Pace Bend Park

Austin, Texas

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Easy access to Lake Travis, low visitation in the off months, and no leash regulations make this one of the few great places where you can (legally) spend a day on your bike with your hound in hot pursuit. Plenty of space for camping and swimming means you can spend a nice couple of days here. Though it’s not really much of a mountain biking destination, Pace Bend Park does have its virtues. Chief among these, aside from the cliff jumping that attracts gaggles of inebriated young men to tempt height—and fate—all summer long, is the lack of pet leash regulations. This is one of the few (or only?) places in the state of Texas to take your hound out on a ride and not worry about getting glares from other trail users or lectures and fines from rangers. The trail is made more for a leisurely stroll afoot than it is for tearing about on two knobby tires, but some speedy downhills and nice views make it worthwhile. And that look of slobbering, unbridled joy in your dog’s big brown eyes as he tries to stick to your back wheel will make it worth all the effort. Tread: Mix of singletrack and doubletrack.

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"Easy access to Lake Travis, low visitation in the off months, and no leash regulations make this one of the few great places where you can (legally) spend a day on your bike with your hound in hot pursuit. Plenty of space for camping and swimming means you can spend a nice couple of days here. Though it’s not really much of a mountain biking destination, Pace Bend Park does have its virtues. Chief among these, aside from the cliff jumping that attracts gaggles of inebriated young men to tempt height—and fate—all summer long, is the lack of pet leash regulations.

This is one of the few (or only?) places in the state of Texas to take your hound out on a ride and not worry about getting glares from other trail users or lectures and fines from rangers. The trail is made more for a leisurely stroll afoot than it is for tearing about on two knobby tires, but some speedy downhills and nice views make it worthwhile. And that look of slobbering, unbridled joy in your dog’s big brown eyes as he tries to stick to your back wheel will make it worth all the effort. Tread: Mix of singletrack and doubletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Austin
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 20 minutes
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Contacts: Pace Bend Park
Local Maps: USGS Pace Bend
Driving Directions: Directions to Pace Bend Park

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May 2018