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Goodwater Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (31)

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 R with improvements by Kyle C-in-Texas

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  4.1 from 31 votes

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the flattest part of the trail is between mile 10 -15, great for casual bike rides.
Nov 24, 2021 near Serenada, TX
Sunrise between mile marker 23 and 24
Nov 24, 2021 near Serenada, TX
close to mile marker 9
Nov 24, 2021 near Serenada, TX
Between Mile 1 and 2 markers
Nov 24, 2021 near Serenada, TX
Sunrise across the dam
Nov 24, 2021 near Serenada, TX
Section of the trail between Russel and Jim Hogg Park. This gets slippery when wet.
Nov 10, 2018 near Serenada, TX

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Jun 6, 2021
Brian McDonnell
2.7mi — 1h 31m
Mar 20, 2021
Jeremy R
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