there is no signage telling which path to take to stay on the Goodwater loop. Also, there were more residential areas viewable from the trail than I expected which sometimes took away from the allure of being outdoors. But don't let that undermine how fun this was. I did it with my son, 14, and a friend who was a year or two younger. I had 50 lb backpack, son had 30 lb, and friend had 20 lb. Started at Cedar Breaks, 11 miles to Camp Tejas and camped overnight. 6 miles to Russel Park and camped out. Then 11 miles back to Cedar Breaks. I would recommend high ankle hiking shoes with good padding due to lots of rocks that roll ankles and/or press on the bottom of your feet. Russel Park was my favorite because you hike in and out up high on the cliffs in the cedars overlooking the lake and the campsite is similar scenery. I don't know if I would hike the whole loop again, but I would base camp at Russel Park and day hike in both directions from there if/when I go back. It's nice that you can pick up fresh water at the major parks along the way too so you don't have to ration too much if you have a good sized water bladder. I would not want to do this in the summer due to some of the more open areas in and out of Camp Tejas without shade. However, I could see where Camp Tejas in the summer would be nice and hiking out a mile or two and floating the river since it's nice and pretty around that area and more small river-like than lake-like around Camp Tejas.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Trails are easy if you're paying attention. Went during the middle of the day on a Saturday and not much traffic. Saw one deer. Nice waterfalls and beautiful longhorns 3 miles in from the Cedar Breaks Park Trailhead. Would be nicer if they picked up the trash at the trashcan.

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Well marked trail. Grass overgrowth makes trail narrow in parts. Wear shoes to prevent stubbing toes on all the rocks sticking out from the ground. Easy to access through Russell Park.

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