There’s no denying it: summer is sizzling in Austin. But luckily, Mother Nature helps out with a number of splashy swimming holes that offer a fun way to cool off. Shake the summer heat at some of the best swimming holes found in and around Austin.
Blue Hole. Credit Pierce Ingram.
Drive 45 minutes south of Austin to reach the glorious Blue Hole, located just outside of Wimberley. The crystal-clear waters of Blue Hole stay an ideal 75 degrees all year-round, and are shaded by towering cypress trees. Manicured waterside lawns are the perfect place to spread out a blanket and crack open your cooler. Rope swings hanging from the trees complete the quintessential water hole experience.
Advance reservations are required for swimming, so make your reservation online here.
The Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls areas of the Barton Creek Greenbelt are hidden local secrets. It’s about a half-mile hike on a well-defined trail to reach Twin Falls from the closest entrance. But once you arrive, you’ll be treated to relaxing shallow stream waters, although there are plenty of rocky areas for adventurous climbing and exploring the falls. Hike a mile further and you’ll reach Sculpture Falls, another hidden gem watering hole.
Trail access is open and Greenbelt swimming is subject to current water levels. Swim at your own risk.
Jacob's Well. Credit Pierce Ingram.
Swim in an artesian spring just 40 minutes outside of Austin at Jacob's Well Natural Area. The cool, clear water is surrounded by rocky ledges and shady trees, creating a picture-perfect swimming hole. Jacob’s Well is the second-largest fully submerged cave in Texas, and the spring releases thousands of gallons of water a day, eventually feeding into the Blanco River.
Jacob’s Well fills up quickly, and reservations are needed to swim.
Krause Springs. Credit Haley Plotkin.
Krause Springs, a well-loved swimming and camping site, is located in Spicewood, just 30 miles west of Austin in beautiful Texas Hill Country. The friendly Krause family has privately owned the site for more than 50 years. Spend the day swimming in its 32 springs, as well as natural and manmade pools. And be sure to take a walk through the colorful Butterfly Gardens.
The Springs are open. Visitors can review guidelines and admission rates here or call (401) 236-7554 to inquire about availability.
Barton Springs. Credit Monet Hambrick.
Combine great swimming with people watching at the historic Barton Springs Pool, just minutes from downtown Austin. Located in the heart of the 360-acre Zilker Park, this swimmer’s paradise features clear water fed from underground springs that stays a refreshing 68 degrees year ‘round, along with grassy hills for sunbathing.
No reservation required, but visitors must purchase an entry pass here or onsite at a ticket kiosk. Check current hours before you go.
The huge Deep Eddy Pool is the state’s oldest pool, and offers a traditional public pool experience for lap swimming and recreational swimming in the center of Austin.
Open daily; check the website for hours and admission fees.
Hamilton Pool. Credit Dave Mead.
Located a 40-minute drive from Austin in the Texas Hill Country, Hamilton Pool Preserve is a geological wonder. This historic swimming hole was formed by the Hamilton Creek spilling out over limestone outcroppings, creating a dramatic 50-foot waterfall that plunges into a canyon.
Limited activities such as hiking are currently available at the preserve, swimming is NOT currently allowed. Check the website for the latest opening and reservation information.
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