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About Colorado Bend State Park
Colorado Bend State Park is one of central Texas’s most popular destinations. Two hours northwest of Austin, this park offers cave tours, river recreation, and over 35 miles of hike and bike trails. Visit in the off-season and enjoy a break from the intense Texas heat or take a dip in the cool, clear waters of Spicewood Springs for a refresher on warmer days. Texas’s tallest waterfall, Gorman Falls, is the prime attraction for visitors of Colorado Bend State Park. This 70-foot marvel can be reached from a moderate 3-mile hike where you can enjoy cool mist from the spring-fed waters upon your arrival. There are 15 drive in campsites at Colorado Bend where you can park RVs up to 30 feet, though the rest require some extra work to reach. 28 walk-in campsites can be found in the main campground, as can two primitive group campsites near the river. Looking for even more rugged seclusion? Hike to the Backcountry Windmill area where you will find designated backcountry sites just a mile from the trailhead. Every camper will find what they need at Colorado Bend State Park.
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Drive In, Walk In, Hike In, Boat In
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
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Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
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Pets Allowed
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Location
Colorado Bend State Park is located in Texas
Latitude
31.059 N
Longitude
-98.505 W
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29 Reviews of Colorado Bend State Park
Colorado Bend State Park November 2018

The hiking in this park is awesome. We hiked to the falls which is challenging but worth it. The campsites are nice, many were closed when we were there due to flooding. The facilities are very basic, no running water and a small walk from the campsites. It was super cold when we were there, our tent had ice on it! Ps there is no service in most areas of the park.

Primitive not one of my favorite state park experiences

We stayed at the group site at the far end. The shower was a bit of a long hike away. It is an outdoor shower (elevated spigot) next to a parking lot. There is a lot of caliche or fine white dirt that will stick to you on the way back to the campsite. Unfortunately the Colorado River was extremely low too. We hiked Gorman Falls in the day and a mountain biker told us he was just chased by a cougar. Not one of my favorite parks.

Get away from it all

We really liked this park but the location we were at had very low water flow. There is tent, drive up and primitive campsites available.

Nice sites

The area is pretty quiet and has a river to fish and kayak. Hiking trails lead to some really pretty water falls that not many people know exist. You will need to bring most supplies with you as options are limited at the park.

A great place for anyone to explore!

Colorado Bend State Park is a wonderful place to explore, relax, and be amazed! We picked a spot to camp that was just far enough from the road that we felt like we had the whole park to ourselves. We hiked during the day along the many trails, theres a beautiful waterfall in one part of the park that you have to see. Would definitely stay again!

Primitive Style

This park is definitely a great primitive Park to go to. The only bathrooms here are out houses. be prepared because there's no service or Internet no water no hookups. Totally primitive. Lots of Wildlife and a great view of the sky. You are camping on top of a giant Mountain / Hill above the river Colorado River. Lots of challenging hiking here and there is also a hiking trail that goes to the Springs. Which is absolutely beautiful to watch the spring water falls over the hills and mountains. This is not a river you can swim in. But you can fish hear.

Luscious landscape, great trails

What a beautiful park! It’s not for the faint of heart due to the steep ascents & descents, but the falls were worth the effort. The trails provided a decent amount of shade to keep us cool enough despite it being warm in the sun. Beautiful river along which you can camp and picnic. We visited after a fair amount of rain had fallen, so the park entrance was flooded and only SUVs could safely cross the bridge. This may have worked to our advantage as it wasn’t too crowded.

CBSP is a great park with a lot to offer, but there are few amenities
  1. It is a long drive from the gate to the office/campground/riverfront area. So don't panic when it seems like you've been driving forever since the gate and start worrying about somehow getting onto the wrong road and being completely lost.
  2. This is a a very popular park, especially on warm weekends, and the office is rather small. So get there as early in the day as you can to avoid crowds. I think the limit is 10 people at a time in the office, so you may have to wait outside a bit. But don't worry. There's plenty of shade around the office. Ice was $4.00 a bag there, too. I didn't spend much time in the office, and didn't really pay much attention. Just in and out.
  3. No water or electrical hookups.
  4. Compost toilets.
  5. No sex-segregated wash/shower facilities. There were two community faucets and one community showerhead out in the open.
  6. Multiple trail types, from completely shaded and mostly flat along the river to mostly out in the open in rugged terrain. Trails very well maintained with very little trash evident.
  7. Some areas in the park are prone to flooding, so pay attention to weather reports. Don't get caught in the wrong place in a rainstorm.
  8. Forget about cell service. Curiously enough, I had WiFi because my RV spot was closest to the office. But neither my son nor I had cell service for some miles before arriving at the office area.
Country living

ok to start off, this state park should really put its main office at the entrance of the park instead of driving to end of the park, just to drive back to the entrance where the camp grounds are. Really inconvenient. The primitive campground was about 1.5 hike to our site, which wasn’t much for a view or since it’s so far from anything else. The hiking trails were great and definitely get your steps in. Grasshopper littered the floors near campgrounds and no open fires are allowed. But plenty of exploring can be done if you follow the trails.

Nice place to hike and get in the water

Love going to this place, camping, the hiking is good, lots of boulders and rocks, the river to get in, and a beautiful waterfall.