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Located within the beautiful 5328.3 acre Colorado Bend State Park are 11.7 miles of hiking trails and 8 miles of mountain bike trails. These exciting trails will allow users to experience the flora and fauna of the park.

Flora/Fauna: Birders can enjoy viewing some of 155 species of birds found in the park, including specialties such as golden-cheeked warblers, black-capped vireos, and bald eagles. Gorman Falls is located on the western bank of the Colorado River, approximately 10 miles above Lake Buchanan and includes a portion of Gorman Creek which feeds Gorman Falls. Gorman Falls is an impressive, 60-foot-high waterfall. The falls' travertine formations and associated lush vegetation are very scenic. Small travertine dams have formed quiet pools of clear water which support a variety of aquatic communities. Special mention needs to be made that due to the protection of the fragile environment of the Gorman Falls, the area currently can only be visited through guided tours.

Other day activities include guided tours to Gorman Falls and guided, wild cave tours, both walking and crawling. Also, due to various hazards in the caves such as low oxygen levels and poisonous gases and the fact that the caves are a nonrenewable natural resource, ALL CAVES in the park are closed except through guided tours. Reservations are highly recommended for the cave tours due to the limited number of people which can be taken on any given tour. Contact the park to make reservations and check questionable weather conditions. Substantial footwear is recommended for all tours.

Gorman Falls Tours: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday (weather permitting)
Gorman Cave Walking Tours: 9:15 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (resource and weather permitting)
Crawling Cave Tours: 1:30 p.m. First Saturday of each month (resource and weather permitting)

Directions: From Lampasas, TX, Take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend and follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance. From San Saba, take US Highway 190 about 4 miles to FM 580 and follow the signs 13 miles to Bend; follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance. The headquarters and main camping are 6 miles past the entrance on the gravel road (unmarked County Road 442). (Access road subject to flooding.) Note: No Gasoline Sevice in Bend.The park is west of Lampasas, southeast of San Saba.

Elevation: 1,025 feet

Distance: 8 miles

Difficulty: Varies

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Colorado Bend State Park, Texas

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