Old school or new school, classic or modern, Backstreet Boys or One Direction? These are the types of deeply philosophical questions you’ll want to ask yourselves before choosing a site at Pace Bend. On the one hand, there are numerous “primitive sites” throughout the park, modestly equipped with picnic tables, grills and waterless toilets (first-come, first-served). On the other hand, there are 20 “improved camping” sites available for RVs and tent-camping that offer water, electricity, restrooms and showers (reservation only). So, eager camper, the questions awaits - are you more of the “I Want It That Way” type, or more of a “What Makes You Beautiful” kind of camper?
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
420 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Lake Travis isn’t your average pond. The long river snakes through the hills and limestone cliffs, with so many coves and inlet...Read more


Lake Travis isn’t your average pond. The long river snakes through the hills and limestone cliffs, with so many coves and inlet...Read more


Hikers will enjoy 15 miles of trails that meander through the hills of Pace Bend Park, offering great lake views from the top. ...Read more

Horseback riding

About half of Park Bend Park’s extensive trail system is open to equestrians, making this park one of the best spots around for...Read more


With the exception of a couple designated swim spots, kayaks, canoes and other small non-motorized boats can be launched just a...Read more

Wildlife watching

You’ll find plenty of company as you hike or bike along the trails, including white-tailed deer, raccoons, fox, and ringtail ca...Read more



Natural features you'll find at Pace Bend Campground.

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Hipcamper Erin
Erin W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 30th, 2015

Loved this campground - it's perfect for an easy, one or 2 day trip. Close to the city and lots of spots to choose from. There are lots of campers there so it's a great spot to bring friends and party!

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Texas V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 21st, 2015

Awesome little get away if you live near Austin! Pace Bend is about an hour west of Austin and offers lots of great swimming areas, hiking trails in the middle of the park, tons of coves to explore and campsites border both sides of the peninsula.

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Hipcamper Morgan
Morgan E.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 14th, 2015

Its a beautiful place for swimming in the river. We had an epic mud war in one of the coves x)

Hipcamper Kristin
Kristin Y.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 14th, 2015

It's worth a drive around to pick out the best campsite since there are so many available. My advice - find a quiet spot near a trailhead with a couple good hammock trees and you're golden.

Hipcamper Rich
Rich G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 10th, 2016

Loved this place! We went to campsite 30 which has a hidden gem. I'll let you find it ;) drive up and camp. Because of all the overgrowth you get a sense of solitude but there are campsites all around. A backcountry feel with the ease of car camping. Great one or two night stay and if you need anything (beer run) theres a store 5 minutes away.

Hipcamper Matt + Jenne
Matt + Jenne B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 10th, 2016

What a great example of county parks! A friend at work recommended this park - we didn't even know it was here, and less than an hour from home. Our family enjoyed our recent weekend at Pace Bend - we stayed in the improved campsite area, and found it to have great access to the lake, to trails, and well-shaded sites with a handy, and code-guarded running-water restroom and shower facility just for people at that campsite area. We definitely plan to go back soon!

Hipcamper Sherry
Sherry K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 7th, 2016

Love this park, but for all the grass burrs, it would be perfect. I miss the bar and grill at the entrance :(

Hipcamper Jason
Jason H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 16th, 2016

I did a little overnighter at Pace Bend in just my hammock in October, and it was great! It was my first time hammock camping and I didn't have a tarp or anything, so since the campsite I picked was right by the water, I did get destroyed by mosquitoes. On the flip side, it was incredible falling asleep truly in the great outdoors. Pace Bend was nice for the one night get away, but it's not a completely wild place. There's fancy lake houses across the water, and the stars aren't as bright as I wanted them, but campsite space seems to be endless so it's great for quick, spontaneous trips.

Hipcamper Spencer
Spencer I.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 29th, 2017

This is one of our favorites. Only 45 minutes west of Austin. With so many sites available, this is our go-to for spur-the-moment weekends. No need for reservations unlike many of the surrounding state parks with limited sites.

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Pace Bend Park
United States
Phone Number
(512) 854-7275
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30.46° N, 98.019° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 400 Sites
(Up to people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / Van: 20 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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