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Hippie Hollow, Lago Vista

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#296 of 406 in Parks in Texas
Hippie Hollow Park is a park located on the shore of Lake Travis in northwest Austin. It is the only legally recognized clothing-optional public park in the State of Texas. Though the land is owned by the Lower Colorado River Authority, it is leased to Travis County, whose Parks Department has administered the park since 1985. Sometimes erroneously labeled as a beach, the park actually sits on a somewhat steep slope above Lake Travis with limestone steps that can be quite rugged in some spots. Depending on the water level of the lake, access to the water may require some rock climbing.HistoryHippie Hollow Park has been used as a nude swimming spot for years, because the area was along a particularly remote section of the shoreline of Lake Travis. The area became more popular in the 1960s due to the cultural changes of that era, and after Woodstock, the nickname 'Hippie Hollow' was born. Hippie Hollow was controversial in the 1970s, due to increased skinny-dipping which generated complaints from adjacent landowners. Raymond Frank, the sheriff of Travis County from 1973–1980, determined that the county's law enforcement budget was better spent on more serious offenses, and skinny-dipping activities were generally ignored as long as no other laws were being broken.In October 1983 the park site was leased to Travis County, and in October 1985 Hippie Hollow Park opened to visitors after some modest improvements and an extensive site clean-up by the county, replacing the former name of McGregor Park. The park continues as a clothing optional park, with appropriate signage at the park entrance advising visitors that nude swimming and sunbathing may be encountered. At one time the park was frequented by families, but many objected. First the environmentalists had pets banned, using the argument that they interfered with the local wildlife. Then the preachers stepped in, and on July 11, 1995 the county commissioners passed an ordinance restricting park usage to those over 18 years of age, as a result of Travis County Attorney Ken Oden's interpretation of nudity laws.
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  • It seems most parks along the lake are fee per use, $10-15. I didn't see that mentioned in reviews. The road along the lake doesn't have much view. The only place where you can lake view is vacation r...  more »
  • Awesome location! I recommend everyone try it out at least once. It's really a beautiful spot, beautiful lake, and sooo nice for a swim on a hot day. We went on a Saturday and it was a little crowded ...  more »
  • We went on a Monday morning. It was very peaceful and quiet. Unfortunately, we got rained out but we enjoyed the hour or so we had. The water was clear and warm enough for swimming. The only trouble w...  more »
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  • It was my first time here and didnt know what to expect. I loved it! I'm a free spirit and this place was very relaxing and liberating. There was both gay and straight but everyone kept to themselves. Even if someone was 15 feet away, it never felt like anyone was in your space. The walk down to the lake is a challenge, you have to climb rocks both up and down.
  • I'm done with this place & will never go back! 9 times out of 10 when my girlfriend and I get in the water some perv will swim up trying to get in on the action like it's some kind of swingers club- one guy was masturbating in the water less than 10 feet from us & when you go to report this, the perv is gone! There are broken bottles around even though you can't have glass containers so be sure to bring shoes. The water level is down & it stinks. The staff that monitors the people out there is ok but, one of the patrol officers out there seems to think she's a combination of Dirty Harry & the goddess of law enforcement! She's so militant, tiny & skinny and she should focus on the pervert crowd instead of acting like Barney Fife. There are no other nude beaches around & maybe we'll go back one day but, if one more idiot tries to horn in on us I hope I won't get charged with assault or something! Beware folks, I'm done with that placeπŸ˜•πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž
  • I prefer going here during the weekdays so there isn't a lot of traffic. Unfortunately this brings out the male creepers who stalk the topless women. Can't completely fix the problem but at least the staff and law enforcement are always patrolling. Very serene spots that is my retreat when I need to be near water and free to be myself.
  • Great place! 18+ only. Clothing optional, however, the majority were naked. So, if nudity isn't your thing, this place might not be for you! $15 entry fee per car. The ticket allows you entry to other sections of the lake for the day. I believe the parks are open 9am- til dusk. Drinking is permitted but may not be in glass bottles and must be covered. No life guard on duty, so be cautious of that. Be sure to wear good walking shoes as it's a bit of a hike/climb down to the lake! I had no issues with pervs. Even while by myself. Everyone was friendly! Once you get over the initial shock of seeing and being seen, it feels completely natural. However, you can report lewd behavior to the police. I personally only saw one guard, and he was in the parking lot haha. I have read multiple reports of people being arrested, so definitely don't risk hanky-panky here. Only complaint would be the litter. It kind of took away from the charm. Although,I don't blame the park for lazy adults not cleaning up after themselves!!! If you bring your usual lake/beach material, and an open mind, you'll have a great time. Will definitely be back! :)
  • Would be better if the beach wasn't quite so rocky, but having a public clothing optional so close by is awesome.

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