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Gorman Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bend, Texas that features a waterfall 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: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 344 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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kid friendly

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waterfall

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Texas State Parks are open for day use. Due to COVID-19 parks require reservations. You must reserve and print day passes before you arrive, wear a face mask, practice social distancing in the park, and limit groups to 5 or less. More info can be found here: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ Advance booking for the park entrance is recommended, as weekends the park can close for a couple hours due to maximum capacity.

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10 days ago

Best to do in the morning, it’s about 90 by noon now until September lol. Gorgeous hike. Very rocky, trail shoes recommended. Bring water.

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scramble
12 days ago

Trail is closer to three miles, heavy traffic even with COVID. The trail is pretty easy till the end where you need to scramble and use the ropes. But if you hike regularly or in decent shape, it should be fine. My four year old had no trouble. As for the falls, the area is very pretty but the falls are thin and you can’t see too much with all the foliage. You also can’t get too close because it’s closed for restoration. So that being said, please don’t be the jerks who hop the fence to get a selfie with the waterfall. Really disappointing to see that behavior especially with all the signage. Respect the park and nature!

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scramble
14 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

The trail itself is uninteresting, but the falls are spectacular and well worth the hike. The trail is relative flat until you get close to the falls where it becomes very steep. There is a wire cable to help you down and up. You cannot get in the falls. We were unable to find where the Gorman Falls Trail connected to the River Trail.

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rocky
28 days ago

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rocky
29 days ago

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rocky
1 month ago

This is one of the best trails in Texas. The Gorman falls is a sight to be seen. The views of the Colorado River are expansive and beautiful. There are so many trails to Explore in Colorado Bend state park. We can’t wait to go back. Dog friendly, lots of shade & different terrains. Gorman falls trail is at least moderate in difficulty because the hike down to the falls is very steep and challenging, which makes it so much more fun. My four year old did it with my help of course. It’s slippery, but there are cables to help guide you down. It was nice to get some lunges into the hike. Lots of rock and exploration to be had.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike! We actually saw a fox on the trail. The end is a bit steep, but there are ropes.

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rocky
2 months ago

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scramble
2 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

We started very early from the Gorman Falls Trailhead. When we arrived at 7:00am there was only one other car there, however CB State Park is notorious for filing up and temporarily closing entrance to the park so if you plan on coming later make sure to reserve a pass online beforehand. This trail is out and back however we looped it with Tinaja, Cedar Chopper, Dogleg Canyon and River Trail to try to get the most of our visit. The trail going to the falls is essentially all downhill and thus coming back is mostly uphill. However, these climbs are very gradual. This trail is very rocky so wear sturdy hiking shoes with good ankle support. Shade is intermittent. There are sections of the trail that have a lot of shade and sections that have no shade. So bring a good amount of water and wear sunscreen and/or a hat. All the trails are really well marked with signage. The majority of this trail is easily navigated with really no technical requirements. The very last section at the falls is steep, but they do have chains and very doable as long as you take your time and wore sufficient shoes. The falls are beautiful and the backdrop of the Colorado River is amazing. Definitely one of the jewels of this park, but also very busy because of the popularity...so keep that in mind.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a pretty easy hike till the very end. You have to do some work to get to the falls but it’s absolutely beautiful and a great spot to relax. I’ve done this one many time with my family and friends. You will see many people along the way and I think it’s the most used trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Cool waterfall just thinking about how long it took to form is awesome.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Fairly easy until the end, where you will encounter a rocky descent. Loved e waterfall. So pretty!

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail. The full length of the trail is full of rocks so you have to watch your footing. We got there early so it was cool to have some alone time at the falls but it definitely gets busy.

recorded Gorman Falls Trail

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rocky
6 months ago

This was a surprisingly busy trail to Gorman Falls. Arrived at the park entrance at 1:45pm and learned the park was closed due to max capacity, but reopening at 2pm. Once we started hiking, I was stunned at how many people were on the trail. Lots of novice hikers (with their music blaring from the phones as they hike - why o why!). The hike itself is short 1.3 miles out (2.6 round trip), but very difficult the last 50 yards due to a steep descent down large flat faced boulders. There are guide wires to hang onto for this last part, otherwise I’m not sure my 7 and 9yo kids could have done it. They managed without my assistance, but it was a challenge for sure. Smaller kids will definitely need to be carried. The waterfall is certainly rare for Texas, and would have been much more interesting if it were not obscured by other growth between the viewing area and the falls. The better spot is actually 20 yards away at the base of the steep descent. It’s a very pleasant clear pool underneath beautiful green moss overhang. We also slid down the steep dirt embankment below the viewing platform to get down by the Colorado River. The dogs had a blast down there and it’s shallow enough for wading, though too cold on the day we were there. It would be a very pleasant place to play in the water on a warmer day. About half way down the trail to the falls is a side trail to the overlook, 200 feet above the Colorado River. This was actually our favorite part of the day. Nobody else on the trail and the panoramic views were excellent. We could hear the water rushing far below. It was very peaceful. Bottom line: The girls give it a thumbs up and want to come back. Make a reservation for the park entrance next time because every weekend sees a capacity issue.

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rocky
6 months ago

One of my favorites it’s so beautiful

hiking
7 months ago

Wow, what a trail! The falls were great... but boy were we happy to be done after 3 miles!

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rocky
7 months ago

Fun trail that is slightly challenging. Hold on to the wire railing for the toughest section, which is very short and right at the end of the trail. Rain will make the rocks more slick. Wear good shoes. The waterfall is a hidden treasure that makes the hike worth it. My group consisted of 8, 44, 44, and 72 year olds. All completed the hike.

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rocky
7 months ago

Waterfall was beautiful! Rocks were slippery getting to the base of the falls- Use the cable to steady you. We hiked with our 6 yr old and she was able to navigate it with help. We were rained on a bit, so this added to the slipping, but still worth the chilly weather and muddy trail in places.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail is well marked and very popular. The terrain is rocky, so good shoes are a great idea. Keep in mind it is very easy to roll an ankle on this trail. The falls at the end are worth the hike, there is a steep and very slippery rock decent to the viewing area which may not be accessed safely if you have mobility issues. take care of your dogs, they should have foot protection too!

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rocky
8 months ago

8 months ago

Pretty rocky at the falls, grateful for the wires to hold on to going down the steepest part. Detoured to “Rusty’s Roost” on the way back for a gorgeous view of the Colorado River.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice small waterfall at the end. Trail was not too dificult.

hiking
9 months ago

it was worth every step to see that beautiful waterfall

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