Spicewood, Texas – The Official Visitor’s Guide

Spicewood Texas is a small, unincorporated town in Burnet County located less than 40 miles north-west of downtown Austin and 15 miles south of Marble Falls, Texas. Spicewood is located along Lake Travis, on the northern side of the lake. Despite its small size, Spicewood has some big sights and activities to enjoy, many of which have been featured in Texas Highways Travel Magazine. Spicewood’s restful atmosphere offers a great getaway from the hectic, fast paced life of big cities like Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.

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Accommodations Wineries and Vineyards
Restaurants Parks
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Fishing Map of Spicewood
Golf Courses Government Offices

The History of Spicewood

It is believed that Spicewood was named for the Spicewood Timber that grows nearby. In the late 1800’s there were several small towns in the area surrounding Spicewood. In 1899 a post office was opened in Spicewood and the residents of the nearby towns began using Spicewood as a hub of community activity. As these smaller towns began to decline over the years, Spicewood grew. In 1940’s the road that is now Highway 71 was built which gave the town additional business growth due to the increased traffic in the area.

Today, Spicewood acts as a great base for people looking to enjoy the activities of Lake Buchanan in a significantly more tranquil area of the lake. Learn more about Spicewood in this episode of Daytripper:

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Spicewood Accommodations

Check out our printable guide to hotels in the Highland Lakes (PDF)


Lodging in Spicewood, Texas offers all the benefits of a lakeside vacation without the noise and crowds associated with the more popular areas of Lake Travis.  Many visitors come to Spicewood for a quiet, romantic getaway and others for the natural scenery and parks.  Whatever your reasons for visiting Spicewood, we are sure you will be happy with one the below lodging properties.

Chanticleer Log Cabin

PO Box 232, Spicewood, Texas 78669
Phone: 830-693-4269
Email: Chanticleer_bb@yahoo.com


Beautifully restored log cabin on Lake Travis ranch in Spicewood

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Spicewood Cottage

1100 Rustic Lane, Spicewood, TX 78669
Email: pardo@tstar.net


Cozy 1/1 guest cottage with queen size bed, twin sleeper sofa, private bath

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Lake Travis Ranch House

Spicewood, Texas 78669
Phone: 512-394-3524
Email: info@laketravisranch.com


On 6 acres, this Spicewood vacation home rental features a theatre room, pool, beach area on Lake Travis

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Boat Rentals

When staying in Spicewood, there are a couple places to launch or rent boats. Briar Cliff Marina provides rentals of various size boats, they also have a store, café, boat slips and boat launching facilities. Lakeway Marina also offers one-stop shopping for your boating needs as well as boat rental and boat launch facilities.

Briarcliff Marina
406 Sleat Drive, Briarcliff, TX 78669
(512) 264-2666
Boat rentals as well private boat launching available.
Lakeway Marina
103 A Lakeway Drive
Austin, Texas 78734
(512) 261-7511br>
Boat rental, slips, and launching available.


Below you will find fishing guides for Lake Travis. Be sure to make reservations before your trip to Spicewood and bring a fishing license with you.

You can also visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife web site for tips on fishing Lake Travis.

Bass Man Austin
(512) 658-5530
Guide service for fishing on Lake Travis.
Git Bit Guide Service
(512) 773-7401
Email: gitbit@austin.rr.com
Professional guide service for Lake Travis fishing.


Lake Travis boasts a number of parks and a wide range of recreational activities. There are 14 LCRA parks and recreation areas on Lake Travis. With over 350,000 annual visitors, the most popular of these parks for Spicewood visitors is Pace Bend Park where you'll find various activities including hiking, biking, camping, and fishing.

Krause Springs is also a very popular area to play outdoors in Spicewood. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful swimming holes in Texas.

Golf Courses

A golf course is never far away in Spicewood, Texas. Owned by Willie Nelson, the Pedernales Golf Club is a favorite spot for golfers looking for a nine hole course close to their lodging in Spicewood. Blue Lake Golf Course also offers a 9-hole golf course with golf carts available for rent.

For an 18-hole golf course near Spicewood, check out Hidden Falls Golf Club located in Marble Falls.

Wineries and Vineyards

Spicewood Vineyards has been making award winning wines since 1992 and their wines are available at various stores and restaurants in Texas. Spicewood Vineyard's tasting room is open Wednesday thru Sunday and by special appointment on Monday and Tuesday.

Stone House Vineyard is located next to Lake Travis in Spicewood. Situated on over 6 acres, Stone House Vineyard and offers tours Thursday thru Sunday and Monday thru Wednesday by appointment.

McReynold's Wines is located in Cyprus Mills, just a stones throw from Spicewood. McReynold's Wines is open for tours Saturday and Sunday.

For an interactive map of local wineries, see the Texas Hill Country Wineries web site .

For more wineries and vineyards near Spicewood, see our visitor's guide for Marble Falls Wineries.

Additional Fun

For more activities while visiting Spicewood, go see a performance by the Spicewood Art Society, who have been supporting arts in Spicewood since 2000. You can also take a trip to Spicewood Spines and enjoy their gardens and art gallery.


Map of Spicewood

Below is a map of Spicewood and its lodging and attractions. You can use your cursor to move around the map, zoom in and out, or click on an icon to view information about that lodging venue or attraction. Be sure to check with the businesses themselves for directions as some of the icons on this map of Spicewood are only intended to provided general locations.


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Government Offices

Please feel free to contact any of these Spicewood area government offices with any questions you may have. For help making reservations at any one of Spicewood's lodging properties, please contact the Burnet County Tourism Director.

County of Burnet
220 South Pierce St.
Burnet, Texas 78611
(512) 756-5420

Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce
1415 RR 620 South
Suite 202
Austin, Texas 78734

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(800) 792-1112
Burnet County Tourism
810 Steve Hawkins Drive, Suite 4
Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Lower Colorado River Authority
P.O. Box 220
Austin, TX 78767

Main Physical Address:
LCRA Headquarters
3700 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703
(512) 473-3200

Texas Department of Transportation
125 East 11th St.,
Austin, TX 78701
(800) 558-9368

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Couldn't find what you were looking for in our Guide to Spicewood, Texas? Check out what the other cities in Burnet County have to offer. Visit our travel guides for Bertram, Burnet, Granite Shoals, Kingsland, and Marble Falls.


If you'd prefer a lakeside vacation, see our travel guides for Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, and Lake Travis.


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