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Good Water Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A long, easy ride along Lake Georgetown, the trail connecting Tejas Camp to Russell Park is one for riders of all levels. The trail provides access to a few group camping areas and any number of fishing spots, and odds are you won’t see too many other people away from either of the ends. Tread: Mix of singletrack and doubletrack.From the HIKE TRAIL sign, you’ll head out and down along the river, winding through a low shady area, until you take a sharp uphill turn away from the water. The trail is marked with brown stick-figure hiker signs, guiding you through a grassy area and then back across the water again. You’ll hitdoubletrack at about 0.5 mile; follow the sign to the right and continue on your way."
--Christopher Hess, Mountain Biking Texas (Falcon Guides).
My review is only for the section from Tejas to Russel. I didn't ride the new section.
This trail is a tale of two extremes. 80% of the trail is flat smooth double track ... booooring. The 20% single track is fairly extreme with rock legdes, etc. There are a few sections that most intermediate riders would not be able to handle. Some spots would be a challenge for the most experienced riders. This section was fun, but it's too short; making up only a small part of the overall trail. There are some decent views, but the riding is simply too easy or to difficult in my opinion. To top it off, a flood in 2007 put the water level at 33-feet above normal. Almost every tree below that mark is dead or dying. That said, there was some decent fall color above that mark mixed in with cedar trees. All-in-all, I'd rather spend my time on another trail.
We hiked about 30 miles in 4 days, camped at 2 primative sites and one established site.
The trailheads are not easy to find, but once on the trial markers were great. Primative sites included picnic tables, fire rings and lantern hangers. The established site was disappointing because tent and trailer spaces were not seperated, and streetlights were everywhere.
We treated lake water for drinking and cooking at along the way. Boy Scouts use this trail in preperation for high adventure hikes and they are a pleasure to share with.
The trail was suprisingly litter free, a nice change from some of the other trails we've been on. Dogs are not only allowed, but other hikers really seemed to enjoy spoiling them.
The only drawback is that the lake is open to motorboats and an airport is located not far from the lake so there was consiberable noise pollution.
Over all the trek was very nice and we're already planning to do it again in the fall.
The trail has been extended now from Russell Park to Hogg Park. The extension was built by local mountain bikers (thanks Dewayne) and is a fun, tight singletrack. The trail is rocky and might be a little difficult for beginners but rewards with nice views of the lake.
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