Colorado Bend State Park, a 5,328.3-acre facility, is located west of Lampasas in San Saba and Lampasas counties in the Texas Hill Country. The park site was purchased partly in 1984, with the remainder acquired in 1987; the park was subsequently opened in 1987.
The park is located at the former sites of the Gorman and Lemons ranches above Lake Buchanan. Gorman Falls is located on the western bank of the Colorado River, approximately 10 miles above Lake Buchanan, and includes a portion of Gorman Creek, which feeds Gorman Falls. Gorman Falls is an impressive, 60-foot-high waterfall. The falls' travertine formations and associated lush vegetation are very scenic. Small travertine dams have formed quiet pools of clear water that support a variety of aquatic communities, including one of the purest strains of our state fish, the Guadalupe bass. Spicewood Springs Creek flows through a deep canyon on the southern end of the park, offering spring-fed swimming holes and small waterfalls.