Cedar Breaks Park, Lake Georgetown
My visit to Lake Georgetown was another one of those unexpected stops in which I ended up somewhere completely different than the previous night’s plan. No matter, it worked out just fine. I started the day doing a 5.5 mile out and back along the segment of the San Gabriel River Trail at Cedar Breaks Park heading towards Crockett Gardens/Knight Springs. The hike starts by crossing the juniper-filled bluff to the lake (another area reservoir) where you then follow the shore along the rocky cliffs for most of the way. The first part was mostly shaded as it led through the stunted forest but once the trail emerged to the lake’s edge the Texas sun made its presence known. I could hardly complain though since the views of the lake were stunning.
The trail then briefly crossed more forest before winding down to water level, crossing meadow and passing a semi-abandoned homestead before entering wetland habitat where Crockett Garden Falls (also known as Knight Springs) is located.
Obviously the views were really nice so I’m pretty happy I ended up there plus the falls from the spring were pretty interesting. The whole loop around Lake Georgetown is only 28 miles so maybe on my way to Austin next year I’ll backpack it. But we’ll see since there’s plenty in the area that I haven’t seen yet.