Travis County Parks
As of June 30, 2006 the Travis County Park Rules have been revised. Please take note of the revisions below marked "NEW."
Every effort is made to keep the parks open, available and accessible to everyone. The park rules are designed to foster cooperation among park users and to allow us to pass the parks along to the next generation in better condition than we found them. Below is a complete listing of the current Travis County park rules. To ask a question or for more information please call (512) 854-PARK (7275).
- Soliciting - No soliciting is allowed. No one may rent or sell any item or service except under an approved concession contract.
- Noise Limit - Visitors will not create excessive noise, excessive being a level which disturbs other visitors or adjacent residents. All generators and/or amplified music must be turned off between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am.
- Minors - Adults are responsible for their minor children's actions.
Public Consumption – Public display of the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in any park. Intoxicated persons will not be allowed in the parks. Visitors who become intoxicated will be removed from the parks.
Note: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at youth events.
Metal Detectors – Metal Detectors are prohibited in any park.
Pets – All pets must be kept under the owner's direct control and attached to a person or fixed object at all times by a leash not to exceed six feet in length, and shall not be left unattended or constitute a nuisance. Noisy, vicious, or dangerous animals are not permitted, as determined on site by park staff.
Exception: Pets are not allowed in Hamilton Pool Preserve, Pogue Springs Preserve, Wild Basin Preserve, Hippie Hollow Park, Tom Hughes Park, or on the Point at Bob Wentz Park.
- Horses are allowed only at Pace Bend Park and Webberville Park only with coggins papers. Northeast Metropolitan Park Equestrian Areas are for special use groups only. Coggins papers and prior approval is required.
- Other pets/animals, such as barnyard animals, exotics, llamas, mules, donkeys, goats and what would be considered a wild animal will not be allowed to be brought into any park.
- Weapons, Firearms, and Fireworks - No person shall possess or discharge weapons, firearms, or fireworks in any county park.
- Glass Containers - No person shall bring into or use glass containers in any area of or within any Travis County Park.
- Swimming - All swimming is at your own risk. No
lifeguards are provided.
Exception: Swimming and other water contact are not allowed at Hamilton Pool Preserve when bacteria levels exceed safe standards, and when signs are posted.
- Animals - Visitors are prohibited from disturbing, feeding, harming, collecting, or releasing animals in the parks.
- Natural Materials - No person shall destroy, disturb, or remove from county parkland any timber, shrubs, other vegetations, rock, sand, gravel, caliche, or other similar substance, material, or geologic feature. Plants may not be brought into the parks. The cutting and/or gathering of firewood is prohibited.
- Archaeological, Paleontological, and Historic Features - Archaeological, paleontological, and/or historical features of any character located in, on, or under county parkland may not be disturbed.
- Property - Visitors are prohibited from carving, painting, or otherwise marking any tree, fence, rock, building, etc. Visitors are prohibited from altering any barrier, fence, traffic control device, or other county property.
- Solid Waste - No garbage or other solid waste may be dumped or littered in the parks. Garbage associated with park use must be deposited in containers provided.
- Fires - Fires are permitted in camp
stoves, grills, or fireplaces. Ground fires are permitted in designated
areas only and must be maintained in a safe and controlled manner at
all times. Visitors must furnish proof of adequate firewood in order
to receive a (free) campfire permit. Visitors without the proper permit
will not be allowed to have a campfire. Fires may be prohibited during
Exception: No fires, stoves, or cooking of any kind are permitted in Hamilton Pool Preserve or Wild Basin Preserve. No ground fires are allowed in any day use park.
- Vehicles - Motorized vehicles are confined to designated roadways and parking areas. Vehicles which are not licensed for street use are prohibited. Only two vehicles are allowed per designated campsite. All vehicles and boat trailers in the improved campsite areas of Pace Bend Park and Bob Wentz Park must park in designated areas only and are also limited to two vehicles per site.
- Boat Launching - All trailered or motorized watercraft must be launched at designated boat ramps or boat launch areas only.
- Abandoned Vehicles - Any vehicle, boat, trailer, or other property abandoned in a county park is in violation of state laws and/or county rules and may be removed and stored at the owner's expense.
Any violation of park rules may result in the confiscation of park permit(s) and removal from the park for a period not less than 48 hours.
Last Modified:Wednesday, January 27, 2010 2:30 PM