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Goodwater Trail around Lake Georgetown

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Goodwater Trail around Lake Georgetown
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2018, 02:52:30 PM »
I camped with a group at Tejas camp last weekend. The trail on the south side down to the lake has some scenic bluffs, but overall the trail is FLAT. I wasn't expecting difficult terrain, but there were some sections where we were walking a couple hundred yards on completely flat ground in wide open fields. The lake itself was surprisingly empty compared to how crowded other lakes in the area can get.

I did see a lot of old campfires along the trail - lots of people have been camping out on the trail

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Offline dprather

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Re: Goodwater Trail around Lake Georgetown
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2018, 03:52:11 PM »
I camped with a group at Tejas camp last weekend. The trail on the south side down to the lake has some scenic bluffs, but overall the trail is FLAT. I wasn't expecting difficult terrain, but there were some sections where we were walking a couple hundred yards on completely flat ground in wide open fields. The lake itself was surprisingly empty compared to how crowded other lakes in the area can get.

I did see a lot of old campfires along the trail - lots of people have been camping out on the trail

I'm glad you went
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Goodwater Trail around Lake Georgetown
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2018, 07:04:31 PM »
Mostly I've used the section between Tejas trailhead and Sawyer Camp, that is, south shore, upstream end.  There are places along this stretch that almost feel like wilderness, with some very inviting natural sites that would make great campsites.  I usually keep to the rules and stay at the designated site at Sawyer, but one time with two of my boys as youngsters, and caught short of our goal by sundown, we bent the rules and made camp at one of these natural sites.  It was really nice, more like a National Forest experience.

The south shore is my favorite side, too.  I like coming in to the Cedar Hollow trail head and hiking from there.  I've noticed several "bootleg" campsites, one in particular by a pond, that look very inviting.

 


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