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Goodwater Loop Trail

Intermediate

Trail

26.4 mile 42.5 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 973' 297 m
Descent: -986' -300 m
High: 916' 279 m
Low: 803' 245 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Jeremy Ruckel

A 26-mile trail leading around Lake Georgetown.

Jeremy Ruckel

Features Birding · Lake · 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.

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Jun 15, 2019
Wyatt Schoppe
May 11, 2019
rami hussien
Apr 28, 2019
Tara Dicken
started at cedar breaks and went clockwise. 16.6 Miles 4-27-19 and remainder 4-28-19. camped at Russel park. fantastic loop with wildflowers galore
Mar 1, 2019
rami hussien
Jan 20, 2019
Adam Crawford
Cedar Breaks to Cedar Hollow and back. 9.8mi
Dec 30, 2018
Chase Martin
16.4mi
Dec 29, 2018
Chase Martin
10mi
Aug 31, 2018
Todd Teulon
Left from Cedar Breaks, camped overnight at Walnut Springs. Detours included Crockett Gardens Falls and Camp Sawyer. 27.9mi

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 23 votes

#583

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  3.9 from 23 votes
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#583

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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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