14130 farm 580 road, bend, TX
Weekend hiking Colorado Bend. This is a beautiful park by the Colorado river that features miles of great hiking and a very distinctive Gorman Falls. We may have an option to do a cave tour Sunday.
Please read the entire description before signing up.
Fitness level: moderate - 10 plus miles of hiking with several steep sections
The park currently provides the outdoor enthusiast with opportunities for primitive camping, hiking, mountain biking, caving, fishing, swimming, paddling, birding and wildlife viewing, as well as guided tours. The trail system offers 32 miles of multiuse routes with something for explorers of every skill level, but no equestrian access. This area of the river is characterized by slow moving water through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado River. Paddlers can travel upstream as well as down to explore or access the park by river; call for current conditions. When Lake Buchanan is near normal levels, the river is navigable for larger watercraft from the park's boat ramp downstream to the lake, approximately 10 miles. Hazards include frequent low water levels and seasonal flood debris. The park rents single and double sit-on-top kayaks and offers a 10 percent discount to Texas State Park Pass holders.
The park is west of Lampasas, southeast of San Saba. From the intersection of U.S. Highways 281 and 183 in Lampasas, take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend and follow the signs four miles to the park entrance. From San Saba, take U.S. Highway 190 about four miles to FM 580 and follow the signs 13 miles to Bend; follow the signs four miles to the park entrance (two miles of dirt road). The headquarters and main camping are six miles past the entrance on the dirt road (unmarked County Road 442). Access road subject to flooding. Note: No gasoline service in Bend.
The Park HQ is located at:
Latitude (degrees, minutes, seconds) N: 31° 01' 22.40"
Longitude (degrees, minutes, seconds) W: 98° 26' 32.67"
I have 2 campsite reserved for a total of 12-16 people. This campground has no electricity or shower facilities. Compost toilets only. Water is in the area but not at each site. This means you need to bring water with you and expect to not shower. It should be cool enough to spend some time in the falls and river thou!
Sites 35-47 are approximately[masked] yards from the river and have a picnic table, fire ring with cooking grill, and a lantern holder. Potable water is in the area, but not at each site. No hookups of any kind. Self-contained RVs (up to 30 feet) are allowed. Generators must be turned off at 10 p.m. No RV sewage disposal facilities available.
Fire ring with grill
Potable water in the area
• Leave from the Spring Park and Ride at noon
• Arrive at camp and setup
• Do a short hike to Spicewood Springs Creek
• Hike 10.5 miles to see Gorman Springs, Gorman falls and several scenic overlooks hike map
• Have dinner at camp
• Do a few short hikes
• Head back home
No Show policy: If you are a no show to any camping event that requires paid sites, you will be put on a black list and not allowed to attend future events until you can show that you can be trusted again.
Refunds: refunds are not offered for these trips to keep the costs low for the group who attend and help cover my costs when I have to cover cancel trips. This also allows us to charge a flat event fee regardless of the campsite or number of attendees. Keep in mind I don't charge membership fees or any other fees.
Expectations: You need to provide all of your own gear, a list of gear needed can be found camping list, Members will typically have cooking stoves. You can rent from Ayoopa, there is a link and 10% discount code on the group page(PC) Always pack rain gear, bug spray, sunscreen and plenty of food and water.
Organizers: We (organizers) are providing a free experience to our members, we will help you setup your gear and help you as we can to make it an enjoyable trip. Houston Outdoors is a group of like minded people coming together to share our outdoor adventures with others. We are here to share our trips with our members and in no way offer a guided event or take any liability for your well being. We are all adults, and each Meet Up is well defined and describes the event and physical requirements, it's up to you to determine if you are capable of the event . In case of emergencies the appropriate emergency response teams will be notified, Houston Outdoors will not provide any emergency aid. You must understand this before signing up, if you want a guided experience, there are many groups you can join and pay for.
I hope everyone understands the need for outlining all the details/liabilities in the details but in these ages its needed, if you don't agree, then DO NOT SIGN UP!
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