26 Miles "Crack of Dawn" and "Sunset" Hike!!!

  • January 22, 2011 · 6:30 AM
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Click here! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District welcomes you to Georgetown Lake


This IS NOW A ONE DAY (approx 12 -15miles by Lunch) hike that will kick-off promptly at 0700

One of the longest trails in the Hill country area is also one of the most overlooked. The Good water Trail snakes around Lake Georgetown and almost completely encircles it. With several trail heads to choose from this hike provides a GREAT opportunity for for a multi-day circumnavigation. The San Gabriel River Trail ( Good Water Loop ) is a 26 mile rugged trail winding through dense Juniper Forest, Hardwood Bottom lands, and Prairie Grasslands . The trail extends completely around Georgetown Lake via the dam.

Before beginning a hike:

1. The plan is to complete the whole thing in ONE DAY!
2. Good Water Trail makes a complete circle around the lake. We will meet at the head quarters entrance for additional info and to determine a common parking place. There will be no other vehicular mode of transportation unless for emergency purposes.
3. I am taking a Garmin GPS and Manual "old school" compass. Feel free to bring what ever you may have to assist with navigation, pace and distance measures.
4. Taking a means of communication (cellular phone, radio) is recommended in case of emergency. Cell phones do not work in all areas.
5. Heavy footwear with strong ankle support is recommended.
6. You may need insect repelant.
7. Take ample food and water. There is no potable water at Cedar Hollow, Sawyer, and Walnut Springs camp areas.
8. I will research the checking in and out procedures. Because we are using the trail it is advised to check in and check out with the gate attendants at Cedar Breaks Park, Russell Park, and Tejas Camp.
9. I will also have a machete with me for clearing... Just mentioning it now so no one gets scared.

During a hike:

1. Anything you brink with you, you have to take the whole way and make sure to leave with it.
2. We will hike in, and out. Eat drink and rest often. It is very important that we stay together.
3. PLEASE NOTE!!! this is a 26 mile turn around and I am not trying to compete or make this some kind of iron ma challenge, however please do not try to hike beyond your abilities.
4. Be ready for vigor: be in moderate hiking shape shape, pack smart, and be ready for steep terrain and any surprising weather conditions.
5. We WILL stay on the trail. *****NOTE!!! we can collect any souvenirs *****.
6. From what I gather completely based on reading, trail difficulty is easy to moderate in most places, but it can be strenuous at some locations, particularly between Cedar Breaks Park and Mile Marker 9.
7. Good Water Trail crosses Hunt Hollow Wildlife Management Area. Trail users should exercise caution during hunting season.
8. I like to let my dogs off lease but it is not allowed here. There is no rescue service for disabled or lost dogs. WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR DOGS ON LEASE!!!
9. Rescues for the injured are difficult and may be dangerous. Trail Rules

Horses, off-road vehicles, and motorcycles are prohibited. Bicycles are allowed on the North side of the lake between Tejas Camp and Headquarters and on the South side of the trail between Cedar Breaks and Mile Marker 5.
Dogs must remain on leash 6 feet or less and under control. All waste must be properly removed from the trail.
Camp in designated areas only. These areas are Cedar Hollow, Sawyer, Walnut, and Tejas Camp.
Ground fires are prohibited. Use fire rings which were constructed for that purpose.
Tree cutting is prohibited. Use only wood that is found on the ground.
Please pack out trash. Trash cans are located at each trailhead.
The taking of plants, animals, rocks, fossils, artifacts and other items is prohibited and punishable under federal laws and regulations by fines up to $250,000.
Endangered Golden-cheeked Warblers are in the area from February to August. During this time and during hunts, please reduce noise and remain on the trail.
The Crockett Garden Spring and Falls is an environmentally sensitive area, do not bathe or wade in the spring stream or slide down the falls.

Directions to Georgetown Lake


Driving from North ( Belton Area )

OFFICE - Driving south on IH 35, take exit 262 ( aka Williams Drive or FM 2338 ). Turn right on Williams Drive at redlight and continue for approximately 5 miles to D.B. Wood Road. Turn left on D.B. Wood Road and continue for approximately 0.5 miles to Lake Overlook Drive. Turn right on Lake Overlook Drive and continue 1 block. Turn right to access the Project Office or continue into Overlook Park to access the conference room parking lot.

