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Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

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

With nearly a dozen parks maintained by Travis County and another half-dozen operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), 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.

Pace Bend Park, featuring limestone cliffs, rocky coves, bike paths and nature trails over nine miles of scenic shoreline along Lake Travis, is one of the most popular parks in the Hill Country of Travis County. Pace Bend offers visitors a wide array of activities and recreational opportunities and 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.

Parks & Recreation

The City of Lakeway offers numerous opportunities for outdoor fun, from greenbelts to local parks. Tennis courts, a swim center, a skate park and the Lakeway Activity Center, with its endless array of classes, programs and community events are among some of the recreational diversions accessed here.

ADDITIONAL PARKS IN THE LAKE TRAVIS AREA

LCRA/Travis County Parks: Lake Travis is one of the clearest and deepest lakes in Texas. Seven parks along Lake Travis are owned by LCRA and operated by Travis County. Information: (512) 854-7275 or www.lcra.org/parks.

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. Entry to the park is limited to those 18 years and older.

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.

Mansfield Dam: 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, Bee Cave Central Park is located off Bee Cave Parkway, west of RR 620. The 50-acre park features a two-mile hike and bike trail, an 18-hole disc golf course, two play areas, a sport court, a dog park and two pavilions. For more information on parks see the visitor section at www.LakeTravisChamber.com.

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