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Spicewood Springs Professional Review and Guide
"About 45 miles NE of Llano. A moderate day hike through the Texas Country. Special Attractions: Colorado River, travertine pools and cascades, swimming hole."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Texas (Falcon Guides).
This trail is a real jewel among Texas hikes. It has water year round, rocky outcrops, sheer cliffs, and deep, clear pools. It is best to start this hike at the top of the trail, across the road from the primitive camping parking area. The trail descends downhill along the park boundary until it comes to the creek. From there, the trail follows the creek down to the river as it flows over rock outcrops, falls and travertine deposits. I enjoy wading straight down the creek, sometimes swimming across large pools. The best part of the hike is at the bottom where the rocks form a large, clear pool that is close to ten feet deep nearest the river. It's a great spot to stretch out in sun and take a nap, especially during the week when you will probably have it all to yourself. There are also numerous side springs and creeks along the way worth exploring. From the bottom you can either turn around an hike back up, or hike along the rive to the camping area, then back up the hill to primitive parking.
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