Located on the Colorado River in close proximity to Austin, Pace Bend Park is a convenient tourist destination for a quick and easy trip to relax and refresh in a scenic natural setting. The picturesque area offers a wide variety of outdoor activities such as swimming, sunbathing, cliff jumping, cliff climbing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and RV and tent camping. This section of the Colorado River is less busy than others and rarely gets overcrowded. The park is huge and offers enough space for everyone.
Location and Access
Pace Bend Park is located at 2011 Pace Bend Road N., Spicewood, which is about 30 miles west of Austin. The admission fee is $10 per vehicle. Camping costs $20 per night. The state park pass isn’t valid. The park is really huge so it’s better to drive around for a while before choosing a proper spot for your recreation. There are beach areas, secluded wooded sites, and scenic viewpoints high over the lake. Choose whatever you like!
Pace Bend Park offers facilities for tent as well as RV camping. The staff is friendly and always ready to help. Be aware that the primitive campsites have only country-style toilets without sinks or showers. Nevertheless, you can replenish your water supplies in a store, which is just down the road. There is also a little bar and barbecue nearby in case you don’t want to cook your own food. Otherwise, you can use one of the grills provided in the campground.
The Colorado River
It is recommended to wear water shoes since the area is rocky and you can step on a sharp stone or some kind of debris in the water. The shallow areas in the north and east sections of the park are good for small children and dogs. There are also areas where thrill-seekers can enjoy some cliff jumping. Since the Colorado river contains catfish, sunfish, white bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, and Guadalupe bass recreational fishing is another popular activity in the park. There are also boat ramps you can use.
Hiking is good; there are many paths running through the park territory and they’re easy to find. Jogging, biking, and horseback riding are common pastimes as well.
Pets are allowed so feel free to take your four-legged friend with you. Maybe the beach in Pace Bend Park is far from perfect from the human’s point of view but dogs are always incredibly happy to swim there!
- 50 minutes from Austin, TX
- 1 hour 55 minutes from San Antonio, TX
- 3 hours 5 minutes from Houston, TX
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Pace Bend Park Beach which you can visit: