Looking for things to do in 2013? Make plans to visit the Colorado River Trail, a 600-mile stretch of the lower Colorado River in Texas between San Saba and Matagorda counties. Outdoor activities, live music, museums and eateries are at your fingertips.
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 along the river. From the Hill Country's scenic vistas to the Gulf Coast's sandy beaches, each county has its own special flavor.
Each month, a different county will be featured on www.lcra.org:
October: San Saba
Mark your calendars for annual festivals and events held in each county. For example, don’t miss the Llano Crawfish Open in April, Blanco Lavender Festival in June or the San Saba River Pecan Jam in October. View a calendar of major annual festivals.
The Colorado River Trail gives you the opportunity to create your own adventure. Kayak or canoe in Bastrop, crawl through caves in Burnet, or tour a winery in San Saba. Stay in a bed-and-breakfast, historic hotel or comfortable lodge. Or, rough it by setting up a tent or parking an RV at one of the many parks and recreation areas along the river.
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 its own personality, with 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.
The Colorado River Trail was created by LCRA more than 20 years ago 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. Prior to the Colorado River Trail, public access to the river was practically nonexistent downstream of Austin.