On the edge of the Hill Country.
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Miles Hiked: 4.60 Miles Elapsed Time: N/A
Colorado Bend is situated north of Lake Buchanen, before the dams, so it still looks like a river. The River Trail is awesome; it runs along the river for most of the way. The first portion of the hike is an easy walk on a caliche road next to a couple of hills in the shade. The trail leaves the river when you see the tire tracks go up a small rise. There is also an unsanctioned trail which continues to run along the river. However, it is best to follow the sanctioned trail, not only to prevent destruction of habitat and erosion, but also because it is much easier to follow. On this part of the trail you walk through an open grassland. There is no shade, but I suggest you wear pants because of the stickers you will come across here. Before long, you'll be at the primitive camping area. There are some nice spots with lots of shade; some have easier access to the river than others. You can beat the heat by going swimming or, for something more leisurely, you can go fishing. There's a dirt road across the river that has a couple of houses on it, but other than that I did'nt see anyone on the hike. As for wildlife, I saw armadillos, turkeys, racoons, and vultures. At night I was surrounded by feral hogs. I did'nt mess with them and they did'nt mess with me, but be careful. Nonetheless, you have to check out this lovely state park on the edge of the Hill Country.
Area around River Trail
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