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Hippie Hollow, Lago Vista

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#287 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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  • Loved this nude lake! I was nude all day and boy was it very relaxing.. don't be shy and go hangout by Travis Lake! Great atmosphere.. people were respectful of each other's space which made it even better! :D u have to pay $15 to get in..
  • I've gone here for a few years know and have taken my girlfriend the last few times. It's lots of fun but even more fun if you take someone with you. I would definitely tell my friends but to make someone goes with them so you don't seem so creep especially if your a guy.
  • Met some amazing locals. everyone was very friendly and nice .could walk down the path naked in front of cops drinking an alcoholic adult beverage , smoking a cigarette. was the best adult Beach I have ever been to. very clean very respectful!!
  • Despite the no infant policy, the place is worth a trip if you like being one with nature. There is a main walkway (1/2 mile long) with stairs going down to the water every 50ft or so. It was very easy to find a rock to ourselves. The area is heavily wooded and is on the Southern coast of Lake Travis so the sun exposure and sunsets are amazing! $15 per car load. $8 for walk-in's and bikes. We went on a Wednesday afternoon and was not crowded. The critical mass of visitors was in area 1 (to the right of the attendants booth) and below bathhouse #2.
  • Please just go at least once! It's a wonderful place! Very safe and peaceful!

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