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Colorado Bend State Park, Bend

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#36 of 144 in Nature in Texas
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  • I met my daughter and her family there, I got lost once, because I did not see the small sign that pointed to the right, so I ended up at an RV Park, but they were nice folks and pointed me in the rig...  more »
  • We hiked the Gorman Falls trail - the trail is rough and steep in some areas, once you entered the area for the falls it was like you were in South America and not in Texas - beautiful, you are not al...  more »
  • This is a MUST for anyone who loves the outdoors and walking/hiking! How did I never know there are gorgeous water falls and beautiful canyon hikes right here in Texas?? Oh my! Spending the day explor...  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.....