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5 Amazing Reasons to Visit Colorado Bend State Park

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Is there really a better time to visit a Texas Hill Country state park then now? While temperatures can fluctuate wildly during winter, there’s a good chance that in between every cold snap the temperatures are mild enough to spend quality time outside. What better way to spend it then at a Texas state park? Check out five amazing reasons to pack a lunch and head out to Colorado Bend State Park now.

1. Hiking

5 Amazing Reasons to Visit Colorado Bend State Park

Photo: Flickr/Tiny House Brewing & Farmstead

With more than 5,300 acres of canyonlands cleaved from the typically lazy Colorado River and 32 miles of trails for exploration, this park is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The trails are tailored for folks of all levels, so don’t be shy. Grab your hiking sticks and get on out there.

Particular points of interest include:

  • Spicewood Springs – wander back and forth across the creek intoxicated by spring fed pools and waterfalls. Hike to the top for stunning canyon views.
  • Gorman Falls – the most popular hike in the park leads to a stunning 60-foot waterfall.
  • River trail – thick foliage and access to the river make this trail a warm weather favorite.

2. Fishing

5 Amazing Reasons to Visit Colorado Bend State Park

Photo: Flickr/Patrick Lewis

Picture yourself floating in your canoe on a cool, crisp morning, warm mug of joe in your mittened hand. What could make it better? Reeling in a nice big bass or two to grill over a campfire might be kind of cool. You can live this dream at Colorado Bend. Historically known as some of the best bass fishing in Central Texas, the park doesn’t even require you to get a fishing license. (None of the state parks do.) Fish cleaning station conveniently awaiting your fresh catch. All you need to do is just relax and fish. For newbies, who want to try themselves in fishing we found these tips for choosing your first rod.


5 Amazing Reasons to Visit Colorado Bend State Park
Photo: Flickr/Chris Vreeland

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