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Bit off more than we could chew, almost...
User: khdesigns - 10/18/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A

The plan was to finish off the final miles of the trail to complete the entire loop. We have been hiking/camping sections of the 26 miles for the last year. 

We parked one car at booty crossing park, then drove to russell park to our campsite and started hiking back to booty crossing to drive back to Russell park for the night. About 10 miles. 

We left Russell park and hiked to Jim Hogg to rest and eat lunch, also got in the lake to cool off a bit. This section was 3.5 miles give or take. The trail markings start to get confusing as in, non-existent around mile 23 through 26. It started getting late, the sun was setting and we still had a couple of miles to make it to Booty Crossing Park before the gate was locked for the night, along with our ride back to Russell! Eeek 

The last mile was basically a paved sidewalk and we jogged to get to our car, in the dark with headlamps. My husband waited at the gate while I ran to get the car. As I pulled up the guy was there to lock the gate.

The last two miles all I could think about was my bed. We were pretty worn out but WE DID IT! We hadn't set up camp before stepping off so we took it back to the casa for the night.

We camped at Russell Park the next weekend and did some short hikes.

Relaxing and enjoyable.

We live in Georgetown and love the trails around the lake. It's always an adventure. See you on the trails!

 

 

nice, but HOT
User: Sunshinedog - 6/21/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 15.00 Miles Duration: N/A

I have done different sections at different times.  It is rough in spots, about first 2 miles in from TH you will run into hikers, walkers, runners in the early morning, but not many others after that.  The rocky parts at the beggining will kill you and your dogs feet.

After mile 2 there is about a mile of prairie opening that will bake your skin and brain-  I call it the death mile in the summer, but then you come the springs- even in the drought there is enough cold water trickle down the ferns to make life enjoyable again.

Tejas to Sawyer and back
User: crocodile235 - 9/22/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: N/A

I did Cedar Breaks to mile marker 3 and back last year (not as much solitude there), but this time I started at Tejas Camp and went to Sawyer Camp and back.  (Plus a detour down a jeep trail between mile markers 9 and 10 where I discovered a secluded camp site in some trees near a creek/drainage.)  It ended up being around 8.5 miles.

Tejas Camp looked pretty nice, a good quiet place to camp if you don't need amenities (like showers).  Depite it being a gorgeous, not-too-hot weekend, there was no one there.  The toilets are adequate and there's water.  Some of the camp sites are near one another, and others are more secluded.  Most were shaded.

Sawyer Camp, on the other hand, was a mess.  If they're not going to fix up the old toilet structure, they should just knock it down--it's an eyesore.  Several of the fire/grill pits were broken and/or overgrown with grasses and vines.  There was litter scattered around.  The one picnic table there was OK.  The lake level was low, and if you needed to go down to pump water, you'd have quite a trek.   I saw only one, maybe two camp sites that would be worth pitching a tent in, and that's being generous due to the lovely solitude.

The trail itself was pretty good.  Lots of varied terrain, switching from open fields to wooded sections to rocky outcroppings.  I only saw a couple of other people the whole time.  There were some sections where grasses have grown over rocks on the trail--it would be easy to twist an ankle or crash your bike here.

Diamond in the rough. 11 minutes form Austin CIty Limits
User: jvmx - 6/22/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 22.00 Miles Duration: N/A

We dropped in at the Cedar Breaks trail head and waked the full south shore of the lake. 11 Miles out. 11 miles back.

We saw very few people the entire 24 hours. On a weekend where we could not get a reservation at any state park with 100 miles of Austin.

  • There is nothing at the Cedar Breaks trail head other than a tidy parking lot. No water. No Trash cans. Nothing.

  • The "map" they pass out at the gate is the same PDF that you get on the web. ( http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/georgetown/images/gtwn%20images/images/HikingTrailCDW.pdf ) IF you are an orienteering person: forget it. Perhaps the USGS quads are available.

  • The trail is not well marked, but very easy to follow. Our only confusion was to turn off on the feed trails Cedar Hollow Camp and Sawyer Camp. There are rck sign structures to mark the trail junction, but the wooden part that told you what is going on has rotted away.

  •   Crocket Garden/ Knight Springs was nice and cool. Good spot to filter water. (mile 2.5 or so)

  • Cedar Hollow Camp was empty other that one group of campers: despite the fact it was a Saturday night in June. It looked very nice. There are no facilities or clean water there. We pumped lake water here to purify it. We did not stay here. It did look nice. There were some boaters who looked like they were about to do "Drive Up Camping"

  • Sawyer Camp (Mile 6.5 ?) was up the hill a bit form the lake. There was not a single person there. We got there about 5 PM on a summer saturday. So if you are looking for a get away: this could be it. Getting to the lake to get water was a bit of a scramble thru some medium thickets. Bothe Sawyer and Cedar Hollow have old abandoned outhouse facilities. These are so abandoned that they have neglected to even tear them down. They are not useful: if you are the kind of hiker who needs potty....

  • From mile 7 to 10 the grass grows in on the trail so Knee high socks or long pants are advised. (not to mention the waves of grasshoppers you will upset: it was like a biblical /plague but cool!)

  • Tejas Park Campground is the one at the extreme West end. Very nice facility: But it is a "Drive up and camp" place. Despite this we were the only one to stay the night. Its clean an the land around it is very nice. Lots of room if you have kids who want to run in the open meadow. There is a single water socket with running water and restrooms.

    NOTE: The old guy who care takes the Tejas facility is very nice: but I get the impression that he has to have the rules followed. This means make sure you print your reservation slip or have it on your iPhone.

    * You never get to far from the noises of boats, farms or highways. But you don't see too much of it.

    We will go back and probably do the north shore before summer is out.
User: crocodile235 - 4/1/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
User: ValEpiscopo - 3/24/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 14.00 Miles Duration: 5 hours
Hiked Good Water Trail from trail head to Sawyer Creek Hollow and back.
Crockett Gardens
User: Riff Raff - 3/24/2012  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.95 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Went out to Crockett Gardens and back. Terrain was different than I remembered, because the lake level was significantly higher than I'd ever seen it before. The waterfall going directly into the lake was beautiful, and the irises were in full bloom along with other wildflowers.

Great escape from the city
User: tarrains - 3/24/2012  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: N/A

We started off by a few fishing areas and hiked four miles around the bend, up and down a hill, and through meadows to a friends campsite. We swam some but freaked out when we saw a snake. We fished some but it wasn't a good time of day. The camp site was very secluded. We hiked back in a race to beat the sun. The hill was much harder on the quick return. This lake has interesting and has ever changing terrain, beautiful scenic overlooks, and very open but secluded campsites. Sorry I can't remember the names of the trails or campsites.

