Colorado Bend State Park
2236 Park Hill Dr, Bend, TX 76824
Open 8am – 10pm
Cost $5 per vehicle
I was stuck in Brownwood, TX for a weeks worth of layovers and figured there had to be something to do in the middle of Texas. Turns out, there were all sorts of gems to be found! Unfortunately the heat and humidity was unbelievable. None the less I made myself go to at least the most appealing looking spot. Gorman falls. Its located in the Colorado Bend State Park. The park has much more than just the falls, there are swimming holes as well. Getting to it is pretty easy. Just google map it and follow the signs once your in the park. Everything is very well marked. The surprising thing is its not a very busy place. It could have been the temps, but I only saw 3 other people the whole day while hiking.
The trail to the falls is open to the sun for the most part. So bring a TON of water if you plan on doing this hike in the summer. The wildlife consists of alot of lizards, weird large bugs that make loud noises and some pretty poisonous snakes. Keep your eyes on where you are walking and you’ll be fine. A word of caution though, evolution has made the rattle snakes here a pretty serious contender. They no longer rattle, so you wont get any advanced warning. The trail isnt super long, just shy of 2 miles in and 2 miles out. At the end by the falls you can either go left to the waterfall or right to the swimming holes. I wish I had done both but I didnt bring enough water. The falls are truly spectacular. Like something out of a fairytale. Super clear blue water in the pools below and lush green everywhere.
As tempting as it may be, dont swim in the waterfall pool. Its off limits and there are supposedly cameras watching. Thanks for reading!daytrip, explore, gorman falls, hiking, park, pool, river, roadtrip, southwest, state park, swimming hole, texas, travel, usa, waterfall