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Navigating a Moderate-Level Hike Into Gorman Falls

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A wide waterfall with a slightly difficult hike to be able to gaze upon it, the beauty of Gorman Falls in Colorado Bend State Park is tough to convey in a picture and even tougher to describe in written form. It’s one of those scenic Texas Hill Country places that you really have to see to believe and fully appreciate how graceful and grand it truly is. And depending on the amount of rainfall, and drainage, the size of the waterfall can vary, but miraculously, the grandeur of it never seems to. Its travertine base is so completely scenic that although dry and hot times can cause it to struggle in flow, it still welcomes you like some kind of achievement you’ve earned after hiking the distance to bask in its glory.

Navigating A Moderate-Level Hike Into Gorman Falls In The Texas Hill Country

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The approximate three-mile hike starts from a well-marked and obvious trailhead and parking area. It commences by meandering through majority flat trail which is flanked by a few thin trees and numerous cacti. If it is or has been raining, you’ll find the trail to be muddy and a bit on the slippery side (particularly where it covers rocky terrain), so caution is necessary. However, in drier conditions, the footing would be considerably more secure, and the hike much easier. Signage on the trail is clearly visible at the key junctions and small reflective shapes are placed along the trail on specific trees. The majority of the trail is open to the elements, and so another thing to consider is the requirement for water on hot days, as well as sun coverage. From the last trail junction prior to Gorman Falls, the hike begins to accelerate its descent and become noticeably steeper.

Navigating A Moderate-Level Hike Into Gorman Falls In The Texas Hill Country
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