Hike to Gorman Falls

2.6 miles 344 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Korey Taylor

A unique "living" waterfall with 65 feet of cascading water.

Gorman Falls is truly a gem of the Texas Hill Country. This waterfall is situated in Colorado Bend State Park, one of the most diverse state parks in the area, and is what is considered a "living" waterfall. While most waterfalls will get smaller over time, Gorman Falls gets bigger. This is due to the high concentration of carbon dioxide in the water that runs through the large limestone deposits in the area. Changes in temperature and pressure dissolve minerals in the water forming deposits on tiny underwater plants and surfaces. Over time the deposits build up and form a rock called Travertine, which has made Gorman Falls 650 feet wide and 60 feet thick over millions of years. However, these soft layers of Travertine can be crushed so they area right around the waterfall is restricted to foot traffic in order to preserve the fragile environment. So be respectful to the area if you visit, it's still a stunning sight!

The entrance to Colorado Bend State Park is off FM 580 in Bend, Texas. If you are visiting the park just for the day there is a self-service pay station right as you enter on the right. If you are planning to stay the night you must continue along the park road for another 6 miles to the park headquarters to pay for a camping site. Gorman Falls Trailhead is located right near the park entrance and conveniently has a parking lot at the start. The trail itself is 3 miles roundtrip, however the park does have a free two hour scheduled group tour that will take you on a shorter 1.5 mile hike to the falls (call ahead for times if interested in the tour). The hike itself is pretty rugged through an arid, hot landscape that is surrounded by thousands of cacti. It's best to start as early as you can to beat the heat and make sure you bring lots of water.

$6 Entrance Fee (Free with TX State Parks Pass)

Read More

Tags

Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
River
Scenic
Waterfall

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

even in winter, the sun is fierce!

Visited in November and while the weather was cooperative, the sun is very fierce. The path is rocky and full of stones so if you're traveling with a dog, beware their paws if they're not used to hiking. The falls are very beautiful, but I think a couple angles from pictures here are only possible if you don't obey signage warning to keep off the falls...the area near them for relaxing is very small and there's not much to look at besides the falls themselves. But their beauty bumps overall review up into a 4.

Worth the hike

My boyfriend and I camped at Colorado Bend State Park the first weekend in April, hoping the weather would cooperate. We did the Gorman Falls hike on our last day, and it was a great end to our weekend. I should note though, that there is little shade on the whole hike so bring lots of sunscreen so you don't get burned like we did! The waterfall area is nice and cool, though it gets to be a steep downhill slope so make sure to have good hiking boots and to hold on to the railing they have set up on each side of the path. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to see the biggest waterfall in Texas!

nice review

that was good

about 5 years ago

This hike is definitely worth it! My friend and I hiked it in September and the Grotto at the end of it is breathtaking! I would plan on getting to the end and taking some lunch or snacks and just enjoying the view there for awhile.

Explorer

🥇Top Contributor

about 5 years ago

This is a must see if you live in Texas. Colorado Bend is a park where you definitely feel like you are in a remote area. Deer will even walk right up to you and will linger around your campsite. Gorman Falls is beautiful and very unique to Texas!

Stay Nearby

Burnet, Texas

New Listing! 1 Acre Lakefront Home W/ Fishing Dock

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Enjoy swimming and fishing from the waterfront dock of this sparkling 2BR/2...

From $12/night

Burnet, Texas

Luxe Rancho Pacifico Home With Infinity Pool

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Prepare to be dazzled by epic Hill Country views at this plush 3BR/2BA Burn...

From $408/night

Kingsland, Texas

Lakefront Oasis W/ Private Dock & 23’ Boat Slip

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Discover a private lakefront paradise at this 3BR/3.5BA all-suite home! Per...

From $143/night

Burnet, Texas

Lbj Lake House W/ Private Boat Dock

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Directly on Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, this 3BR/2BA property boasts a private ...

From $119/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to Spicewood Springs via Spicewood Canyon Trail

    Spicewood Spring is a spring-fed swimming hole in Colorado Bend State Park and can be reached in one of two ways. There is an out and back trail that will take about 3.6 miles round trip if you just want to swim, but I prefer turning it into a sce...

    3.8 miles 288 ft gain

  • Catch a Sunset at Badu Park

    Located in the small but fun town of Llano, Texas, Badu Park is a great location for catching a sunset, fishing, picnicking, or just plain chilling. This location is located about an hour and a half west of Austin, Texas (75 miles) but is well wor...

  • Hike the Inks Lake State Park Trail

    The Inks Lake State Park Trail is a 4.7 mile loop trail located within Inks Lake State Park, just outside of Burnet, Texas. Only a small portion of the trail follows the lake, then it veers off through the rocky and hilly terrain of the Texas Hill...

    4.7 miles 347 ft gain

  • Camp at Inks Lake's Pecan Flats

    Inks Lake is located northwest of Austin and is home to about 200 campsites. For a more unique experience and to be set away from the parks many visitors, choose the Pecan Flats Trail Primitive Camp which is about a mile hike from the Pecan Flats ...

    2 miles