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TRIBEZA’S Guide to Spicewood

Embark on a journey through Spicewood, Texas, where charming small-town hospitality meets scenic landscapes. From picturesque vineyards to outdoor adventures, discover the local gems that make Spicewood a must-visit destination.

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Krause Springs (photo by Laura Saucedo/Inspire by Laura)

Outdoor Adventures

Krause Springs

424 County Road 404

Krause Springs is a beloved swimming and camping spot in the scenic Texas Hill Country. Situated in Spicewood, just 30 miles west of Austin, this 115-acre oasis is steeped in history, listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites and family-owned by the Krause Family for over five decades. The property has a natural pool with a rope swing and a manmade pool fed by crystal-clear waters that maintain a refreshing temperature of about 68 degrees year-round. Accommodations include primitive tent camping and RV sites equipped with water and electricity. Entrance fees are free for children under four years old, $6 for 4 – 11 years old, and $10 for adults.

Pace Bend Park

2805 Pace Bend Road N

Nestled just off State Highway 71 in Spicewood, this sprawling 1368-acre park stands as the largest lake park in Travis County. Pace Bend Park boasts two boat ramps, over nine miles of serene Lake Travis shoreline, and 20 coves and inlets, offering a tranquil haven for swimmers, boaters, and campers alike. Whether seeking the comforts of improved campsites or primitive ones, visitors can enjoy picnic tables, barbecue grills, fire rings, and an extensive network of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. From primitive camping to fishing excursions, Pace Bend Park offers an array of outdoor experiences for all to enjoy at $5 per person for a day park pass, $20 per campsite per night, and $30 for improved RV camping (two vehicles/eight-person limit per campsite). 

Photo courtesy of Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area
Photo courtesy of Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

2820 County Road 414

This 616-acre park in the Texas Hill Country offers picturesque views of Lake Travis. With miles of multi-use trails, tent camping by the lakeshore or under oak-tree canopies, and access to the lake via boat ramp or kayak rental, Muleshoe Bend is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Entrance fees range from $2 to $12, with lodging options including campsites at $25 or $35. Check out their events page for group excursions such as campfire cooking lessons, electric bike rides, guided hikes, and more.

Milton Reimers Ranch Park

23610 Hamilton Pool Road

Discover the beauty of this sprawling parkland, boasting nearly 3 miles of uninterrupted frontage along the Pedernales River. Reimers Ranch has garnered acclaim from the Central Texas rock-climbing community and local mountain bikers revel in exploring over 18 miles of trails. The hidden gem within this expansive landscape is the Pogue Springs Preserve/Hogge Reserve, offering equally breathtaking vistas with its riverfront panoramas, rugged canyons, and sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country. Amenities abound at Reimers Ranch, including an Astronomical Observatory (reservations required), educational programs, equestrian trail riding, hiking, mountain biking trails, rock climbing, swimming and more. Daily entrance fees are $5 per person, $3 for seniors, and children enjoy complimentary access. 

Where to Eat and Drink

Photo courtesy of Opie’s Barbecue
Photo courtesy of Opie’s Barbecue

Opie’s Barbecue

9504 State Highway 71

Indulge in savory BBQ meats and delectable sides at this beloved Spicewood eatery, offering both walk-up service for takeout and a cozy dining experience in a no-frills setting. Since its establishment in 1999, Opie’s, a family-owned gem has captured the hearts of locals with its mouthwatering offerings. Using a 12-foot-long smoke pit, they cook up freshly smoked meats daily. From succulent brisket to zesty jalapeno sausage and tender baby back ribs, there’s something to satisfy every BBQ craving. Remember to save room for their irresistible cobblers and banana pudding. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until they run out of meat daily. 

Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse

22308 State Highway 71

Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse is a quintessential Spicewood destination for late-night drinks and country charm. Guests can savor hearty hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and desserts while enjoying live music or relaxing on the large patio’s picnic tables. Over the years, Poodie’s has hosted legendary musicians like Willie Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jerry Jeff Walker and more. Embracing the slogan “No Bad Days,” it’s the perfect spot for great Texas music, good food, cold beer, and sensational sunsets every day of the week.

Photo courtesy of Angel’s Icehouse
Photo courtesy of Angel’s Icehouse

Angel’s Icehouse

21815 State Highway 71

Angel’s Icehouse is the perfect spot for post-lake summer days, offering live music, local beers on draft, and a menu with something for everyone. With a huge backyard play area for kids and a dog-friendly atmosphere, it’s a fun destination for the whole family. Grab a frozen margarita and enjoy the laid-back vibes while listening to bands perform on their outdoor stage.

Pizzeria Sorellina

23526 State Highway 71

Pizzeria Sorellina serves up a delightful mix of classic and unique pizzas, alongside fresh salads, appetizers, cocktails, and desserts in a casual, inviting atmosphere. Don’t miss their Sunday brunch, which features special brunch pizzas paired with bloody marys and mimosas, all set to the tune of live music. Additionally, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can shop at the year-round outdoor farmers market onsite focusing on local and sustainable producers.

Photo courtesy of Spicewood Vineyards
Photo courtesy of Spicewood Vineyards

Spicewood Vineyards

1419 County Road 409

Discover the best Texas wines at Spicewood Vineyards, where one can indulge in award-winning selections through tastings, by the glass, or by the bottle in a tranquil environment. Set on a picturesque thirty-two-acre vineyard, this serene retreat invites guests to relax on the covered porches, enjoy a glass of wine, and take in the Texas Hill Country views.

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Iron Wolf

101 County Road 409

Located on 15 scenic acres in the Texas Hill Country, Iron Wolf Ranch & Distillery offers a unique blend of award-winning spirits including vodka, gin, rum, bourbon, and flavored whiskeys. This family-friendly and pet-friendly venue provides live music every weekend, spirit tastings, dining options, and yard games. Open Friday through Sunday, Iron Wolf is the perfect spot to unwind with good drinks, great views, and lively entertainment.

Photo courtesy of Frontyard Brewing
Photo courtesy of Frontyard Brewing

Frontyard Brewing/5 Soul Wine Co.

4514 Bob Wire Road

5 Soul Wine Co. offers a modern winery experience in a family-friendly setting, with pickleball courts, a children’s playground, and cozy areas with TVs and a fireplace. Guests can enjoy a range of beverages, from fine wines to craft brews and seltzer cocktails at the adjacent Frontyard Brewing. Open Tuesday through Sunday, expect live music on the weekend, fun events, yard games and food trucks onsite.