At the top of the Highland Lakes chain north of Lake Buchanan is relatively undeveloped Colorado Bend State Park. On weekends, there are guided tours of the 65-foot Gorman Falls.
Participants scramble down from the rocky bluffs above the Colorado River to a beautiful river canyon and then back up again for a 1.5-mile hike. Or, take along good hiking shoes, drinking water and a light source for a 3-mile round trip to Gorman Cave, which is open by permit only.
Undeveloped campgrounds offer water taps, picnic tables, fire rings and composting toilets. A boat ramp offers access to the Colorado River, which feeds into Lake Buchanan. The lake teems with white bass between February and April. To learn more, go to Colorado Bend State Park.