Pace Bend Park
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Pace Bend Park
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Pace Bend Park
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Pace Bend Park
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Pace Bend Park is popular for camping on the cliffs overlooking Lake Travis, swimming on a beach, boating, and exploring the Hill Country beauty with miles of hike, bike, and equestrian trails.

Address

2805 Pace Bend Road North
Spicewood, TX 78669
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Park Hours

Every day
Sunrise to civil twilight
(Today's sunrise is 06:59 am and civil twilight is 05:58 pm)

Camping Hours

Every day
24 hours

Boat Ramp Hours

Every day
24 Hours
LCRA Boat Ramp Status

Fees

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Acreage

1,368 acres

Activities and Amenities

Barbecue grills
Fire rings
Boat ramps (3)
Fishing
Improved Campsites (20)*
Multi-use Trails
Out-house Style Toliets
Picnic Tables
Primitive Campsites (400+)
Designated Swim Coves
RV Dump Station
*Reservations recommended

Contact Us

Office Phone
512-264-1482

Know Before You Go

Activities

While the park provides access to the listed activities, Travis County Parks does not provide any equipment.

Primitive Camping

Primitive campsites with picnic tables, barbecue grills, fire rings, and plenty of trees for shade and privacy are scattered along the cliffs and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The east and north sides of Pace Bend offer more gentle, sloping shorelines with sandy and gravel beaches, providing easy access to the lake for families with young children and people with disabilities. Numerous primitive campsites can be found among the oak and mesquite trees and all are within a short walk to the lake. Camping on the beach is also permitted.

Please note that primitive camping permits do not include shower privileges. Waterless toilets are available.

Improved Camping

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, within easy 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 are highly recommended.

Parking is available on site. A maximum of two vehicles may occupy a site. Overflow parking is available.

Quiet Hours

In an effort to allow all park visitors to enjoy their stay at Pace Bend, we suggest that all overnight campers arrive by 10 pm and keep vehicle traffic to a minimum after dark. If you have an improved camping reservation and will be arriving after 10 pm, please call the park to let us know. Quiet hours are strictly enforced between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. All radios and generators must be turned off at this time. Ground fires are permitted, as seasonal conditions allow. However, the cutting or gathering of firewood, including kindling, is prohibited in all Travis County Parks.

Boating and Swimming

Boating is one of the most popular activities at Pace Bend. With two main boat ramps in the park - located at Collier Cove on the west side and Tatum Cove on the east side - boaters rarely have to wait long to launch. Smaller boats, canoes, and wave runners may also be launched directly off the beach in certain areas. Park staff can answer your questions about the best places to launch, as well as recommend good places for fishing directly off the shore.

Please be aware that Mudd Cove, Kate's Cove and Gracy Cove are designated for swimming only. No lifeguard on duty; swim at your own risk.

Potable water is available opposite the Tatum Cove boat ramp.

Fees

We accept cash but do not accept credit or debit cards at the entrance booth.

TypeCost
Pedestrian/Bicyclist$3 per Person
Trailer Parking Fee (No Charge to Lone Star Seniors and Veterans)$5 per Trailer per Day
Day Use$10 per Vehicle
TypeCost
Primitive Camping per Night (No Reservations, First Come First Serve)$15 per Vehicle
Improved Camping per Night for Annual and Lone Star Passes (advance reservation recommended)$10 per Vehicle
Primitive Camping per Night with Lone Star Veterans (If in Vehicle with Permit)No Charge
Improved Camping per Night (Advance Reservation Recommended)$20 per Vehicle
Primitive Camping per Night with Lone Star Senior or Annual Pass$5 per Vehicle

For more information, please contact the Parks’ Main Office at 512-854-PARK.

TypeCost
Requiring a License Agreement $150 per Event
No License Agreement Required $100 per Event

For more information, please contact the Parks’ Main Office at 512-854-PARK.

TypeCost
Weekday Rental$20 per Day
Weekend/Holiday Rental $40 per Day

Only available at the entrance booth (more info).

TypeCost
Lone Star Veteran Pass for Day Use (U.S. Veteran with 50% Service Related Disability)No Charge
Annual Permit for Non-Travis County Residents$200 per Vehicle
Annual Day Use Permit (NOTE: Proof of county residency will be required to purchase a Travis County Park Annual Permit.)$125 per Vehicle
Annual Permit for Pedestrian/Bicyclist$25 per Person
Lone Star Senior Citizens Pass for Day Use (For Age 62 or Older)No Charge
Duplicate Annual Permit$75 per Vehicle
Annual Trailer Parking Permit$50 per Trailer

Reservations

Camping

Reservations, though not required, are recommended, as improved campsites tend to fill up quickly. For holidays and summer weekends, we suggest that you make reservations in advance. Please note that we charge by the vehicle, not by the site, so that carpooling will save you money.

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Rules

The following are prohibited:

  • Off-Leash Pets
  • Noisy, vicious, or dangerous animals are not permitted, as determined on site by park staff
  • Fireworks
  • Glass Containers
  • Public display of consumption of alcohol
  • Tobacco Products

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About

Pace Bend Park is located in far western Travis County in the Hill Country of central Texas. 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 six-mile, paved roadway that loops the park. However, the interior of the park is managed as a wildlife preserve and can be reached by foot, bicycle, or horseback only. 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.

Pace Bend Park Visitor's Map

Pace Bend Park Trail Map

Rare Plant Survey and General Plant Inventory