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Hiking at Colorado Bend State Park

Gorman Falls.

My wife and I took a weekend trip to Colorado Bend State Park in the Texas hill country last weekend. Our plan was to get a full day of hiking in, rain or shine.

The temperature was in the low 50’s when we arrived; very cool for May. It was also drizzling, and the forecast showed a good chance of rain all day. It didn’t rain but did stay cloudy and cool making perfect hiking weather. Also, everyone else stayed home, so it felt as though we had the park to ourselves.

Since we were at headquarters, we started with the short hike to Spicewood Springs, which was much larger and prettier than we expected. The trail to the springs was an easy hike, not very exciting, but very muddy with a lot of tall grass.

Next, we drove to the parking at Cedar Chopper Loop. We took Cedar Chopper to Tinaja Trail, which we nick-named T-Ninja. The Ninja trail has lots of ups and downs and turns and is very scenic. With all the cedars and rocky caves, I’m sure hikers see plenty of rattlesnakes during warmer weather, but we didn’t have to worry with them. It was still cool enough for my wife to wear a sweater.

T-Ninja comes from the south into Gorman Falls Trail, which is the trail that brings most people to the park. It also happened to be the only trail we saw other hikers on the whole day. We could hear the falls several minutes before we could see them, and they were much more impressive than we expected. I’ve never seen a water fall as large in Texas, and the entire ecosystem around the falls is different—it is as much like a rainforest as I’ve ever experienced.

After we spent a half hour or so at the falls, we went west on Gorman Falls trail to get to Tie Slide Overlook trail, which took us to the “most scenic view in the park.” This is a high overlook of the Colorado River. Looking north, we could see the river bend to the east. Looking south, we could see the falls.

After this we started back. We made the mistake of thinking Gorman Springs trail would take us to the beginning of the Ninja trail, but after making our way through very tall grass (my wife hates hiking through tall grass) and crossing a rushing creek several times, we came to a sign that said, “End of Trail,” so we went back.

We arrived back at our start around 7:30 P.M. to complete roughly 11 miles of hiking that lasted seven hours. We both ate and slept well that night, and we can’t wait to go back to Colorado Bend with our kids for more hiking.

If you live in Texas and haven’t been to Colorado Bend State Park, make plans to do so, but be sure to reserve a day pass. The park reaches capacity during most weekends.

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35 thoughts on “Hiking at Colorado Bend State Park

  1. Nothing like a good day spent exploring nature!

    Posted by Rivergirl | May 16, 2019, 6:50 am
  2. Your posts make me wanna go hiking!

    Posted by imghostlypale | May 16, 2019, 7:44 am
  3. Very cool. Nice pics too.

    Posted by jim- | May 16, 2019, 7:46 am
  4. You already know I love this post! My husband and I hiked to the Falls once. Me being the Nervous Nelly, I was so worried he would fall on that crazy steep section right before you get to the bottom, but he made it down and back up. He said once was enough, though. I’ve also run here in a night race. It was very hot and the rocks killed me. But I’m glad I did it once. When hubby and I went , we got in the river but we saw a LOT of snakes so we didn’t stay in. 😀 Btw, it’s not very crowded on hot days, like most state parks.

    Posted by pkadams | May 16, 2019, 8:13 am
    • I’m sorry, PK–I just found this comment in my approval bin. I don’t know why it got held. That crazy steep section is crazy steep! I had to use the cables. I love it and can’t wait to go back. Hope you get some good hiking in this weekend!

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | May 18, 2019, 7:36 am
  5. If that park was in my neighborhood, I’d be reserving an annual pass. What a beautiful place to hike.

    Posted by Tippy Gnu | May 16, 2019, 8:31 am
  6. Great post 🙂

    Posted by the #1 Itinerary | May 16, 2019, 8:49 am
  7. “Reserve a day pass” – what does that mean? I have never heard of people needing a pass to hike somewhere. Does it cost?

    I like that you guys nicknamed the trail. Haha! That’s something my family and I would do.

    Posted by Steeny Lou | May 16, 2019, 10:00 am
    • It costs $5 a person to get into the Texas state parks for the day. That helps pay upkeep, etc… Sometimes they reach capacity, especially on holiday weekends, and they don’t let anyone else in. If you pay in advance, though, you get in regardless.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | May 16, 2019, 10:53 am
  8. Waterfalls are always spectacular! That looks like a pretty scenic trail.

    I agree with your wife. Tall grass is the worst.

    Posted by Shayne | May 16, 2019, 10:53 am
  9. I love Colorado Bend SP and seeing the pictures makes me want to go soon.

    Posted by bigguyhiking | May 16, 2019, 12:59 pm
  10. I have never been to America but I am sure I would love to do some hikes there. Quite a different change of scenery to here too.

    Posted by TheCovertAtheist | May 18, 2019, 10:49 pm
  11. I love hiking! It’s one of my favourite things to do and I don’t do it enough. Will be next week though and I’m ecstatic!

    Posted by Diandra Francesca | May 21, 2019, 7:19 am
  12. Awesome post! These photos are so good! Wonderful pictures of you and your wife. Nothing better than a day spent outside!

    Posted by stephanieroath3157 | May 22, 2019, 4:51 pm
  13. That looks so awesome, I love the Texas Hill country and have only been there ONCE. I live in a part of Texas that is far, far away from the hill country. But I think it would be worth the trip, especially since El Paso doesn’t have a “hill country” or many trees, lol.

    Posted by thehuntress915 | May 23, 2019, 9:24 am
    • Well then you probably can get to Big Bend quicker than I can. I live exactly (according to the sign just east of town) 500 miles east of you on I-20.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | May 23, 2019, 9:31 am
  14. I enjoyed reading your post!
    – Sarah

    Posted by bigworldawaits | May 26, 2019, 5:13 pm
  15. Wow I had no idea! Beautiful!

    Posted by Sassyfitnesschick | June 23, 2019, 9:54 pm
  16. Makes me want to be there

    Posted by Best of the Midwest | July 2, 2019, 7:14 pm

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