6 AUSTIN SWIMMING HOLES

Hamilton Pool 

Summers in Austin mean rooftop patios, refreshing food and drinks and long, laid-back days. It also means rising temps. Here are six of the area's top splash spots to help you make the most of summer.

McKinney Falls State Park
Looking to get out of the city but aren't looking to go far? Jaunt on over to this nearby 635-acre state park. Pedal or hike miles of trails, have a picnic or camp out, but be sure to visit the waterfalls and dip into the cool swimming hole.

Pedernales Falls
This state park has it all: camping, picnicking, hiking, river swimming, mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding. After swimming and splashing around in the river, take an easy hike along the family-friendly quarter-mile nature trail to the Twin Falls scenic overlook. Don't forget the camera.

Barton Springs Pool
In the heart of Zilker Park, minutes from downtown, lies this 200-yard swimming paradise. Barton Springs Pool features year-round, 68-degree, clear water, deep diving and shallow areas for the kids and grassy hills for sunbathing. You name it, this park has it and everyone knows it so get there early if you can.

Hamilton Pool
(pictured above)
A 40-minute drive from town takes you to another world. One of the most inviting geological phenomena of the Texas Hill Country, Hamilton Pool provides excellent hiking and trail running trails, as well as a stunning swimming hole with a 50-foot waterfall. Hop on in - the water is nice and cool.

Deep Eddy Pool
If you're looking for a traditional public pool experience in the heart of Austin, Deep Eddy is your go-to. The state's oldest swimming pool also hosts Splash Party Movie Nights when they show films on an inflatable screen. Check their site or call for show times.

Jacob's Well
A must for any Texan and Texas visitor, Jacob's Well Natural Area gives folks the unique opportunity to swim directly in an artesian spring. About 40 minutes from Austin, the spring's cool, clear water surrounded by rock ledges and lots of trees represent what all Texas swimming holes used to be, and should be.

Copy contributed by Dave Brown, RootsRated Austin Staff Writer