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Great terrain and easy to follow. 7 miles according to my recording with plenty of shade in most parts until last mile. One of my favorite hikes in central TX

hiking
4 days 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.

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rocky
12 days ago

Loved the trail. Crosses the creek several times but well marked - it can be hard to follow if you have to watch your footing too, so slow down and take your time. Wear waterproof boots and take walking sticks or be prepared for wet feet. When I was there it was cold and overcast and with the recent rains the rocks were slippery and the ground was muddy in places. But that just added to the fun of the hike.

on Gorman Falls Trail

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rocky
18 days 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
22 days ago

One of my favorites it’s so beautiful

This was a fun hike! The part down by the river was gorgeous!! We saw a little cave and even went out on the water. Trail markings weren’t super prominent but overall well maintained. Would totally do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop trail. Rocky but no serious elevation change. Wear over ankle boots. Start at Cedar Loop trail.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month 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.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This loop is relatively flat, which was refreshing after spending a lot of time climbing. Keep an eye open for branches as they are deceiving and dont appear to be as close as they really are.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I was really glad I rode this downhill since I felt like I had been riding uphill all day! This trail is less technical than some of the others available in the park.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This trail is gorgeous, make sure you wear shoes as the hike becomes fairly technical and is slick when crossing the springs. Look after your dog's feet too because the rocks are sharp.

hiking
2 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
2 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.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Really beautiful trail, so well maintained and easy to follow. Fun hike and perfect place to take a dip. Water shoes with good grip make it even better because the rocks at the bottom of the spring are very slippery.

I really enjoyed this trail. The south rim trail is extremely tough. As others have said, it would be easy to roll an ankle. Bring plenty of water and start early to beat the heat. For what it's worth, TX Parks and Wildlife have this trail listed as "very challenging"

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome spring. Water is crystal clear.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

it was worth every step to see that beautiful waterfall

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rocky
3 months ago

Getting to the Falls will take you 30-40 min but so worth it! A beautiful sight to see. Just awe. Please bring Loya of water.

hiking
3 months ago

Getting down to the waterfall can be a little tricky, but it is definitely worth it. If you’re not used to the Texas heat during the summer I’d recommend going in a cooler month this trail is not very shaded. My husband proposed to me out near the falls and we actually ended up going back there for a small personal marriage.

hiking
4 months ago

You will not have cellular service FYI. But was a great hike.

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