Pace Bend County Park Trail

Austin, Texas 78729

Pace Bend County Park Trail

Pace Bend County Park Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike explores the high ground of a 1368-acre park occupying the tip of a 4-mile-long peninsula on the western shore of Lake Travis, which is formed by Mansfield Dam on the Colorado River. The shoreline on the west side of the peninsula is high limestone cliffs, while gentle slopes and beaches are the rule on the east side.

This popular park can be crowded on weekends and in the summer, but on weekdays the rest of the year, you and your dog are likely to have it mostly to yourselves. Other than at the trailheads, the trails are not clearly marked, but park staff encourage hikers to feel free to explore and the area is bounded on all sides by a circular park road, so you’ll never be lost for long."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin (Menasha Ridge Press)
Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy
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"The boat ramps are popular, but other than that, this laid-back park on a Lake Travis peninsula is often largely empty. Multiuse trails crisscross the central area (a wildlife preserve) and you’ll likely have them to yourself—though several, designed more for off-road cycling than hiking, are a draw with that crowd."

Pace Bend County Park Trail Trip Reports

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Good walking on asphalt trails. Steep inclines. Trails are shared with bicycles, and people walking dogs. Friendly encounters with other walkers. Quick loop, very enjoyable, easy access and good parking.
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I lived in San Antonio for five years from 1989 to 1994 and I never realized this place existed. Maybe it wasn't open to the public then? My husband, 5 year old daughter, and I recently hiked this and found it a very pleasant experience. The trail (we used the paved one because we didn't have much time and have the aforementioned 5 year old) was clean and very accessible for those of limited ability with park benches every few feet. I want to return and try some of the more rugged trails. Highly recommended for a nice little hike and I suggest taking a picnic!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
90 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.75 hours
720 feet
Trailhead Elevation
800 feet
Top Elevation
Pace Bend Park
Local Contacts
USGS Pace Bend
Local Maps