Hiking Trails at Lake Georgetown

The San Gabriel River Trail ( Good Water Loop ) is a 26 mile rugged trail winding through dense Juniper Forest, Hardwood Bottomlands, and Prairie Grasslands . The trail extends completely around Lake Georgetown via the dam. Careful planning is encouraged before going for a hike.  Remember, your safety is your responsibility!

Before beginning a hike:  

  1. Develop a hiking plan and share it.
  2. Good Water Trail makes a complete circle around the lake.  Transportation, either by car or boat, should be arranged in advance if you do not intend to hike the entire trail.
  3. Take a GPS
  4. Taking a means of communication (cellular phone, radio) is recommended in case of emergency. Cell phones do not work in all areas.
  5. Heavy footwear with strong ankle support is recommended.
  6. Insect repellent is recommended.
  7. Take ample food and water. There is no potable water at Cedar Hollow, Sawyer, and Walnut Springs camp areas.
  8. Anyone using the trail is advised to check in and check out with the gate attendants at Cedar Breaks Park, Jim Hogg Park, Russell Park, and Tejas Camp. 

During a hike:

  • You must pack out everything you pack in.
  • If you walk in, you must walk out. Eat drink and rest often. If you are hiking with others, stay together.
  • Do not hike beyond your abilities. For day hikes plan to be back at your vehicle before sunset. It takes as long or longer to walk out as it does to walk in.
  • Be ready for vigor: be in shape, pack smart, and be ready for steep terrain and extreme weather conditions.
  • Stay on the trail. Leave what you find.
  • Trail difficulty is easy to moderate in most places, but it is strenuous at some locations, particularly between Cedar Breaks Park and Mile Marker 9.
  • Good Water Trail crosses Hunt Hollow Wildlife Management Area.  Trail users should exercise caution during hunting season.
  • Take care of your dog as you would yourself. There is no rescue service for disabled or lost dogs. Keep dogs on a leash.
  • Rescues for the injured are difficult and may be dangerous.

Trail Rules

  1. Horses, off-road vehicles, and motorcycles are prohibited. 
  2. Dogs must remain on leash  6 feet or less and under control.  All waste must be properly removed from the trail.
  3. Camp in designated areas only.  These areas are Cedar Hollow, Sawyer, Walnut, and Tejas Camp.
  4. Ground fires are prohibited.  Use fire rings which were constructed for that purpose.
  5. Tree cutting is prohibited.  Use only wood that is found on the ground.
  6. Please pack out trash.  Trash cans are located at each trailhead.
  7. The taking of plants, animals, rocks, fossils, artifacts and other items is prohibited and punishable under federal laws and regulations by fines up to $250,000.
  8. Endangered Golden-cheeked Warblers are in the area from February to August.  During this time and during hunts, please reduce noise and remain on the trail.
  9. The Crockett Garden Spring and Falls is an environmentally sensitive area, do not bathe or wade in the spring stream or slide down the falls.

Title 36 Rules and Regulations apply.  Copies may be obtained at the Project Office, Cedar Breaks Park, Russell Park and Tejas Camp. For more info, click here .

Russell Park will be closed to ALL day use and camping beginning Monday, October 28, 2019. During this time, crews will be constructing a new waterline. The closure is expected to last until approximately February 1, 2020 but may be extended if repairs have not been completed. All facilities including parking areas, restrooms, campsites, and boat ramps will be closed. The hiking trial that runs through the park will remain open. Restrooms and water will be unavailable. Trail users are asked to remain on the trail, use caution in the area, and plan their trips accordingly. All reservations during this time frame have been cancelled. Reservations affected by the closure should receive an email notification and a complete refund. To make new reservation at another park go to Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.


To report violations, for assistance or for for further information contact park rangers at 512/ 930-LAKE (5253).