We recently traveled to one of Texas’ best kept secrets – Colorado Bend State Park located just outside San Saba, TX.
When you ask a Texan if they have ever heard of Colorado Bend State Park, many say no. Those that say yes, say it’s their favorite state park!
Like many of our state parks here in Texas, Colorado Bend offers 5,300 acres of unspoiled wilderness where you can hike, camp, fish, swim, mountain bike, boat or explore caves. But the featured attraction is Gorman Falls a 60-foot waterfall tumbling over a cliff of lush, tropical vegetation.
This was Lucas’ first challenging hike and he traveled the 2-mile round trip like a champ!
After the hike, we headed down to the river for lunch and then to pools fed by Spicewood Springs.
Where do you stay when you visit Colorado Bend State park? If you’re not into tent camping, the pecan capitol of the world will do just fine – San Saba, TX! At the top of the famed hill country of Texas, San Saba boasts diverse appeal, infinite relaxation, and all the charm of a Texas small-town. Explore historical downtown perusing one of Texas’ largest selections of boots and hats at Harry’s, artisan confections and craftsman goods at J.C. Campbell Co. & Mercantile, or stop by Wedding Oak Winery for a glass of wine on the patio. In addition there are eight different pecan orchards including Millican Pecan Company, owners of the Mother Pecan Tree where E.E. Risien first created the famous Texas pecan. The only hotel in downtown is the newly renovated Dofflemyer Hotel which houses guests in big city luxury with all the boutique charm fitting its unique history.
One of San Saba’s best kept secrets is just outside of town – the Regency Bridge. Built in 1939, this bridge is the last drive-able wooden suspension bridge in Texas and crosses the Colorado River.