It’s undeniable. You live in a technology-focused world.
The upside? You are able to take pictures, in beautiful detail, of the places you visit and immediately share them for everyone to see.
There’s also a second upside. You live in the Lake Travis area, one of the most picturesque spots in the sprawling Texas Hill Country.
Whether you want to capture the perfect sunset or a great lookout over Lake Travis. Or when you need a backdrop for family photos. We have you covered.
Here are 10 awesome places to take Lake Travis pictures … with a few bonus places:
#1 – Pace Bend Park
One of the more popular parks to visit in Lake Travis is Pace Bend. Just a little way up the road in Spicewood, you’ll have cove after cove of scenic vistas.
HINT: Don’t forget your wide lens for this trip – many of the lookouts feature sweeping views of the water that you won’t want to miss. (Photo credit: Mandy Spivey)
#2 – Hamilton Pool
Easily one of the most visited Lake Travis area swimming holes, Hamilton Pool is a gem for swimmers and photographers alike. Bring a towel and your waterproof camera, some of the pictures taken at this location are almost dreamlike in their beauty.
HINT: At certain times of the year a trickling waterfall will make appearances, so keep an eye open during rainier months. (Photo credit: Mandy Spivey)
#3 – Oasis Texas Brewing Company
A sunset pic at The Oasis is too obvious, right?
So when you want that perfect picture of Lake Travis — in a less crowded setting — look no further than the brewery at The Oasis.
Way up high on the third story above The Oasis, you’ll get some of the best Lake Travis pictures from the outdoor patio. And as an added bonus, you can enjoy a craft brew while you view.
HINT: As you know, The Oasis rings their bell at sunset. But if you’re upstairs, you can still hear it. Think of it as your own special alarm for a Lake Travis sunset pic. (Photo credit: Todd Hower)
#4 – St. Luke’s on the Lake
This episcopal church located at 5600 Ranch Road 620 N is nestled on the cliffs with an incredible view of Lake Travis. In fact, this place of worship is known as, “The Church with The View.”
When you park and walk towards the main buildings, you’ll see great views of the lake through the trees. You should definitely walk behind the church to their mini viewing deck for the perfect shot.
HINT: The church says people come to their services for their breathtaking views and end up staying for the “family,” so if you’re curious, that’s fine with them. (Photo credit: Cathy Hale)
#5 – Austin Yacht Club
When your idea of a Lake Travis picture is right there on the shore, then you might want to take advantage of the many marinas and yacht clubs in the area for that. In fact, on Hudson Bend there are five marinas to choose from, one of the most popular being Austin Yacht Club.
HINT: One of the best times to get a striking photos is during the Turnback Canyon Regatta, a weekend long sailing race. (Photo credit: Cathy Hale)
#6 – Hippie Hollow Park
Easily one of the most infamous swimming spots in all of Austin, you can catch that Texas sun without the tan lines — meaning it’s the only clothing optional public park in Texas.
Even if nude sunbathing isn’t your bag, you can take advantage of the many limestone cliffs to take photos from, featuring some of the nicest shores of Lake Travis you can find.
HINT: Perhaps not the best spot for family photos with little kiddos. 😉 (Photo credit: Matthew Rutledge CC on Flickr)
#7 – Lucy’s on the Lake
At Lucy’s you can grab a bucket-o-chicken and click away at the beautiful backdrop of Lake Travis. Sunsets are a particularly popular time to take photos, so don’t hesitate to head over during the golden hour.
HINT: What goes perfectly with a sunset at Lucy’s? A sip of their signature Tarragon Lemonade made with Waterloo gin, St. Germaine, tarragon and their house-made lemonade. (Photo credit: Cathy Hale)
#8 – Lakeway City Park
Located in Lakeway at 502 Hurst Creek Rd., this is a waterfront park with walking trails, playground, baseball fields, volleyball, basketball and more.
When Lake Travis is full, you can park and literally walk right into the lake. And the park benches will be slightly submerged to keep your feet cool. Now that’s living the #lakelife!
HINT: You can also take pics from the deck of the pavilion, but walking down to the water provides the best views. (Photo credit: Cathy Hale)
#9 – Pennybacker Bridge
Not far from Mount Bonnell in Austin is another favorite, Pennybacker Bridge. It’s a bit of a climb to get to the top, but the view from up there is definitely worth the sweat and work it takes to get there.
HINT: This is another spot that is great for those wide shots, so bring your fancy camera. (Photo credit: Mandy Spivey)
#10 – Krause Springs
When it’s time to take the day off and hit cooler waters, it’s a perfect time to head to Krause Springs in Spicewood. Covered in green foliage and natural waterfalls, you’ll have so many picture opportunities that you’ll have to make the rounds. Bring a swim suit and a cooler for the full day experience.
HINT: Bonus photo opps for the on-site butterfly garden at the front entrance! (Photo credit: Mandy Spivey)
A few other places worth checking out:
Did we leave out your favorite? Share a comment here or at the Lake Travis Lifestyle Facebook page to let us know your favorite spot for taking Lake Travis pictures.