Good Place for Family and Dogs
User: estudio64 - 3/17/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 2 hours
My girlfriend and our dog joined our friends' family which consisted of a three-year-old, a six-year-old, a 15-year-old, and a 17-year-old. Everyone, dog included, enjoyed the hike. Being that we had such a large group, we didn't venture much further than the first stem trail to the lake shore that we found, but it was a great place to get some sun, skip rocks, and look for spiders. On our short journey, I was struck by the seemingly endless splay of junipers that nestled us on either side of the trail. Staring deep into it, an expansive feeling overtook me, like looking into two mirrors facing each other or taking in the relentless dark of Longhorn Caverns. The moment, however brief, filled and nurtured a heart otherwise troubled by the constant pressure to correct disruptive and destructive behavior of children and dog. Illusions can heal. Often, they are the only thing we can look to.
The Big Loop
User: Trailmagic - 7/17/2011  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 27.00 Miles Duration: N/A
The Goodwater trail is connected all the way around the lake. 27 total miles approximately. I completed the loop in an overnighter with about 5 other folks from the Austin hiking meet up group. Excellent overnight backpacking trip. We left from Jim hogg and camped at Sawyer.. then completed the loop in the morning. A couple of things.. you can fill water at the overlook and entrance station, so don't over carry on the first day..you can also fill water at Camp Tejas on day 2 which is an easy hike after the camp out.. The trail is overall Flat, but its on limestone nearly the whole way and can create some significant foot pain so wear sturdy shoes and walk carefully.. This is an excellent long walk close to Austin.
Changed my mind
User: texaskdog - 2/13/2011  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Decided that we aren't really ready for an 11 mile hike so decided to try once again to find Tejas Camp and hike 2 hours round trip, exactly one year from our last visit, to the east side.  Enjoyed it much more this time.  We lost the trail out of Tejas as it hit the water but climbed up and found it.  Near mile 9 climbing the hill was really cool.  We got to mile marker 8 which seemed like a logical place to turn around.  on the way back we followed the main trail which actually goes way out of the way.  Saw a plane lose its engine but got it back on and went to Georgetown, looked like danger coming.

Beautiful loop trail. Recommended!
User: voolevoonye - 2/5/2011  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 12.00 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 15 minutes

Beautiful trail, and so close to Austin! This was my first and I will definitely come back for the rest of it. Did only 6 miles in and back (12 total) this morning. We started at the Cedar Breaks trailhead and went clockwise. Yesterday was a snow day so when we started around 9:30am we still had some snow on the ground and some of the falls were frozen! The drawback was that on the way back it all became muddy :-) We were alone for most of the time; only when we headed back afternoon we saw a few hikers and couple of families. Note that my rating referrs only to the first 6 miles clockwise. Will come back for the whole loop in spring.

User: Frank James - 6/13/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Started out at Cedar Breaks trail head and hiked it to the lake shore. I enjoyed this one very much. I wish i could of went further but my chi's couldnt make it any more. I had to carry one back lol. Very fun though its covered by trees so it wasnt hot at all. Not to secluded i passed 2 bickers and 2 pairs of other hikers. All in all it was fun.

Great beginner trail
User: Crazydad - 5/29/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Took my daughter there today for the first time. Started at the Cedar Breaks trail head and headed in for 2 miles. Interesting variety of terrain from smooth to rocky that kept the hike interesting. Trail is mostly shaded, so even though it was mid 90's, it was not too bad. Make sure to wear good shoes, my daughter was wearing tennis shoes and her feet were hurting by the end of hike because of the rocks.
User: jinxleah - 5/10/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

I went to the Jim Hogg trailhead yesterday afternoon. This was my first of many visits. It took me 3 hours to hike because there is just so much to see and explore. I can't wait to see the rest of the trail! On my visit there were only three groups of people there. Me, the folks in the speedboat on the lake, and the folks manning the Corps of Engineers station. It made for a very nice hike.

End of our hike around the lake
User: sandew - 5/9/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: N/A

This was our 2nd trip around the lake, doing several miles each time usually weekly.  We saw different things that we didn't see last year. 

There's a candy box on the trail going east from Russell park that marks the turn along the fence to head north.  It was helpful as due to the rain the trail that goes alon the road was under water.  This was during January 2010.

We finished this year going east to west this time, as the last 2 miles is flat headed to Tejas camp, we felt this was a little easier than the opposite direction, in any case it's 11 miles, so started at 8 am and finished at 3pm. 

The only thing we had forgotten about was the hill you had to climb (24 steps up and 19 down) before getting to the flat land.  We may have taken the lower route last year due to the drought, but not able to do it this year.

Can't wait to start the hike when it's cooler again next fall (usually start about November).

Peaceful, easy spring hike- so many bluebonnets!
User: MaCtAzTx - 4/11/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

We're estimating we only went three miles because of frequent stops to look at wildflowers or other interesting things. It was a cloudy day but brilliant with all the bluebonnets. We were fascinated by the wide variety of trees, flowers and plants as new transplants to TX.

We did an easy hike starting to the right of the parking lot-(Lake Overlook Rd entrance),  then turned around knowing from what we read the trail goes on forever. Would've loved to gone further but did not have proper supplies: bug spray, extra snacks & h20. Only passed a few other people which was great. Would like to try another park entrance and do some trails on a more scenic part of the lake.

Not really my kind of hike
User: texaskdog - 2/14/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Tried to find the Tejas camp on the west end and couldnt locate it.  Wound up in someone's driveway and had to back out.  Finally found the east end.  They dont let you on the dam anymore.  Takes 20 minutes of walking to even get to the lake, and the path doesn't really go close to the lake.  Pretty redundant til you get to the falls and that was just okay as you see it from the top, then we turned around.  Temperature dropped 15 degrees at the halfway point so wasn't too fun an experience for us.

Great hike! Mostly treed
User: sandew - 4/6/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 28.00 Miles Duration: 1 day, 6 hours

Every 5-6 miles we hiked were different.  Winter time was the best, no bugs or wildlife to interfer with walk.  There is 26 miles marked, but doubled a lot of the miles.   

Two bridges are around MP 3, and two hills are around MP 7, there are three primative camps, two on the south side of lake. 

