tom hughes park's welcome sign by tom hausler
view of lake by tom hausler
descending stairs by tom hausler

Tom Hughes Park is an excellent place to swim, sunbathe, and watch the sunset over Lake Travis.


12714 Hughes Park Rd.
Austin, TX 78732
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Park Hours

Every day
April 1 - October 31
9:00 am to civil twilight
(Today's civil twilight is 08:13 pm)


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15 acres

Activities and Amenities

Portable toilets

Know Before You Go


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


There is no electricity or drinking water.

Closed Season

This park is closed between November 1 - March 31. This park also closes during hazardous trail conditions usually caused by rain events.

Rugged Terrain

Due to the park's rugged terrain, steep inclines and variable lake levels, parents with young children are advised to exercise extreme caution, or consider visiting one of the many other Travis County Parks nearby.

Zebra Mussels

Zebra Mussels have been found along the shoreline of our lake parks. Swimmers and others seeking water-based recreation should exercise caution when in or near the water.


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


The following are prohibited:

  • Camping
  • Fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Ground fires
  • Pets
  • Public display of consumption of alcohol
  • Tobacco products

For more information, view the Parks Rules and Safety page.


Tom Hughes Park is located in the basin area of Lake Travis near Mansfield Dam, in the scenic Hill Country of central Texas. The lower section of the park consists of steep limestone outcroppings and boulders along the shoreline, while the upper elevations consist of thick juniper and oak woodlands.

Tom Hughes Park is an excellent place to swim, sunbathe, or just watch the sunset over Lake Travis. A number of primitive trails with steep inclines lead down to the water's edge, providing close-up views of an unusual diversity of Hill Country flora.

Tom Hughes is one of the less heavily visited parks due to its limited parking and rugged terrain.

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