Colorado Bend State Park

Bend, Texas 76824

Colorado Bend State Park

Colorado Bend State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"If you are looking for remote beauty and a rare opportunity to camp next to a major river, then Colorado Bend State Park is a great destination. Leaving Llano on TX 16, you travel north 18.4 miles on one of the most scenic roads in Texas into the small town of Cherokee.

As you enjoy the camping, don’t miss the chance to rent kayaks or take the ranger-guided tour to Gorman Falls. The $5-per-person cost is well worth the chance to see a spring-fed waterfall in a spectacular Hill Country setting. It’s a 1.5-mile round-trip walk, so bring your water and camera for a special treat to finish off your visit to this remote location."

Colorado Bend State Park Reviews

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I read these reviews before I went and what was so true is that if you go during the week, YOU WILL HAVE THE WHOLE PARK TO YOURSELF. What a treat! I took my two boys and just me primitive camping. Deer were everywhere. Due to the drought, the water was way down but you could see the fish swimming in the water. Take your fishing polls. Make sure to go down the trail "Spicewood Springs". Be smart and watch the underbush for snakes. I finally got in the water and as I moved around to where the boys were, I saw this HUGE COILED UP SNAKE under the area where I just entered the water. It was a viper - mocissan watching the boys swim for an hour. Please just leave them alone and go on your way. Most of all, PLEASE DON'T LEAVE YOUR TRASH. I found dirty diapers, water bottles, food wrappers, etc. Respect the environment and others that will soon share this place with you. Take your trash with you!!!!!!! I collected a lot of trash sitting around and left it for the park ranger. They should have trash can out there though. Now, we saved Gorman Falls for last. After hiking 8 miles in the heat (over 100), I was saying to myself, "This better be worth it.". After a mile, I'm thinking, "No way are there waterfalls anywhere nearby. This must be a joke.". No joke!!!!!! Check out the picture I saved with the rainbow. AMAZING and the water taste so good. PLEASE DO NOT SNEAK in to the off limits area. It will destroy everything. Go around and down toward the river and you will find the water that pours in to it. There, fill up your water bottles with the best coldest spring water ever. What a wonderful place to visit and spend with my boys making memories that will last a lifetime. Please share your pictures if you happen to go. You won't regret it!!!!!!

Colorado Bend State Park Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
Boating, Hiking
Additional Use
800-792-1112 or 325-628-3240,
Local Contacts
Fees per Night
Park store, chemical toilets, kayak rentals

Activity Feed

Dec 2018