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COLORADO BEND
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Near San Saba, Texas


Excerpts From
Splash Across Texas
THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO
SWIMMING IN CENTRAL TEXAS


by Chandra Moira Beal

From U.S. 183 North, take FM 580 west at Lampasas. About two hours from Austin.

Just ten miles above Lake Buchanan and one of the newest state parks, Colorado Bend State Park is spacious and uncrowded. No more than 300 vehicles are allowed into the 5,328-acre park. There are over twelve miles of hiking and interpretive trails that take you past swimming holes, wildlife, and hill country vegetation. The 2.7-mile Spicewood Springs Trail connects to another one-mile trail from the main camping area. It follows a creek down to the Colorado River with several holes for swimming along the way. The 5.7-mile Upper Gorman Creek Trail loops through woodlands and has several offshoot trails to customize distance. A 1.5-mile hike and tour of Gorman Falls is also worth doing. You should wear appropriate rubber-soled shoes for the hike, and drinking water and bathrooms are not available in the falls area. Colorado Bend State Park has six miles of lake frontage. Two spring-fed creeks form great swimming holes. There are picnic sites and great views of deep canyons. The park has primitive camping, chemical toilets, and a boat ramp.


Post Office Box
118 Bend, Texas 76824
(915) 628-3240

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Text and photos courtesy of Chandra Moira Beal and La Luna Publishing
Copyright Chandra Moira Beal, 1999


See also
Colorado Bend: It Is What It Is by Clay Coppedge
Bend, Texas
San Saba, Texas

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