Summary: This trail is a perfect place to get away over lunch. The trail is outlined with stones and paved with mulch. Except for the creek crossings (which are very solid and well placed stepping stones) the trail could be called wheelchair accessible. You won't break a sweat, even in the Texas summer.
As well as a great trail, there is steel staircase descending into a spring fed grotto. There are ferns around the small waterfall year round and a huge rock overhang to give shade. Some of the rock formations in the grotto are live, so please do not touch them. It has been reported that arrowheads have been found in the grotto.
All along the trail are sheer rock cliffs. The rock formations remind me of being inside a cave because they look like stalactites and stalagmites.
At the end of the trail is a staircase leading up to a great overview of the North San Gabriel River. You can exit back to the road here, or retrace your steps for a new view of the trail.
Trailhead: From I35 at Georgetown, exit on FM2238 to the north. FM2238 is also known as Williams Drive. Travel north to Booty's Road (a.k.a. Booty's Crossing). About 1/2 mile north on Booty's there is a subdivision called "The Falls of San Gabriel". Enter the subdivision on a un-named street and turn right when the street tee's. Follow the road to a bridge over the creek. Park along the road immediately past the bridge. The trail head isn't clearly marked, but you will find some stone steps next to the bridge. The trail is has a mulch surface and is easy to see. The roads in this sub-division are not shown on the Topo map, but I have drawn them as a route in BLUE. The route for the hike is shown in RED. (Lat:30.66672 Lon:-97.70354)
Trail Guides for Falls of San Gabriel Greenbelt Hike:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: This trail was built by a housing developer and given to Georgetown
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Barth
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by GTA on 6/1/2013
This would be 4 or possibly even 5 stars if it weren't private property. There is a large sign on either end of the trail. It is a beautiful little ecosystem though
Reviewed by AA on 12/16/2012
The trail head is marked with a large sign saying "private property - not a public trail"
Reviewed by Linda on 4/16/2009
Beautiful hidden paradise right in the middle of Georgetown!! Can't believe I live here and have not found such a surreal and tranquil place to hike. I would buy one of the homes that hang over the cliffs so I would have that beautiful view all the time!!
Reviewed by Martin H on 3/1/2009
Williams Drive is actually FM2338, turn left off Williams Drive onto Bootys Road. Turn right at T road inside of "The Falls of San Gabriel, trailhead is just after the bridge on left. We had a great hike, secluded and NO bikes, several water crossings and a few native birds to watch. The newly built houses were no distration. Please be aware the number of water crossings and rough terrain does not lead itself to wheelchair accessible. We will hike this again very soon. Enjoy often
Reviewed by Katy on 9/11/2007
The Place is beautiful but sad to see houses are being build around it. It would be nice if someone would make a starting entrance because of the houses that are around the area it is difficult to know where one should start the walk.
Reviewed by C.Z. on 4/26/2007
Chiggers got us and the place needs much cleaning. Also saw a bobcat. So of course we got out of there fast and this happened very early in the morning.
Reviewed by rk on 11/24/2005
The exit is exit on FM2338, not FM 2238.
Reviewed by ml wilson on 11/14/2003
8 blocks from my house this place is cool for easy walking sad to see houses go up here see it b4 the peps come :) lawn man mike!
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