Good all around hike
User: westtexas - 3/18/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 23.00 Miles Duration: 13 hours

We did the majority of the complete loop this past weekend, March 14-15 '09.    We started at Cedar Breaks and worked clockwise, although in the future I'd probably reverse that and go counter-clockwise, getting the few miles of paved road and dam out of the way first.    Due to a late start on Saturday, combined with a variety of stops to view scenery, etc. we started to worry about getting over to Walnut Springs in time to set up camp in the daylight.  It was a 15 mile stretch from Cedar Breaks to Walnut Springs, and for a trio of 40+ year old backpackers in questionable shape, it was a little much.   To ensure we'd make it in time to Walnut Springs, we opted to take the old Hunt low-water concrete crossing bridge instead of going all the way to the Tejas crossing, saving a little over 3 miles.  Thus the reason for me posting that we did 23 miles of a 26 mile loop.  The Hunt crossing was high and dry, and the river / lake is so low that we could have actually crossed a mile or so before even the Hunt crossing.   We ended up at Walnut Springs around 5pm, and thanks to the recent rains, the burn ban had been lifted for the weekend allowing us to have a campfire.  The following day we headed out of Walnut Springs, stopping at Russell Park to fill up on water.  The hiking was nice with the cooler weather, although it was overcast and misting rain off and on.  But the pain was the muddy trail, and the gumbo mud collected quickly on your boots forcing you to frequently clean them off or suffer what felt like was lugging an extra 10 pounds on each foot.    As noted earlier, when you're already tired, finishing off the trail with a 2 mile hike across the dam and then paved roads (uphill) isn't the most pleasant of endings, so in the future we'll go the other way.   Also, unless you're just a gung-ho speed hiker, and instead want to enjoy the hike, I'd probably break it up into a  3 day outing with shorter hikes.  Plus I'd go when the trail is a little dryer.   All in all, great scenery and decent solitude (we saw only a couple of groups on the trail and one group near us at the Walnut Springs Camp).   We'll definitely do this one again!  Long loops are rare in Texas!

Just to the falls and back
User: seamonkey78704 - 1/1/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

This is the first time I've been up to this park, or lake Georgetown at all, and it's also the first hike I've logged on this site, though I will have to decide if I'm allowed to log ones I've done, before I discovered austin explorer. I also had to decide how I'm going to rate these trails. I decided that I have to rate things in terms of Texas and local parks, as opposed to all trails everywhere... so, in terms of comparing this hike against, say, Yosemite up to the top of Half Dome, I'd rank it a 2, but as compared to other Austin stuff, such as Pedernales or the Barton Creek Greenbelt when the water is running, it's more like a four (with those two being the best ones around, and therefore 5's). I will try to keep an even balance on difficulty though, and other than a couple small hills and some uneven rock, this trail was pretty easy, hence the 2. Anyway... this was  a great hike, and I may come back out and backpack the whole thing sometime.

User: infernoii - 12/25/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Very enjoyable hike.  We drove up from San Antonio and had a late start so we didn't start hiking until about 3pm.  We passed two groups on the way there and two groups on the way back and no boats in the water.  It has been very dry so we took the trail down through the brambles to see the falls from below.  Our dogs enjoyed the walk as well, although the trail is very rocky and I was a little concerns they would cut their paws on the sharp rocks.  We were lucky enough to see the sun set over Georgetown Lake on the way back which was beautiful.  Over-all, a very nice hike.

User: _Rat_ - 10/17/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 28.00 Miles Duration: 1 day, 4 hours, 30 minutes

Started @ Tejas Camp at 4:00 PM on Friday, heading East along the South shore; the plan was to make Cedar Hollow before nightfall.

Quite a bit of the trail is overgrown with bloodweed (not impassable tho) and it is above head height. other areas are overgrown but with low growth. Just stick to the map, and the base of the hill, and you will be fine.

Met two hikers at Sawyer Camp turn, met the third of their party about a quarter mile up the trail.

Made Cedar Hollow about 7 PM. Plenty of time to go to the lake and get water as well as set up camp. Hit the hammock around 9 PM woke up at 10:15 to voices, other hikers had arrived it seemed: one even had a hammock!

In the morning made another trip to the lake for water, very cool steam rising off of the lake, quiet, no boats out yet, water softly lapping the bank; I finished my coffee at the lake and headed to camp. Packed up and left at 8:30 AM. The plan is to make Walnut Camp today (about 15 miles or so).

Heading East along the South shore the trail is great, a little muddy from recent rains, but not so bad it clogged up my shoes, nice and cool also, a great weekend for hiking! Heading North across the Dam blows, it's a long walk on pavement, but you make good time.

I stopped at Jim Hogg to eat lunch and re-water. This is the first time I have been on the new addition, very nice!

I see a few people around the trailheads, but nowhere else, except a few MBikers whizzing by! Man, those guys make great time.

I arrived at Walnut Camp @ about 4 PM, tired and sore, but in a good way. The campsite is still in the cleanup process from the floods last year, bulldozers, trash and stuff all over the place. This is my first visit to Walnut Camp, very nice spot if you are a tent camper, but not so much if you are a hammocker, like me. The trees are BIG, beautifull and too far apart. So after an hour or so of R&R I walked down to the lake to re-water, strapped on the pack and headed out to find a more suitable place to hang for the night.

I realized the farther I got down the trail, with no nice hammocking spot to be found, I might as well just head on back to Tejas. So I did.

I arrived in Tejas @ 8:15 PM comlpeting the loop. I touched every Mile Post except 22, I must have missed it, so I hit 11 twice!

I had a great time, the weather was perfect, the trail in pretty good shape (and the part that wasn't didn't bother me, but it may some people), not many people, just a perfect weekend hike!

 

Crockett Gardens
User: Riff Raff - 7/27/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.20 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Did the popular Cedar Breaks Park to Crockett Gardens portion of the trail today.  Saw nobody at all on the trails going out, and only two groups close to the trailhead coming back.  Plenty of boaters as always, though I was blessfully spared from those blasting music today.

Great Hike
User: bspross - 6/22/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.20 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

We did the Crockett Falls/Crockett Gardens portion of this hike.  It was very secluded.  If you make it to the falls, make sure you go past the sign that points to who knows where.  The falls is a little farther up the trail.  I went off in the direction of the sign, but there was nothing but stickers and an overgrown path.

 

Also, make sure that you do not stop until you get to the falls.  There is a wall on the trail that looks a little like it is the end, but the trail keeps going on the other side.

 

A lot of the trail was shady, but it was hot in the unshaded portions.   Take some water.

cedar breaks to crocket gardens
User: gpshiker - 3/16/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours

out and back .  heard lots of different birds.  an enjoyable morning.

