Lake Travis Parks and Recreation

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Sunset at Bee Cave Central Park

Sunset at Bee Cave Central Park

Outdoor enthusiasts from around the state and country can enjoy the abundance of recreational activities that are available in the Lake Travis area parks. While water recreation is king in the Lake Travis area, the hills and prairies of Travis County offer additional opportunities for relaxation and exploration.

The City of Lakeway offers numerous opportunities for outdoor fun, from greenbelts to local parks. The city also has tennis courts, a swim center, and a skate park for residents to enjoy. Additionally, the Lakeway Activity Center has an endless array of classes, programs and community events . Visit www.CityofLakeway.com to learn more.

Travis County maintains nearly a dozen parks in the Lake Travis area and another half-dozen are operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).  With all of these great places to explore, the Lake Travis community is the ultimate vacation destination. Boating, sailing, windsurfing, camping, fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming and sunbathing are popular activities that can be enjoyed at many of the Lake Travis community parks.

Lake Travis is one of the clearest and deepest lakes in Texas. The LCRA owns seven parks along Lake Travis, and these parks are operated by Travis County. (512) 854-7275 or www.lcra.org/parks.

Pace Bend Park

The Pace Bend Park features limestone cliffs, rocky coves, bike paths and nature trails.  With over nine miles of scenic shoreline along Lake Travis, it’s one of the most popular parks in the Hill Country. Pace Bend offers a wide array of activities and recreational opportunities. It is mostly accessible by vehicle via a seven-mile roadway that circles the park. However, the interior of the park is a managed wildlife preserve that can only be reached by foot, bicycle or horseback. Several trails wind into the hills, providing spectacular views of the lake along with opportunities to see plenty of native wildlife. While Pace Bend offers more than 1,000 acres of primitive wilderness, many of the campsites also offer modern conveniences including electrical hook-ups, showers and restrooms, boat ramps, RV facilities and seasonal wave runner rentals to name a few.

Arkansas Bend

This isolated and peaceful park on the north shore of Lake Travis is ideal for camping, picnicking and fishing. The park has two miles of gently sloping shoreline, a boat ramp, and plenty of open space for hiking and camping.

Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point

Two sand volleyball courts, a hike-and-bike trail and a picnic pavilion make this park a popular recreation spot. The boat ramp is limited to sail craft, creating the perfect setting for windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving.

Cypress Creek

A gently sloping waterfront, boat ramp and cove lead to one of the busiest areas of Lake Travis. This park is a family favorite for camping, boating, picnicking and fishing.

Sandy Creek

This park is an ideal spot for swimming, nature walks and flora and fauna observation, including endangered species of birds and plants. The park also offers a stunning view of Lake Travis.

Hippie Hollow

Hippie Hollow features a steep, rocky shoreline and spectacular views of Lake Travis. The only clothing-optional public park in Texas, Hippie Hollow is popular for sunbathing and swimming. The park limits entry to those 18 years and older.

Mansfield Dam

The Mansfield Dam Park is located adjacent to the dam on the main body of Lake Travis. The park is a primary access point for scuba divers and boaters. Other popular activities are picnicking, swimming, sunbathing and camping. Camping is by reservation only. Reservations: (512) 854-7275.

Westcave Preserve

Just 30 miles from downtown Austin lies Westcave Preserve, a uniquely beautiful place with a limestone canyon, cave formations, spring-fed waterfall and natural pool. The 30-acre preserve is home to many plants, animals and birds, including endangered species. One of several preserves owned by LCRA, Westcave is operated by a nonprofit organization that offers guided tours and natural science programs. Westcave also has an educational center carefully designed to minimally impact the land. For information, call (830) 825-3442 or visit www.westcave.org.

Bee Cave Central Park

The latest addition to the area’s recreational space is a new park in Bee Cave. The Bee Cave Central Park is located off of Bee Cave Parkway, west of Ranch Road 620. The 50-acre park features a paved two-mile hike and bike trail, amphitheater, two play areas, a sport court, a dog park and two pavilions.  Also, there is plenty of wide open grassy areas which are perfect for flying a kite or enjoying a picnic. The Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce holds the Mighty Kite Flight event is held here in the spring.  This fun festival includes kite flying contests, music, local food vendors, and family fun.

 

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