Brush up on your river songs before you head to this campground, because you’ll be singing its praises at night by the fire! Might we suggest a...
River Back Pack Campground is very similar to the Wind Mill Back Pack Camp except for one thing - you guessed it - it’s right by the river! This...
Brush up on your constellations before venturing out to this primitive four-person camp! Windmill Back Pack Campground is just far enough from...
On a hot summer day, Spicewood Springs are a comfortable and beautiful destination within the park. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the large cool clear spring to splash around in or you can walk upstream through a network of shallow pools and falls.
Absolutely love this state park and Gorman Falls is truly a gem of the Texas Hill Country. There are several campgrounds to pick from in the state park camping area- I suggest asking for Spot 22 if it's available. It's situated under a huge Cedar tree that provides some much needed shade on warmer days in the park. Plus it has easy access to the Colorado River!
We stayed in the walk-in sites, close to the river. We got there on a Sunday afternoon about 2:00 and had the pick of the park. We chose site #3 and loved it. Nestled under a tree, with views of the river. We had shade, picnic table, access to water and the compost toilets up the stairs. There are no showers, but there is an outdoor shower closeby. We chose to just do "the essentials" and I washed my hair standing beside the tent. Firewood and ice is sold at the headquarters, cash only, until 5:30. There are a ton of trails, but we only had time for one and that was Gorman Falls. Really pretty at the falls. Definitely recommend this park.
This camping area is about one mile away from the main campground next to the visitor center. The area is beautiful and our group were the only group in the entire area. You do have to backpack in, however the hike in is very easy and worth it to be away from the crowds.
Primitive camp sites are slightly under a mile from the trailhead, and you must pack in all gear and water. The trail is shady and flat, so it's an easy hike for beginner back packers. Peeks of the river can be seen all along the trail, and the tail connects to other park trails that will take you to Gorman Falls. Camp sites are private and far enough apart that you will not see other campers (though you may hear them, so hopefully they are courteous).
The hike out to the primitive site is a gentle one, as others have said, but it is long enough to remove you from the sights and sounds of the drive-up campsites. Being located right on the river is a blessing and curse. We went over 4th of July weekend and it was hot as hell. Having the river right next to us was nice for cooling down and filtering water, saving us the need to hike it in with us. The flipside is that mosquitos and riverside bugs flocked to any source of light after the sun went down and the humidity was high.
On the whole, I still enjoyed myself a lot and this park has so many great things to offer that it's worth the trouble. Just go in ready to sweat.
It's worth noting that this State Park has no shower facilities, so go in with that in mind. That being said, this park has miles and miles of backcountry trails to hike and guided cave tours as well. You can rent a kayak, go fishing, go for a swim in the shallow and slow-moving Colorado river, or just hang out with friends by your campsite. Tent sites are not quite drive-up, although you can park pretty close (within 100 yards generally)
We had an amazing time at Colorado Bend. We camped with another family and the sites were perfect. The kids loved the swimming hole, we hiked a few of the shorter trails and also took the guided hike to Gorman Falls. It was absolutely gorgeous... but was challenging with a two year old in tow. We plan on visiting again in the spring!
Very nice if you can get a site near the gravel bar. It is impacted so choose your site carefully so you don't end up camping in a mud puddle! Shade, river, and an easy hike in all make this very worthwhile.
No potable water, No fires are allowed, No toilets, but pets are allowed as long as they are on leash. (Potable water and toilets are in the main campground.)
Colorado Bend State Park, a 5,328.3-acre facility, is located west of Lampasas in San Saba and Lampasas counties. The park site was purchased partly in 1984, with the remainder acquired in 1987; the park was subsequently opened in 1987.
The park is located at the former sites of the Gorman and Lemons ranches above Lake Buchanan.