Nice hike along the lake.
User: rad - 3/15/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Did the hike saturday morning with TexasNick while geocaching along the trail finding the Scout Law series by Gtbevo.  Not many people out hking early, but there were a few that we saw on the return journey.  Great weather, scenery, and fun geocaching!!  Loved the falls and Crockett Gardens!!

Great Hike
User: TexasHiker12 - 3/8/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 26.00 Miles Duration: 10 hours, 40 minutes

Started at Cedar Breaks Saturday at 9:00am and made it to Tejas Camp at around 2:15pm.  Paid $6 and stayed the night.  Nice place to camp (water, trash cans, toilets, tent pads, and plenty of trees to setup a hammock).  Headed out around 8:00am the next morning and completed the loop at about 2:30pm.  Lots of mountain bikers on the north side.  My only real complaint is the lack of trail markings once you get to Russell Park and Jim Hogg (no signs telling you which way to complete the loop).  Overall a nice hike that offers many benefits.  Next time I'll try and complete the loop in one day- hike on!

A must for all
User: h_meloy39 - 2/7/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Cedar Breaks to Crocket Gardens and back. Great day. First time on Good Water Trail.

 

Absolutely Fantastic
User: bolilloradio - 12/15/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

I've lived in and around Georgetown for over 9 years now and finally I hiked the south side of Lake Georgetown on the Goodwater Trail.  A buddy and I started at Tejas Camp mainly because it allowed us to easily have my wife drop us off and we would be walking with the wind instead of against it.  It was a bit chilly.  The low water bridge at Tejas Camp is not passable for vehicles but you can still walk across it no problem.  The flooding of the summer looks like it hit the area pretty hard; it looked nothing like it did when I was out there a year or so ago swimming.  If you're going to park there, be sure to drive up from the south and not from 3405. 

We only saw one person the whole time and that was in the last 3 miles or so.  No one was on the lake and thankfully there were no hunters around either.  Cedar Breaks Park was actually closed until 3pm that day, I'm assuming for hunters, so we'd had to park my car outside the gates.  There were no crazy muddy spots except at the beginning where the trail seemed to follow the river bed for a bit.  We only lost the trail once (there are lots of deer trails that are sometimes indistinguishable from the actual trail) but quickly found it again by cutting across toward the lake.  Anyway, an absolutely fantastic hike that I think is best made in solitude even if it's 50 degrees.  I can't imagine hiking it having to contend with boats on the lake blasting rock and country music the whole time.

A fun hike
User: mattvad20 - 12/2/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Miles 0-3

A straightforward hike with a few mildly challenging areas; had some geat views of lake georgetown.  Did not meet any other hikers on the trail, which made the trip very nice & quiet.

Great Hike
User: jmv7930 - 12/2/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Started at the Cedar Breaks Trailhead- Hiked to Crockett Gardens and looped back. Never saw another person- very suprised because it was such a nice day. Was expecting the hike to be quite tame but it provided some interesting challenges. Crockett Gardens is a wonderful place to stop and relax. There are also some great views of the lake. Look forward to making the entire loop in the future.

Good Hike...
User: ANDYROOSKY - 11/28/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Another good hike....The trail was a little muddy after you get past the crushed rock and after you get past mile marker 1, you can see how high the water got in the past couple months....My daughter got distracted easily which shortened the hike, but overall it was fun and I would reccommend it to friends......

Fantastic near city hike. Completed the loop
User: ppadey - 11/10/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 28.00 Miles Duration: 2 days, 2 hours

Solo trip - started at Cedar Breaks after drive from Houston.  Frequently lost trail and finally camped at Sawyer (nice site).  Pushed around Tejas to Walnut for day 2 - Camped by noon for an afternoon of fishing.  Hiked back around to and over the dam and drove home.

Fantastic hike - though the trail could use some maintenance.  Bridges near Crockett Springs are falling apart and markings for the trail are few and far between.  If you like route finding challenges, limestone cliffs, cedar and hardwood forest, grassy uplands and cacti - this is a great trip.  Don't forget the fishing pole - you end up camping at Walnut pretty early. 

Quiet, simple walk
User: dee0403tx - 9/29/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: 30 minutes

My first trail from the Texas Hiking site - I parked at Cedar Breaks Park, and had no trouble finding the trailhead.  It was a 6-8 foot wide concrete sidewalk through a wooded, shady area.  I crossed over the dam road on the walk.  I didn't see any other people, and it was very peaceful.  It was almost entirely level - a very easy walk for the part I was on. 

Trail still submerged...
User: millerdw - 9/9/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour

This was my first visit to Lake Georgetown, and I was impressed with what I saw.  There seems to be a lot less visible development than at other nearby lakes, so that was nice.  The part of the trail I was able to access was quite good, and offered a few nice views of the lake and canyon.

I tried to start my hike from Tejas Camp, but the road into to park was washed out.  I drove back to Russell park and hike 1.5 miles or so towards Tejas Camp before the trail went underwater.  I think this area has a lot of potential, so I'll definitely be back once the lake gets closer to normal...

