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Hippie Hollow, Lago Vista

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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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  • Overall we 3 women had a fun time. Bring towels because there is no sand, only rock! There were way more men than women, and it seemed that the foot traffic near us specifically was high, but luckily ...  more »
  • Large rocky lake beach. This is not your typical nude beach in the US. It is all rocks and you need a chair or a Matt. We had towels and it hurt sitting on the rocks. Wear water shoes to get in the wa...  more »
  • Haven't been nude in public since Hedo, but great 2 days here...great locals, cool relaxed atmosphere. ...sun n fun  more »
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  • Pretty park/beach. The beach is really just rocks you can lie/sit on, its nice.
  • I love this place and now the water is way up it's even better. Myself 52 MWF and had a blast letting lots of guys see me nude.
  • Always a fun place to cut loose. If you enjoy letting it all hang out this is the place. Def. A must see while in Austin Tx.
  • Only been twice, but I've enjoyed relaxing here both times. I just have to keep my Irish skin in the shade. LOL With most folks being sun worshippers, that's not much of a problem. I like that you can wear as little or as much as you feel like. No one stares, no one judges. A very peaceful environment.
  • Such an incredible outdoor park on the lake - it's expensive to park, but worth it on a nice day... Especially if you don't mind public nudity (this is a nude "beach"). There are lots of little rock alcoves and entrances to the water (no sandy beaches) along a really nice and well maintained path that runs the entire stretch of the park along the water.