Pace Bend Park is located in far western Travis County in the Hill Country of central Texas. This 1368 acre Park is rugged in Nature and has scenic views from the limestone cliffs or lake access on gently slopping terrain on the north and east side of the park. With more than nine miles of shoreline along scenic Lake Travis, Pace Bend is one of the most popular areas in the Highland Lakes region, offering visitors a wide range of recreational opportunities. The west side of the park features high, limestone cliffs and numerous rocky coves with some of the most impressive views available of Lake Travis, especially at sunset.
Most of Pace Bend Park is easily accessible by vehicle from the seven-mile, paved roadway that loops the park. However, the interior of the park is managed as a wildlife preserve and can be reached only by foot, bicycle, or horseback. Numerous trails lead into the hills and provide excellent views of the lake and the Hill Country. This area serves as home to a large number of whitetail deer, raccoon, fox, ringtail cat, and dozens of bird species.
These pictures were taken on a rainy and overcast day and don't do the park justice - it is very scenic. Also the lake level was down about 20 feet due to the 2006 dought.
Pace Bend Park has over 400 primitive sites spread throughout the Park. You have a choice of cliff sites with spectactular views or sites on gently rolling terrain with access to Lake Travis. Most of the sites have plenty of trees, picnic tables, and some have fire rings and barbeque grills. Some of the camping areas have restrooms. Access to most of the sites is on dirt road but you can get a pop-up, small travel trailer, or motor home in most of the areas if you want to dry camp.
Pace Bend offers 20 improved campsites, with water and electrical hook-ups, showers and restrooms. These sites are all located on the east side of the park just above Levi Cove, with no view of the lake but are within walking distance to the lake. They feature plenty of shade trees and flat, grassy areas for tent camping. All sites are back-ins only. Reservations, though not required, are recommended, as improved campsites tend to fill up quickly.
Some of the other amenities at Pace Bend Park include: two single lane boat ramps, designated swim coves (no boats), multi-use primitive trails, RV dump station, and seasonal wave runner rentals.
We spend most of the time exploring Lake Travis skiing, partying in Devils Cove, or enjoying some of the great restaurants with music. Read our review of Lake Travis by clicking here. The review will tell you more about Lake Travis and fun things to see and do on the lake.
We also like to bike the trails or bike around the various campgrounds. Or spend some time walking the shoreline, swimming, or chilling in the campsite. If the water level is up, you'll see a lot of people cliff diving. You can also climb on the cliffs, check out ErockOnlinedotcom for some climbing information.
Downtown Austin is about 45 minutes away and offers everything from hiking trails to gourmet restaurants. Check out Texas Outside's Austin City Guide to learn about what to see and do and fun activities in Austin. If you like golf, click here to find some nearby courses. If you have time and like lakes, spend time exploring The Highland Lakes.
Lakehouse Cafe On Lake Travis is less then a mile from the Park entrance and they have good food, a great deck overlooking the cove, and live music on the weekends. We like to boat over to Lakehouse (mile marker 26) for the food and music - they have guest boat slips for their guests.
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