ya won't get far!
User: growly - 7/11/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.80 Mile Duration: N/A
the trail is submerged by the lake before you get to mile 1 marker. Well it was a sweet hike anyway.
WONDERFUL DAY
User: CHEFSHUA - 4/28/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 16.50 Miles Duration: 6 minutes
DORIA WAS THE NICEST WOMAN THAT NOT ONLY HELPED US ORGANIZE OUR HIKE, BUT ALSO SHOWED GENUINE CONCERN AND INTEREST FOR OUR WEEKEND. SHE WORKED THE ENTRANCE GATE AT RUSSEL PARK AND WAS THERE FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON, WHEN WE FIRST ARRIVED UNTIL SATURDAY EVENING, AS WE FINISHED OUR HIKE. WE FIRST ARRIVED TO LAKE GEORGETOWN ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON. MOST OF THE CAMPSITES WERE ALREADY FULL AND WE WERE BECOMING DISCOURAGED AS WE DROVE THROUGH OUT THE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AROUND THE LAKE. WE QUICKLY DECIDED THAT THE WE WERE GOING TO HIKE THE 1.5 MILES IN TO THE FIRST PRIMITIVE CAMPSITES THEN BACK OUT IN THE MORNING TO PREPARE FOR THE HIKE. SATURDAY MORNING WE WERE ABLE TO FIND A VERY NICE COUPLE TO LEAVE OUR 2 PERSON KAYAK WITH ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE FROM WHICH WE WERE STARTING OUR HIKE. THEY WERE ABLE TO MAKE GREAT USE OF THE KAYAK AS WELL AS MAKE SURE IT STAYED SAFE WHILE WE WERE ON THE TRAIL. LEFT FROM RUSSEL DOCK AT 10:45 AM ON SATURDAY MORNING. WE ARRIVED AT CEDAR BREAKS PARK BY 5:45 PM THAT AFTERNOON AFTER A GREAT DAY OF HIKING. WE MANAGED TO STOP ONLY ONCE FOR 30 MINUTES, OTHERWISE WE WERE ABLE TO KEEP UP A PRETTY GOOD PACE THROUGHOUT THE DAY. WE WOULD HAVE PREFERRED MORE OF THE TRAIL TO BE MORE LIKE THAT ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE LAKE BUT OVERALL WERE VERY HAPPY WITH THE HIKE. AT THE END OF THE HIKE WE MET UP WITHTHE COUPLE AND GOT OUR KAYAK BACK SO THAT WE WERE ABLE TO PADDLE DIRECTLY OVER TO THE RUSSEL PARK DOCKS. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TRIP TO ANYONE, BUT MAYBE WITH THE ADVICE OF LEAVING A LITTLE EARLIER IN THE MORNING TO AVOID THE LATE AFTERNOON SUN.
Hiked newest segment starting in Overlook Park
User: toobsox - 2/16/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 2 minutes
The trail at Lake Georgetown now completely circles the lake. The segment from Jim Hogg Park to Overlook Park is now finished. We parked at Overlook and walked in a couple of miles. The terrain was pretty open and had nice views of the lake.
Tejas to mile marker 9 (north side)
User: Kane - 1/7/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Entered at Tejas camp and hiked 2 miles to mile marker 9 then back. Lots of smaller paths up into the bluffs and others to the river. Nice scenery.
Tejas to Sawyer
User: NewHiker - 12/16/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.60 Miles Duration: N/A
Outstanding weather - shorts and a t-shirt were all that was necessary. Beautiful weekend, for my favorite hike.
Awesome Beginner Hike
User: NewHiker - 11/25/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 26.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Lake Georgetown is wonderful and is one of my favorite places. The solitude is great - only ran into one couple resting at Crockett Gardens and then two others on bikes, who were on the north side of the trail. Although most of this trail is very rocky, I will always enjoy the wonderful views - which can take your breath away. I particularily like 'the Penthouse' at Sawyer...can you find it?
Nice local trail
User: Redwolf - 10/28/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
We've done this trail many times, but have yet to go past Crockett Falls. That's always our turnaround point.
South shore
User: Stylie - 7/19/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I walked the south shore from Cedar Breaks to Camp Tejas with a Shuttle. Excellent walk with an overnight stop at Sawyer Camp. Stylie
Great Hike!
User: PenskeFile - 5/25/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Yesterday, at 5:00 pm I hiked about five miles in from Tejas Camp towards Cedar Breaks (south side of the lake). I did not encounter a soul until I met two people walking their dog just before returning to Tejas about 8:00pm Beautiful views in the San Gabriel Valley. My only caution concerns a 5-10 minute stretch between MP9 and MP8 where the trail passes through waist-high weeds (up to over my head in parts). My exposed legs and forearms were really irritated by the contact.
Awesome,Awesome,Awesome!
User: Rajun Cajun - 5/13/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 10.80 Miles Duration: N/A
This was a wonderful trail. Alot more challenging than I thought it would be. My wife and I hiked it. We ste out from Cedar Break and ended in Camp Tejas. We carried all of our gear for the overnight stay at Tejas. If I had it to do all over again. I would have set-up camp at Tejas and carried a lighter load on the trail. Contrary to the map the trail is not just hiking lakeside. There are hills, fields and bluffs. Offers lost of wildlife (seen 8 deer) and the cactus were in bloom. Only passed a couple of hikers. All-in-all it was a great hike.
cedar breaks to cedar hollow
User: growly - 5/6/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 9.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Parts of the trail were pretty muddy due to rain the last couple days. I hiked roughly 9 miles roundtrip. Trail passes near some cliff drop offs so use caution also crosses a bridge with some planks missing. I had a great time and will return to cover more of the trail.
Overlook Park to Crockett Gardens
User: Riff Raff - 4/16/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Tried going to Cedar Breaks Park but since it was Easter Sunday the park was full. The guy out front recommended that I drive up the road a bit to Overlook Park and start on the trail from there. Overlook Park was just north of Cedar Breaks Park, down D.B. Wood Road. Overlook Park looks to be the northeast corner of the lake.

Unfortunately I didn't realize that from Overlook Park to Cedar Breaks Park isn't really a trail... it's a road. Most of it is just going across the dam, in full sun. It had some excellent lake views around sunset on the way back, but going out it was just really freaking hot walking in full sun on asphalt for two miles. Once you're across you actually run into the back parking area for Cedar Breaks Park and go right by their entrance booth on the way to the trailhead there.

Once I started on the Good Water Trail proper it was highly enjoyable (since there was actual shade, rugged terrain, and all that good stuff). I took it out to Crockett Gardens again, which is a beautiful spot. Ran into maybe thirty people or so on the trail, all total. So not terribly busy. Most of the people I saw were out on the lake, jetskiing, water skiing, blasting incredibly loud stereos across the whole lake, etc. Some really nice lake views along the trail though.
Finishing it off, sort of
User: Austin Explorer - 4/9/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 11.10 Miles Duration: N/A

Hiked the northwestern portion of the trail today, between Tejas Camp and Russell Park. It's flatter on the north side of the lake, though it does get a bit rougher near Russell. Lot's more Sun too.

Encountered an aggresive, but harmless dog on the trail. Seems that if an owner knows that the dog might do this and must hold the dog back by the collar upon encountering people then the owner should also keep the dog on leash in public. Not to mention that trail rules require dogs be on a leash!

With this leg I've completed all of the original 16.6 files of the trail. Now on to the extensions.

