I have traveled to Bend State Park many times with different scout groups and every time we all make the trek to the falls. Absolutely amazing. The falls have been listed in Texas Monthly as one of the things you must see before you die. Yes, you need to hike to see the falls so be prepared with good shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather, hats are always smart and maybe even a walking stick. The walk down to the falls is steep, but there is a handrail.