2018 Heartland Trail Runner
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Considered the hidden gem of the Texas state park system, Colorado Bend State Park is the perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. Colorado Bend covers over 5,300 acres of wilderness, including caves, rivers, waterfalls, sinkholes, and woodlands. You’ll find plenty of things to do when visiting the park, such as hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing.
Book an RV in San Saba County, Texas and head on over to Bend for an unforgettable camping experience at Colorado Bend State Park. The park is only a two-hour drive from Austin and only 25 minutes from the smaller town of Lometa. Travelers coming from the San Antonio area will also enjoy the scenic drive northwest to Colorado Bend State Park.
One of the many activities you can participate in while camping at Colorado Bend State Park is caving. Take a guided tour through some of the park’s 400 caves, but come prepared to get dirty and possibly even wet as you climb and crawl through tight spaces. In some instances, you may even have to slide through narrow openings into larger chambers of the caves. This is an adventure that will test your strength and stamina.
Hiking is another popular activity in the park, with over 35 miles of multi-use trails ranging in length and difficulty. The three-mile Gorman Falls Trail features challenging, rocky terrain and offers picturesque views of the 70-foot high, spring-fed waterfall, Gorman Falls. Plan ahead for your route and choose hikes which suit your physical capabilities.
Many state park RV campgrounds are located on or near rivers or lakes, and Colorado Bend State Park is no exception. Most of the time, the water that runs through the canyonlands is slow, allowing you to paddle leisurely up and down the river. Launch out from the park’s boat ramp and travel downstream to Lake Buchanan. Kayaking is another favorite pastime for visitors. You can bring your own kayak or rent one from the park for a day on the water.
There are several campgrounds available at Colorado Bend State Park, but most of them are primitive. Contained RVs up to 30 feet long are welcome at the park’s drive-up campground. Most campsites include a picnic table, lantern post, fire ring, and grill. Hookups aren’t available, but generators can be used during certain times of the day. Composting toilets, drinking water, and an open-air shower are located near the campground.
If Colorado Bend State Park’s RV campground is full, Barefoot Camp & RV Park is a good alternative just three miles outside of Bend, southeast of San Saba. This quaint, privately owned RV park nestled near a cattle ranch offers nine covered shelters, a large pavilion, restrooms, showers, and more.
Looking for a closer lodging option? Adjacent to Colorado Bend State Park is Sulphur Springs Camp. State park RV campgrounds tend to fill up quickly during peak seasons, making Sulphur Springs Camp another excellent alternative for those looking to camp nearby. With several sites available along the river’s edge, Sulphur Springs Camp has both short-term and long-term spaces available. Amenities include electric and water hookups, a dump station, restrooms, and showers.
While visiting Colorado Bend State Park, take a day to drive through Texas Hill Country and visit the Fall Creek Vineyard and Winery in Tow. This beautiful vineyard is located on Lake Buchanan just a short drive from the park. Stop by the tasting hall, where you can enjoy wine tastings and learn the history of each wine. The rural community of Lometa also features a few wineries and vineyards, along with restaurants featuring local wines.
The Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park, located in Burnet County near Lake Buchanan, has breathtaking flora and fauna for visitors to enjoy. Wildlife is abundant within the park, and during the winter months, you can even catch glimpses of bald eagles. The Canyon of the Eagles also is a refuge for the endangered black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler. This park is about a 90-minute drive from Colorado Bend State Park.
History buffs traveling through Texas Hill Country will want to set a course for Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, located an hour and a half east of Colorado Bend. Visitors can learn about Temple’s railroad history through informative exhibits and even catch a glimpse of a working rail yard. Or, cool off from the Texas summer heat at Lions Junction Family Water Park. Float along the lazy river, get your heart racing on the park’s water slides, or test your endurance on the aqua climb wall.
No matter where you decide to go next on your RV camping adventure, you’ll find no shortage of fun activities near Colorado Bend State Park.