Perfect day
User: Austin Explorer - 4/8/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 9.56 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiked the southwest portion of the trail today (between mile markers 6 and 11) and the weather could scarcely be better. Still, I only saw two other people on the trail. Monarch butterflies were on the move and as usual the Turkey and Black Vultures were riding the currents above. The grass is starting to grow up, so the time to hit this trail may be now before things start to get a bit more overgrown.
Nice Hike
User: Kim - 3/11/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 26.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Enjoyed packing around Lake Georgetown. We searched for the trailhead at Cedar Breaks Park (the attendent said it was just at the bottom of the hill) and ended up taking some deer trails instead. Bushwacking was quite fun. A detailed trail map, including the bike trails would be a big plus. There were few other hikers on the trail, except for some Boy Scouts preparing for Phillmont - Go Scouts! The lake water was a bit silty, we treated it and were fixing to start cooking. When the Scouters noticed and offered to filter it for us. What a wonderful good turn. If you're looking for quite this is not the place to go. There was plenty of air traffic and motor boat noise every day. At the end of the Good Water Trail, we followed mountain bike trails the rest of the way around. The trails were well marked with red tape and very nice, it was my favorite part of the whole hike. We saw only one or two bikes the whole day. Because of nice weather, walking over the dam was eazy. On hot days, it would be best to plan the dam crossing as early as possible.
Gentle slopes, lots of rocks
User: seejanplay7 - 2/4/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: N/A
I started at Jim Hogg park and headed west toward Russell park. This section of the trail weaves gently along the side of the lake bluff providing a peaceful walk through typical central Texas flora, lots of Oaks & Cedar. It was peaceful with occasional chirping birds. A minus were the dogs from area (rarely visible) neighborhoods who did go on periodic barking sprees. There are some distant lake views. At one point, the trail crosses a creek and steeping stones have been provided. A small pool is above the crossing area that is feed by a small waterfall ... the size may be the result of the current drought conditions. Overall, this was a very pleasant, enjoyable hike. I am looking forward to traveling other sections. I was pleased to see the total lack of any trash :) Way to go fellow hikers! Sturdy shoes are recommended.
User: dburatti - 2/1/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.90 Miles Duration: N/A
In responce to the person who started at Jim Hogg Park and hiked toward G-town on pavement: From Jim Hogg to Overlook Park, the next park to the east, is natural surface, singletrack trail all 2.9 miles. From Overlook Park toward the city is the Rivery Trail, a 5.5 mile section composed of crished stone, sidewalk-like pavement, and blacktop. It reads like you started at Overlook Park and took the Rivery Trail below the dam, not the Goodwater Trail that circumnavigates the lake. D3wayne
Northbound Trail ... disappointing
User: eeboaz - 1/14/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Just to prefix this brief write-up, the southbound portion of the trail is closed until 01/23/2006. So, my wife and I hiked a small portion of the northbound trail starting from Jim Hogg and walking towards Georgetown. The "trail" is paved, and except for one section where the trail is quite steep it is ridiculously easy. There were a large number of bicycle riders on this section of trail and with the exception of a couple, most were pretty polite. Still, it was a pretty unenjoyable experience that I'll not be repeating any time soon with the exception of when I decide to circumnavigate the lake.
An excellent backpack, without a 10-hour drive!
User: peniro - 11/26/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 17.00 Miles Duration: N/A
My son and I hiked the trail the weekend after Thanksgiving, from Russell Park counterclockwise around the lake, camped overnight at Sawyer Camp, and finished up at Cedar Breaks Park the next day. Gorgeous weather, and pretty good autumn foliage! The trail is open, flat, and unshaded along much of the north side of the lake; I imagine it could be brutal in summer. The south side has a lot more trees, shade, rock, and elevation changes. We saw maybe a dozen people in the entire two days (plus about a half-dozen boats), all but one of them very close to either Cedar Breaks or Tejas Camp (where there is vehicle access). I was surprised to find a nice place to backpack, without a numbingly long drive to get to a trailhead!
Beautiful and Engaging Hike
User: austinsuziq - 11/25/2005  [View Log Page]
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Took the kids to this one too! We only went out about 2 miles in and back...(from the Cedar Breaks Park Trail Head) then they were getting ants in their pants. There were a few climbs and slopes (which my 4 year old LOVED!) The views of the lake were outstanding towards the 2nd mile. It was a bit narrow and I was glad I wore jeans instead of shorts- due to all the brush. I would recommend taking a pack for kids under 4- there are some potentially challenging areas near the cliffs of the lake where I would dare NOT to let my 18 month old down to explore even in the slightest. Once we got back to the 1st mile marker, there was a decent area to put both of them down to rest/drink/snack/etc. Though you do not get to the next official 'park' area until around the 4th mile (called Cedar Hollow Camp)- there are a few decent spots to stop for a moment. It was a great hike... we saw 3 other groups in the hour and a half we were there, which I was suprised by but, it felt very comfortable the entire time. Another thing I liked (from a 'moms point of view') is at the main entrance, they ask for you to sign in- with everyone's names and info. that are in the car- for safety purposes. As far as water... they do tell you in the map to bring water with you- as there are no facilities until approx. 8 miles in (at the Tejas area) Enjoy!!!!
a quiet, rocky hike
User: Chris and Holly - 11/11/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
We started at Cedar Breaks park and hiked to Crockett Gardens and back. On this day, at least, the Good Water trail seemed beautifully isolated and quiet. We only saw two boaters and two other hiking parties. Pay close attention to the brush surrounding the trail; we spied two armadillos snuffling around in the leaves, completely oblivious to us. Also, check out the interesting cacti growing on the left side of the trial between 1.5 and 2 miles; they are small, pickle-shaped plants growing out of the rock. The springs at Crockett Gardens were interesting - around them grew a profusion of elephant ear plants and tiny ferns. Quite a contrast to the otherwise dry, rocky terrain of the Good Water Trail.
Nice hike, but bring a lunch.
User: ninjason - 10/22/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 12.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Rocky trail with nice lake views
User: ruskinmi - 10/16/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 15.00 Miles Duration: N/A
We hiked up to Sawyer Camp and back starting from the Cedar Breaks Park trailhead. The hike offered much variety: lake views, creeks, bushes, interesting rock formations, lots of cacti, and meadowy areas around the camps. Most of the trail was fairly uneven with lots of rocks and stones on the trail - but that was exactly what I was looking for, so I enjoyed it a lot. Also, the trail is fairly narrow at places, so we got to have a lot of contact with the neighboring plants and sometimes cacti. If you don't enjoy this sort of thing, wearing long pants is recommended. Wildlife was more than what I had expected. We saw many deer, an armadillo, and lots of birds. One disturbance during the hike was the annoying and loud sound of way too many boats on the lake. Not only they created sound pollution, but there was much pollution due to fuel from the boats, especially around the still water below the Crockett Falls area. Another serious problem was the trash -cans, plastic and glass bottles, covers of food products- that were lying on and around the trail, the camps, and even at the parking lot! It is amazing how people can hike and still be so insensitive and idiotic to throw away their trash in the face of the nature. Please do NOT be one of them! Overall, this hike has perhaps been the best I've done in Central Texas. I cannot wait to return there in the spring to see the wildflowers blooming and the springs gushing.
Beware south side from Tejas Camp
User: codepink - 10/9/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: N/A
My wife and I usually start from Cedar Breaks and head west, but yesterday we started from Tejas Camp and headed east on the south side of the lake. Big mistake. About 2.2 miles in, the trail narrowed, became difficult to see, then disappeared altogether in the tall grass. It's not impassable, but it certainly wasn't worth the trouble and was a disappointing end to what might have been a nice trail. Guess they've been so busy with the San Gabriel trail that they forgot to maintain this one.
Nice hike in the woods around Lake Geo'town
User: iskarl - 9/20/2005  [View Log Page]
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Hiking to the ruins at Crockett Springs and back was a pleasant outing even in 95 F heat. The trail is fairly shaded through the cedars and oaks from the trailhead parking to the ruins. [Hint: be sure to indicate that you are only hiking the Good Water Trail when you pass through the Corps of Engineers fee booth. The trail parking is free, but the rest is $4 for day use]. Additionally, there is a good spot to cool off in the lake for yourself or your dog companion just before the 1 Mile Marker. The water is really refreshing and surprisingly clear. Unfortunately, this is also the spot where party-boaters come ashore to jump the cliffs and throw their cans and bottles in the process. The first mile is also the most difficult with the washed out loose gravel and stones. So watch your footing here. The closest approach of the trail to the lake shore is also very overgrown due to the abundant 2005 summertime rain. Just after the 2 Mile Marker listen for the spring-fed waterfall across the cove. You can see the falls by taking a few strides into the woods toward the lake. At about the equivalent of 2.5 miles from the trailhead, the ruins at the Crockett Springs area will be seen on the left. The trail actually goes right through the foundation of what was apparently the spring house inside the old fenced corral. BTW, dogs are allowed (leashed) on the trail. If you are quiet, you may see several deer browsing nearby the trail. Question: Does anyone know what the small rock structure is at the point where the trail nears the lake for the first time (about 3/4 mile)? Seems like it was once a marker of some kind, but there is nothing attached to it now. -- Karl V (and canine companion Caesar)
Very nice, pleasant, flexible hike
User: Deerslayer - 8/15/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 16.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This is a wonderful trail. As a Georgetown resident I've had the opportunity to hike it often. It's a very flexible trail as there are various places to turnaround or exit if you are not up for a 16 mile hike. The helicopter one guy was complaining about it "Mr. Helicopter", a local pilot that does heli tours every weekend. I see very few hikers along this trail however many boaters come in to Crockett Gardens. Dog ARE allowed on a leash despite despite what description above says. Anyway, a lot of fun for a short day trip or a weekend long adventure depending on what you want to do.
Finished off the south shore of Lake Georgetown
User: Austin Explorer - 4/24/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I hiked the western half of the south shore of Lake Georgetown starting at Tejas Camp. Now I just need to knock off the northern shoreline. Overall the western side is not as rocky and rough as the eastern side, but there are some rough spots between the large open areas. I think there might tend to be fewer people here than on the eastern half and fewer boats venture this far west.
I saw three mountain bikers on the trail, which surprised me because I thought bikes weren't allowed on the southern shoreline.
Great trail, need to see more
User: Albert - 4/9/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiked this trail today in beautiful weather (80 degrees, sunny), starting from Cedar Breaks Park. Went all the way out to the 4 mile marker and then headed back, arriving in the parking lot at 7pm. This is a beautiful trail that mostly hugs the shoreline, and at one point we actually witnessed people jumping from one of the cliffs into the lake! Our only complaint about hiking the trial today was the huge number of caterpillars hanging from silk over the trail. It was impossible to avoid running into these, and we must have each brushed off over 100 of them by the time we were through with our hike. Also, be careful of the cacti that encroach upon the trial, especially between miles 3 and 4, as we both discovered brushing against one can be quite painful. We only saw roughly ten other people during our four hour hike, but the proximity to the lake means you're going to hear lots of boats at full throttle, and of course people whooping it up, especially on nice weekends such as this one. I look forward to traversing more of this trail (would be great to backpack the entire length over a weekend), as well as trying some mountain biking on the northern trails.
Great all-day trek
User: Austin Explorer - 3/19/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 12.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Did an out and back on the first 6 miles of the trail, for a bit over 12 miles total. Saw only a handful of people on the trail, but a lot of boaters. The hovering helicopter was the biggest annoyance though.

