Pace Bend Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 6.2

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Pace Bend Park Overview:

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.

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

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.


A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

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.

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Cool Nearby Activities:

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.

Campground Information

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: Improved #11 and unimproved areas Tatum Cove on the cliff side and Kates Cove for water access. Mudd Cove and Mesquite Point have sites under large live oaks and good access to the water, if the lake level is up. Taylor Cove sites are isolated and have great views.

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more