5 Central Texas Waterfalls Near Fort Cavazos

Chalk Ridge Falls in Belton, TX is one of our favorite Fort Hood hikes.

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When we moved to Texas, I never dreamed that I would spend so much time hiking to waterfalls. However, there are 5 Central Texas waterfalls near Fort Cavazos that are perfect for a family day out!

We made a Texas Bucket List to keep us busy during our time there and these waterfalls were the perfect way to experience the beautiful landscape around us.

Here are 5 Central Texas waterfalls near Fort Cavazos:

Chalk Ridge Falls

Chalk Ridge Falls is a short drive from Fort Cavazos in Belton. It’s a fairly easy hike and even better that you can swim at the falls!

I wrote a whole post about this beautiful hike and the waterfall! You should definitely add it to your bucket list if you’re in the area.

My girls loved this hike and begged to go back to the waterfall ‘with the swinging bridge’. Unfortunately, the falls were dry our last summer there due to a severe drought, but maybe they’ll be flowing again soon!

Playing in the waterfall in Belton, Texas.
Crossing the suspension bridge on the Chalk Ridge Falls trail.
Girl sitting in the water in front of a waterfall near Fort Hood, Texas.

Gorman Falls

Our hike to Gorman Falls at Colorado Bend State Park was one of the first adventures we had when we first moved to the area. The hike was beautiful, but we were completely unprepared for it (check out this post to avoid our mistakes).

The waterfall was gorgeous, but if we were to ever visit this one again, we would kayak or canoe to the falls instead of hiking. The views from the river would be even better!

In front of Gorman Falls at Colorado Bend State Park in Texas.
Gorman Falls was a little underwhelming.
Colorado Bend State Park in Texas

Pedernales Falls

We saw Pedernales Falls on an extremely hot summer day. It wasn’t a tall waterfall, but the rapids in the river were still pretty cool to see.

It was a fairly short hike down to the river and we had fun exploring the rocky banks. Plus, we put on our swimsuits and played in the river for a long time to beat the heat. It was a fun day!

Swimming at Pedernales Falls State Park.
Pedernales Falls in Central Texas.
The hike down to the river was full of LOTS of stairs.

Krause Springs

Krause Springs was one of the most beautiful places we visited in Texas! In addition to the beautiful waterfall, there is a rope swing and swimming pool. The kids had a blast!

Plus, the grounds are absolutely gorgeous and there is a beautiful garden to explore. If you only see one waterfall on this list, this might be THE one.

Garden in Spicewood, Texas
Rope swing on Little Cypress Creek in Texas.

McKinney Falls

One of the most popular Central Texas waterfalls is in the state’s capital city of Austin. McKinney Falls State Park has 2 waterfalls and you can swim there too! The girls love the waterfalls that we can swim at the most!

There are several hiking trails and historical features located at this park. We didn’t take the time to explore these since we were too busy swimming. Onion Creek is one of the most beautiful creeks I’ve ever seen and I could spend all day exploring it.

McKinney Falls in Austin, Texas
Onion Creek at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas.
The lower falls at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas.

Who knew that there were so many Central Texas waterfalls to explore near Fort Cavazos?

I’m so glad we were able to see these beautiful places. If you’re in the area you won’t regret seeing these gorgeous falls!

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