The weather was pretty right up until the end of my hike when the rains rolled through. Almost perfect timing. Unlike my previous trip, the vegetation here was well under control. A few spots of high grasses, but nothing annoying.

The water flow at Crockett Gardens Falls was the best I had seen there. The wetter weather earlier in the year does have its advantages.

Section from Russell Park to Jim Hogg Park
User: gtbevo - 3/5/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
This is a great section of trail along the Good Water Trail around Lake Georgetown. The trail is well defined and easy to follow but you still feel the solitude. You get only occasional glimpses of the lake though but that also cuts down on the noise you hear from boaters. There is one area where you are pretty near a subdivision but you might not even notice if you don't look up at the right time.
Beautiful short hike
User: dburatti - 9/20/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.30 Miles Duration: N/A
This section of trail I hiked is the newest extension of the Goodwater Trail. It starts in Russell Park & ends at Jim Hogg Park. It includes lake views, a rolling crown switchback, an armored creek crossing, an old rock wall, and the typical limestone, cedar, and cacti. This section was built & is well maintained by the Austin RIdge Riders Mountain Bike Club. The next extension between Jim Hogg and Overlook Park starts in October and will complete the loop around the lake. For more info, contact me at dburatti@grandecom.net. Dewayne
Not the best time of year
User: Austin Explorer - 9/18/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: N/A

Only made it out to Crockett Gardens. The trail is not regularly maintained and the trail was choked with high grass. It was so thick at Crockett Gardens that it was almost impossible to see the trail and I was soaked from the dew on the grass. I've been on this trail before and it's great, but not too much fun today!

