Colorado River Trail

Scenic driving trail between San Saba and Matagorda counties

The Colorado River Trail is located along 600 miles of the lower Colorado River in an 11-county Central Texas region. You'll find parks, festivals, food, fun and history as you explore San Saba, Lampasas, Llano, Burnet, Blanco, Travis, Bastrop, Fayette, Colorado, Wharton and Matagorda counties. From the Hill Country's scenic vistas to the Gulf Coast's sandy beaches, each county has its own special flavor. View events on the Colorado River Trail.


Before heading to the river, plan a river trip and find the best fishing spots. LCRA owns some of the nicest parks in Central Texas and has helped build other community-owned parks in its service area. Most of LCRA’s parks can accommodate just about every recreational activity: hiking, swimming, sailing, canoeing, fishing, camping and picnicking. Each park has something unique to offer. For example, Lake Fayette’s trophy bass attract anglers from all over, while Lake Bastrop’s piney woods appeal to nature lovers.

Click on the map and discover what each county has to offer.


San Saba County
Bastrop County
​Lampasas County
​Fayette County
​Llano County
​Colorado County
Blanco County
Wharton County
​Burnet County
​Matagorda County
Travis County


Going to the Highland Lakes? See maps of parks and preserves and dams and lakes.

Connect with the Colorado River Trail


Trail History


The Colorado River Trail was created by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) in October 1991 to help increase public access to the Colorado River and Highland Lakes. LCRA wanted the trail to link the counties agriculturally, economically, recreationally, culturally and historically, but primarily wanted the public to become interested in the river for its recreation and enjoyment potential, and support actions for better water quality.

LCRA sold portions of its land holdings that had limited usefulness and used the money to buy land along the river. Prior to the Colorado River Trail, public access to the river was practically nonexistent downstream of Austin. Beason Park in Columbus is the first river access site that opened as part of the Colorado River Trail on Oct. 26, 1991.