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Goodwater Loop Trail



26.4 mile 42.5 kilometer loop
99% Runnable


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


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


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 runed 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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Nov 10, 2018
Dayna S
Most dry with a few puddles. 8.1mi — 1h 45m
Nov 3, 2018
Dayna S
Ran from Overlook Park. Trails were still muddy in places but drying up. No standing water. Monarchs were migrating through. 5mi — 0h 56m
Sep 22, 2018
Dayna S
Dare to Ascend Trail Run. Muddy and slick. 6.3mi
Sep 15, 2018
Dayna S
Hot and humid. Trail was very muddy with puddles. 6.5mi
Sep 9, 2018
Dayna S
Slippery, wet, muddy, one tree in path. 6.2mi — 1h 09m

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Section of the trail between Russel and Jim Hogg Park. This gets slippery when wet.
Nov 10, 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
The Goodwater Loop weaving through prickly pear cactus along the north banks of the San Gabriel River.
Dec 20, 2016 near Serenada, TX


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