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Goodwater Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (27)

A 26-mile trail leading around Lake Georgetown.


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26.4

Miles

42.5

KM

Loop

916' 279 m

High

803' 245 m

Low

973' 297 m

Up

986' 300 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Description

This trail features 26 miles of typical Central Texas hill country scenery; limestone cliffs, junipers and oaks abound, with plenty of wildflowers in the spring.

The trail passes through five Army Corps of Engineers operated parks. The trail passes by the Crockett Gardens Springs which flows in the lake. The area is covered with ferns and other greenery. There are also three primitive backcountry camping areas along the trail. The trail also passes over the dam.

The trail can be hikeed from any trailhead at any of the parks. While there are not very steep portions, the trail does roll up and down and is very rocky. In the summer it is very hot and dusty. There are many nice vistas overlooking the lake to stop and enjoy.

The lake is almost always in view and boaters are plentiful. Some areas of the trail get close to houses and neighborhoods, so at times it does not feel very remote, even though you may be a long way from the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Juniper ash (locally called cedars), live oaks, wildflowers, dewberries. Squirrels, deer, armadillos, rabbits and various birds are likely around.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jeremy Ruckel with improvements by Kyle C-in-Texas

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  4.0 from 27 votes

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Photos

Section of the trail between Russel and Jim Hogg Park. This gets slippery when wet.
Nov 10, 2018 near Serenada, TX
Walking across the dam. It was very very windy that day.
May 7, 2018 near Serenada, TX
Between Cedar Hollow and Sawyer campsites.
May 7, 2018 near Serenada, TX
Small waterfall off a creek running parallel to the Goodwater Loop trail. You have to walk a bit off trail to get to it.
Sep 22, 2018 near Serenada, TX
Crockett Falls off Goodwater Loop trail via Cedar Breaks Park
Sep 16, 2018 near Serenada, TX
Looking north across the Sycamore Hollow of the Goodwater Loop. This section of trail runs atop an old dam/retention wall.
Dec 20, 2016 near Serenada, TX

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Mar 20, 2021
Jeremy Ruckel
May 8, 2020
Jeremy Loomis Norris
Cedar breaks trailhead, clockwise. Stealth camped near Sawyer Park and just past Jim Hogg Park. Not many streams running, but water at all campgrounds 26mi — 43h 00m
Jan 30, 2020
Kyle Chinnock
11h 14m
Jan 20, 2020
Brandon Simon
2mi
Nov 17, 2019
Kyle C-in-Texas
26mi — 30h 00m
Oct 19, 2019
Jennifer Reinhardt
Hiked the section from Jim Hogg Park to Sawyer Park, our and back. Very nice section with lots of shade. Will be great in the true heat of summer. 8.7mi — 3h 00m
Jun 15, 2019
Wyatt Schoppe
May 11, 2019
rami hussien