by Joe Dorish on 21/08/09 at 10:18 am
Beautiful waterfalls located in the big state of Texas.
Texas is well known for big things but that is not really the case with the waterfalls located in the state. For the most part the waterfalls in Texas are not large, tall or big though they are all quite scenic. The only really tall waterfalls located in Texas are in Big Bend and Guadalupe National Parks and even then they are mainly seasonal and only good after rain.
Who would have guessed that such a luscious green waterfall exists in Texas? Gorman Falls is a beautiful 65 foot high waterfall fed by natural springs including Gorman Spring and is located in Colorado Bend State Park in central Texas. Access to Gorman Falls is sometimes limited to protect the fragile natural environment so call ahead to the park if you plan on visiting. Colorado Bend State Park can be reached along Ranch Road 580 at Bend west of Lampasas or south of San Saba.
Lower McKinney Falls
The Upper and Lower McKinney Falls are located along Onion Creek in McKinney Falls State Park which is on the southeast edge of Austin just west of the airport. Humans have been living around and using McKinney Falls for over 5,000 years. Today even though the water looks inviting for a swim on hot days, swimming in the creek is sometimes restricted due to high levels of pollutants that reach Onion Creek from Austin’s run-off. To reach the park and waterfalls take the McKinney Falls Parkway right off 83/Lockhart Highway.
Upper McKinney Falls
Hamilton Pool Falls
Hamilton Pool Falls drops some 45 lovely feet into the Hamilton Pool in the Hamilton Pool Preserve which is located about 30 miles west of Austin along Hamilton Pool Road off 71 North. This waterfall reminds me of Ash Cave Falls in Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio with the exception that Hamilton Falls fills the pool below. Swimming is allowed at Hamilton Pool when the water quality allows but the preserve parking lot is limited to 75 cars. Any additional cars must wait in line for additional spots to open up.