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.
The drive on the way was very beautiful and scenic, we read good reviews about the river primitive camp sites so me and a friend went together, it was a short hike from the car to the camp sites, about a mile an half. The trail along the way was not visible, the weeds had over grown the trail so our legs were getting cut up for such a short hike. Once we get there we found an "alright " camp site near the river, we set up camp and cooked. Across from the river was a house that was occupied. Later on that night around 12am we could hear loud banging across the river and a woman yelling so loud, it sounded as if she was on our side. We went to sleep but again around 3am, we heard loud banging coming from the house across as if someone was hitting a door or wall, then what happened next scared us that we got no sleep at all, we heard loud screaming "help! Help! Help!" We stayed up the whole night, plus the way the camp site was made, no wind could get to us, the trees and brush were so thick, we slept in this humid area just listening to the wind wishing we stayed at another park instead. The morning we took off, went down the timer trail to dog canyon, still the trail was so un maintained, weeds growing over the trail and just covered in cuts. The only good thing about the park was seeing the dog canyon and gorman falls. I won't be staying here again that's for sure, we were in such a rush to leave we forgot to report to the Rangers about the screaming.
I love getting out of Austin and coming to Colorado Bend. There are so many great hiking trails, caves to explore, rocks to skip and stars at which to gaze!
Highly recommend getting advance campsite reservations. The first time we drove out we assumed we could walk-up but they have a lot of Boy Scout groups throughout the fall and spring. So we had to go to a nearby private camp on the river. Second time we knew better.
I highly recommend hiking Gorman Falls and swimming in Spicewood Springs!
To be honest, I prefer to stay at Sulphur Springs camp down the road unless I'm staying at the group campsite here. The RV sites are a bit primitive. The hiking is extensive here. Definitely go down to Gorman Falls. Downriver from the falls is Gorman cave. You can do a guided tour or explore on your own with a flashlight. Do not disturb any bats. You can kayak up and down river if the water levels are right.
I came here for a day trip to hike to the Gorman Falls. What a site! The Colorado River was really full so no kayaking happened, but the river is great for kayaking and fishing. They also have cave tours. The park is an underdeveloped park so the camping is a little primitive. I definitely will be back to camp, explore, and kayak.
Colorado Bend is beautiful and secluded. It is home to Gorman Falls, which is the tallest waterfall in Texas, but even besides that the park is gorgeous with awesome bluffs, river, trails, swimming hole, kayaking, and views. Definitely recommend visiting Colorado Bend for a day trip or camping.
You can work with a local guide and go into a cave - lots of fun and the guide was great. The campsite is ok… you go there for the other areas of the park not the sites. The sites are along the river but little to no shade, lots of stickerburs and it can get buggy. Also the showers are just an outdoor shower head really meant for rinsing off after being in the river.
This is a beautiful green park with tons of waterfalls, hiking trails, swimming, and nature. You can hire a rafting trip from nearby and join a ranger hike to the caves too. The campground is nice and simple but all the sites are wonderfully close to the river. If you choose a walk-to tenting site you can be right next to the river. There’s also a backpacking area a few miles down one of the hiking trails. This is a great park to enjoy nature. Not sure if there are hot springs, but the swimming is fed by springs.
This trip was so fun!
Lots to do in the park - My recommendations are the Falls and the Caves. Only 15 sites so reservations are a good idea.
I stopped here on my way back from camping at Enchanted Rock. Getting to this park takes a while, going through lots of back roads. Once you get to the park, you have to drive miles in to get to the headquarters. The camp roads are tight, so be careful getting to your site. Once there, you'll have miles of trails to hike. If you take the trails near the creek though, be sure you're able to navigate without trail markers as there are few and not very noticeable. One final note, the speed limit is 20 for the miles it takes to get in the park. DOn't go faster. The state patrol knows people get antsy and they will write you a ticket. They know most of them are from out of town, so they make it really easy to pay your fee. :^)