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Colorado Bend State Park, Bend

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  • My family and another drove 5 hours from Houston to hike in Colorado Bend State park the weekend of 2nd of December 2017. I had phoned the park service the week before to confirm that we are able to h...  more »
  • This is a serious trail, full of rocks, watch for the trail markers. Wear good shoes not sandals! Near the end hand hold cables are provided USE them the rocks are like glass. Gorman falls is magical....  more »
  • Remote, little visited park in the Texas Hill Country. Great hiking trails throughout. Really beautiful in the fall with the changing colors. Lot of deer, birds and other wildlife. Not much to do here...  more »
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  • My favorite state park in Texas. I love their trails, they are long trails which I like. Plus their spring trail is a beautiful hike. The only thing about this park is they have 1 outdoor shower, so if you want to shower, brace yourself, water will be cold but it'll feel good on a hot day. The swimming springs is nice, remember to follow the leave no trace principle. People are starting to leave socks, used clothing, and trash around the area which is pretty disgusting. I wouldn't want this place to end up as nasty as Garner state park. Also, Gorman Falls is beautiful, it is quite a hike to get to. Remember to carry plenty of water when it's hot in the summer because you'll get tired out fast with that Texas sun. Don't forget to wear proper footwear because you will go down a steep rocky descent just to see the falls. The trek could be difficult for people with mobility issues. Other than that it's a wonderful and beautiful park with a lot of wildlife around.
  • In my opinion, this is the best state park. Best is a strong word, but it deserves the title. So many parks can be visited entirely in a day or two with little reason for return until months or even years later. No other state park offers the diversity of Colorado Bend. Like hot Texas summers? Take a hike on the over twenty miles of trails. Don't like hot Texas summers? Dip in the natural spring pools. Rather be on the water than in it? Kayak or canoe the river. Like early mornings? Tour the caves. Like late nights? The stars are divine. There is no reason to have down time in this park unless you choose to not explore the world around you. Here is everything the hill country could possibly offer below ground, at the surface, and in the gorgeous sky both day and night.
  • This park is HUGE! You could spend a month here and not see everything. We spent an afternoon hiking to Gorman Falls. It was MAGNIFICENT. I've never seen anything like it. Definitely worth the hike. Be warned - it's advanced. We saw several people trying to climb back up who were having a terrible time of it. Also, the park ranger who checked us in was sorta rude and unhelpful. But that doesn't damper our day. BEAUTIFUL!!!
  • Gorman falls is a must see. Absolutely can't wait to go back. And the wildflowers and cacti are blooming now, turning the fields beautiful colors. It's a perfect place for a day adventure or a weekend of camping. Just be sure to bring all the food and water you could possibly need. You have extremely limited options once you're close to the park.
  • If you want a true camping experience, this is the place for you. Wildlife, hiking trails, Gorman Falls, bat caves....and the list goes on. Be prepared, it's not a place where you can run to the front desk and ask for room service. Bring what you need.........WE LOVED IT AND WILL BE BACK.....

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