Nice Lakeside Falls
User: Riff Raff - 4/18/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiked out from Cedar Breaks Park to Crockett Falls (about 2.5 miles out). Fairly rough terrain for a lot of the trail, nice scenery overlooking Lake Georgetown, and a very interesting area around Crockett Falls. Saw about a dozen people on the trail on a Sunday afternoon, which wasn''t bad. Much more intrusive were all the powerboats, jet skis, and fishing boats with loud music cruising around. All in all a very nice hike though, and I''ll have to try going farther out and/or a different part of the big loop another day.
Good hike. Miles 0-7 are rough.
User: rmtjr - 4/13/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 29.60 Miles Duration: N/A
Water plentiful in mid April. Getting water from the lake at Cedar Hollow is easy, but finding a tent site is difficult with the rocks and slope. Water at Sawyer Camp requires wading in the lake to get some depth for pumping. Careful past MP 9. The two track trail splits. The corrrect route is to the right thru the fence and trees. No trail marker. MP 10 must be missing. (I didn't see # 12 either.) Look to the right after passing the trail marker at the end of the field after crossing the little dam. The two track trail around the edge of the field starts to parallel a path in the trees that goes straight to Tejas Camp. Tent sites at Tejas are $6.00/night. On the north side of the lake I lost the trail in the Walnut Springs Creek bottoms. I did not see the trail or a trail marker on the other side of the creek. Walnut Springs Camp is pretty rough. The privy is under construction. Returning the same route be careful after leaving Tejas Camp. The path through the trees that you followed earlier eventually goes down to the river while the Good Water Trail follows along the two track around the field and away from the river. The path just east of Cedar Hollow Camp is hard to see when it splits from the two track. The turn off is about 50 yards east of the Camp. When I passed there, there was a stack of three flat stones marking the path through the bushes. Trekking poles or a staff are certainly handy for miles 0-7. Lots of rock! After mile 7 there was little elevation gain or loss, except for a hillock at mile 9. At the same time the rest of the trail that I took was mostly in the open and will be pretty hot in the next couple of months.
Great weekend hike
User: schrochem - 3/20/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 16.60 Miles Duration: N/A
I started out from Cedar Breaks and camped near Sawyer, then the next day finished the hike at Russell. The southern part of the trail is MUCH better. By that I mean it is more of a trail. Basically after mile 9 you are on caliche road the rest of the way. It would almost be better IMO to yoyo between cedar breaks to Tejas, although around Russell it is quite nice. After mile 9 I have no idea where the "real" trail was. It was pretty poorly marked and I no doubt missed a turn somewhere. Not a big deal because the roads and fences kind of tell you where to go. I have no idea where Marker 10 is and if you look at the map on this page closer you won''t see it there either ;) Mile marker 15 is almost as elusive and that little side loop from the road was very poorly marked. I really liked the southern portion. I gave the difficulty in the midrange just b/c of length. The terrain is real easy with only a few inclines. I had overcast both days, so the heat of summer would make the northern portion a bit more difficult (there isn''t much shade). The solitude is also midrange. There is plenty of time of being alone but if the lake is active, there is plenty of motor boats and seadoos cranking up the noise as well as the hootin and hollerin. Toward Tejas as the lake narrows to a stream, there are lots of fisherman. I only saw about 6 or 7 sets of hikers over two days and 1 set of cyclists. The northern part is open to bikes. All in all it is a nice hike so close to Austin for the length and the opportunity to backpack.
A wide variety of terrain
User: moore9ksucats - 3/18/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 16.50 Miles Duration: N/A
I've never hiked the whole trail at one time. Each of the access points has differnet terrain to offer and short hikes in and back out never dissapoint. My favorite is Crockets Gardents.
Nice trail
User: schrochem - 2/22/2004  [View Log Page]
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Well I just went to check out a short part of the trail. Started at Cedar breaks (now I see why its called that). Just went in 2 miles and came back out. I really like how the trees close in around you. Going out I didn't really see anybody, but coming back in I saw quite a few. I plan to come back when the complete circumnavigation can be done and backpack it.
Always a Great Hike!
User: oceanus - 2/9/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 16.60 Miles Duration: N/A
I did the entire Goodwater Trail with a group of backpackers this weekend. We dropped a car off at Cedar Breaks Park and drove around to Russell Park, on the other side of the lake. From there, we hiked to Tejas Camp, were we met up with another member of the trip. We continued hiking to Sawyer Camp, were we met up with another group member, and stayed for the night. It was great! We had a nice camp fire and good conversation into the night. Sunday morning we woke up to a chilly morning, but still very nice. Later, we hiked the remaining 6 1/2 miles to Cedar Breaks Park, where our car was waiting. A must try. Enjoy!
User: Blizzard - 12/22/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.80 Miles Duration: N/A
Great trails
Don't tell anyone about this Centex gem!
User: oceanus - 6/27/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 16.50 Miles Duration: N/A
The Goodwater Trail is great, it's the only place in the hillcountry (that I know of) that allows free backcountry camping. The only exception is at Tejas Camp, where the fee is $6.00. The southside of the trail is the best part of the hike. The trail is actually a footpath, as opposed to the north side, and it is more hilly. Cedar Hollow camp is about 4.5 miles from the trail head, but the best spot is 6.5 miles out at Sawyer Camp. This spot sits underneath some large oaks at the foot of a hill right on the lake and solitude is virtually guaranteed. Coyotes serenade every night. The trail vanishes between the end of the 7th and 9th miles, but you can follow fence line most of the way and look for brown trail markers at other times. The 11 mile marker is where you'll find Tejas camp, it is also the only place on the trail to get water from a faucet. A short walk across a road takes you to the north side of the lake. The trail here is an old caliche road, which is flat and easy hiking. The only problem is that there is almost no shade. At 14.5 miles out you'll find Walnut Springs Camp. Since it is so close to the trailhead, it usually has people campng there. The wildlife is decent as well. I've seen turkeys, armadillos, vultures, deer, and lizards, plus this is the only place I've ever heard a large cat of some sort just outside my tent. Overall, the Goodwater Trail is an excellent hike in the Texas Hill Country.
Awesome Hike!
User: Lindsey206 - 4/27/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
WE hiked to crockett springs. There are so many varieties of scenery here. This has been one of my favorite hikes so far. I wish we would have had time to hike further. Trail is easily marked, but kind of difficult in places. I also encountered a poisonous snake along the way, so be careful!
Beautiful wildflower meadow
User: figment - 4/20/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This is an advanced hike, because of the isolation, and the roughness of the trail. There are wildflowers blooming at the waterfall 2.5 miles into the hike. One of the few federal parks in Central Texas.
A waters edge hike
User: outofbounds - 12/28/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.70 Miles Duration: N/A
I hiked on this trail out to the little water fall. I had the trail to myself on the way out but passed 22 hikers on the way back to the car. The is a rocky but mostly level trail. I would have liked to hike more of the trail but had a limited amount of time this morning. This would be a good warm weather hike also because if you get hot you can jump in the lake.
Very quiet
User: Centex Trekker - 3/12/1999  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Met a troop of Boy Scouts on their way home.