Gorman Falls Trail

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Scenic Canyons
The rock canyons are interesting and scenic. (Photo by Blaze)
Another View Of Gorman Springs
The trail to Gorman Springs is shaded and very scenic. (Photo by Blaze)
Gorman Springs
This is a view of Gorman Springs. (Photo by Blaze)
Colorado River
Hikers cooling off in the Colorado River near Gorman Falls. (Photo by Blaze)
Gorman Falls
Gorman Falls is a must-see. Very beautiful and serene. (Photo by Blaze)
Gorman Falls
It is taken in the wrong season, at the wrong time, but the fall itself is still extraordinary. (Photo by ee_achee)
Gorman Falls
David Satterfield provides this nice shot of Gorman Falls. (Photo by )
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True Gems
By Blaze on 6/22/2013
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 11.50 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 24 minutes

This hike spans the River Trail, Old Gorman Road, Gorman Falls, and the Gorman Springs Trail.  Rather than break up my hike for each trail, which would be a lot of unnecessary, self-inflicted work, I will make one single log entry here.  Hopefully, in the future, a single park like this one won't be split into 11 separate locations!

I did this hike as a part of a group.  The River Trail was nice and shaded and provided scenic views of the Colorado River.  We took the Dogleg Canyon Trail up the hill to the Cedar Chopper Loop cutoff, then went back down Old Gorman Road over to Gorman Falls.  On our way back, we hiked up and back on the Gorman Springs Trail, then returned to camp along the River Trail.

I enjoyed this hike very much, even though it occurred on a day when the temperature was close to 100 degrees.  Gorman Falls was a very scenic spot, much like a living postcard.  Gorman Springs was also a very nice hike up a short, shaded canyon along the water.  These two spots made the hike worthwhile and it also highlighted the tremendous diversity in this state park.  In some areas, you see cacti and prairie grass; in others, you see waterfalls, moss and ferns.

The River Trail is a nice walk along the Colorado River.  The mosquitos were not that bad, although a few came out at dusk.  The Colorado River makes for some good swimming and a chance to cool off after the hike. 


Beautiful waterfall is your reward
By rodavenport on 7/28/2012
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 1.70 Miles Duration: N/A

Typical hill country trail. Lots of loose rock and cedar trees. Not a lot of shade so think twice about going mid day during the summer. The last 200 yards is really steep and treacherous. There are cables on poles to help assist in you club up and down. The waterfall itself is extremely beautiful. Consider hopping over to Gorman Spring trail while you are in the area. Well worth the additional 2 miles of hiking.

Beautiful, fun hike~
By pjberonio on 10/9/2010
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Good hike with an awesome payout in the falls area.  My brother in law went back two weeks later without thinking twice.  We were told we could take a stoller most of the way - before I found this site - we were misled and had to leave the stroller behind some trees for a while.   All in all - a great hike!!  We will return.

Nice trial, waterfall is awesome
By no_3of4 on 9/30/2010
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

we got here just after a rain and the falls were nice, the trail down to them is a rough but slow and steady and no issue

Impressive waterfall
By ee_achee on 8/15/2010
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A

The hike itself is one of the classic in Texas (hot, rocky with little shade) but the Gorman falls is truely rewarding.

By cmbarrick on 5/31/2010
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
By blargfest on 3/16/2010
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

There are several hikes that lead you to the falls, but only one is short; that's the one we took. Us, and everyone else in the state of Texas, and their kids, and their dogs... we went on a Sunday afternoon and it was pretty crowded. The trail itself was hot and flat and boring; the path was filled with rocks and tree stumps. Then, after a mile or so, there's a sudden steep descent to the viewing area - there are wire handrails, but old and young people were still having trouble getting up and down it. The waterfall was, of course, awesome, though difficult to take pictures of. The viewing area was more dangerous than I'd expected because some kids had climbed up to higher ground and were knocking rocks and sticks down onto the people below. So, watch your head!

Nice hike
By Chinacareys on 11/27/2009
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

On the day we hiked (4 adults and 7 children) the trail was very crowded.  Waterfalls were great, well worth the hike.  The pictures I had seen didn't do it justice.  Be careful when hiking, it is easy to stumble with all the stumps and rocks in the trail.

By tnkntx on 8/23/2009
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A

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