The other-worldly beauty of Jacob’s Well—along with its year round water temperature of 68°F—makes it a popular swimming hole for hot Texas summers. Located within the 81 acres of Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley, TX, this stunning spot is a must-see. Due to drought and low water levels, swimming is currently prohibited at Jacob's Well. Please visit the website for more details.
History of Jacob’s Well
The clear waters of Jacob’s Well come from the Trinity Aquifer, far below the surface, and feed Cypress Creek. In the 1850s, settler William C. Winters followed the creek to find its source. He was surprised to reach a deep, clear pool with a spring bubbling several feet above the water’s surface. He said it was “like unto a well in Bible times,” which is why it was named Jacob’s Well from the Gospel of John.
The first chamber of the well stretches 23’ down from the surface, where it connects with a further cave and tunnel system. The submerged caverns descend a total of 140’, or 14 stories.
In the years since its discovery, the increased use of the waters from the Trinity Aquifer has reduced the waterflow into the well. While the waters no longer dome above the surface, you can still see a ripple as the spring continues to feed the pool and Cypress Creek.
Swimming and Tours at Jacob’s Well
Swimming is at Jacob's Well is prohibited at this time. Please see site for more details.
Jacob’s Well is open for swimming from May 1st to September 30th each year. Swimmers can stay in the shallows to enjoy the cool water, or jump from an overcrop into the 23’ well.
For those who’d rather explore the surrounding areas, there are several hiking trails in the natural area that are suitable for all skill levels. Free guided morning tours are also offered two Saturdays per month from October through April. Trained guides will share their knowledge about the history of the area as well as the native plant and wildlife.
On the first Saturday of the non-summer months, bring the kids to Free Family Fun Days where trained volunteers will lead them through crafts, games, and hikes.
Hours, Admissions, & Accessibility
Jacob’s Well is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.
Hikers and other non-swimmers do not have to pay an entrance fee or make a reservation. However, they should arrive early as the park can reach capacity. Swimmers must pay a fee of $5 for children ages 5-12, $9 for adults, and $5 for seniors. Children under 4 can swim for free, and Hays County residents can swim for $5.
A hike of approximately 1,300 feet is required to reach the well, and strollers are not recommended. However, some accommodations can be made for those who need extra help reaching the well. Contact Hays County Parks and Recreation department for more details.
Visit the Hays County website for full admissions information.
Contributed by Kate McDermott.
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