CEDAR BREAKS PARK - Driving south on IH 35, take exit 262 ( aka Williams Drive or FM 2338 ). Turn right on Williams Drive at redlight and continue for approximately 5 miles to D.B. Wood Road. Turn left on D.B. Wood Road and continue for approximately 2.5 miles to Cedar Breaks Road. Turn right on Cedar Breaks Road and continue approximately 1.5 miles to the park.


Driving from South ( Austin area )

OFFICE - Driving north on IH 35 take exit 261( Hwy 29). Turn left across IH 35 and continue approximately 1 mile to D.B. Wood Road. Turn right on D. B. Wood Road and continue approximately 4 miles to Lake Overlook Dive. Turn left on Lake Overlook Drive and continue 1 block. Turn right to access the Project Office or continue into Overlook Park to access the conference room parking lot.

CEDAR BREAKS PARK - Driving north on IH 35 take exit 261( Hwy 29). Turn left across IH 35 and continue approximately 1 mile to D.B. Wood Road. Turn right on D. B. Wood Road and continue approximately 2.5 miles to Cedar Breaks Road. Turn left on Cedar Breaks Road and continue approximately 1.5 miles to the park.


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  • Helen B.

    Great photos, Cabe. My ankle's much better and I'm going to run 3M. See you this weekend!

    January 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks for the wright up David... You're the real deal. At 55 years old you made that hike look like a walk in the park.

    January 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Helen... How is your Leg? I hope everything is back to normal. YES! David was a great hiking buddy. You would have enjoyed more than the trail and scenery, because he brought music and great convo. Which made the hike seem shorter than it really was. When its only 2 people, it is a gamble if your going to click. I look forward to hiking with you. David is going to help me plan the next one.

    January 25, 2011

  • Helen B.

    Cabe, it sounds like you guys had a great time. I don't think I've ever seen a nicer (or longer) comment about a meetup than David Kruse's note. It made me wish I could have been there even more. Count me in next time!

    January 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    . . . An incredible hike. Lake Georgetown had a little bit of everything - great views and lots of different terrains, but nothing too strenuous that would make going 27 miles too difficult. Cabe was amazing. His brought the wrong shoes, yet never complained or slowed down. What a pleasure he is to hike with. It was the first time around for both of us so we got off track a couple of times. No problem for Cabe even when I took us down the wrong path. The truth is, even though I've been hiking for quite some time, I've never done a marathon length. So this was a challenge for me. We started a little after 7am and finished a little after 6pm. I felt no different than I normally do after hiking 8-10 miles. Incredible experience Cabe, can't wait to go again! And the medal at the end - you are amazing.

    January 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great. Better than I expected. And the view of the lake from many perspectives are very great!

    January 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know!!! nice wake you up weather!!!!

    January 12, 2011

  • Helen B.

    If Saturday's sunrise is anything like this morning's, we're in for a treat.

    January 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    i guess its working...

    January 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think this is what most every one wanted.

    January 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    As mentioned in the details... I have currently decided to meet at the headquarters at 0630 which gives us a 30 min window for trouble shooting additional questions and concerns before we kick-off. I am open to any suggestions

    January 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well Alex, Let me first welcom you to the group and appologize for the lack of info. But I am also very new to organizing these meetings. I am more adventurous than tedious, so when I ever I plan these meetups please feel free to ask me any specific questions. As for the car pooling... after we have a good RSVP list I would like to leave it up to all of you to decide on car pooling. I myself will be coming from Manor if anyone needs a ride.

    January 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    "Clear details?... Might you have a specific question. Maybe others are thinking the same.. but I need to know what you mean.. I have included everything I could think of."

    January 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in San Antonio and interested in joining along, but I don't see any clear details as to where you're actually meeting up... at the trailhead I'm assuming?

    January 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes we are.. I am going to bring some matches maybe a little bit of coal and some marsh mellows baby!!!

    January 4, 2011

  • Helen B.

    Hey Cabe, are we going to be able to have a campfire?

    December 6, 2010

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