AUSTIN SWIMMING HOLES
There's a reason Austin is often ranked one of the fittest cities in the country. From natural pools along our many local greenbelts to spring-fed icons like Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools - Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities for everyone. So pack up the kids, or load up the pup and head to these swim spots for the most refreshing experiences you're sure to find around town.
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Head south of downtown to the Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls area of the greenbelt and chill out in the shallow waters, enjoy the slow-moving current and spread out for a picnic on the sidelines. Explore the falls and waterways in the spring and fall, or after rains.
Located in Spicewood, just 30 miles west of Austin, this popular camping and swimming destination has been privately owned by the Krause family for more than 50 years. The hospitable Texans invite guests to explore 32 springs, a man-made pool and natural pool. Make time for a stroll through the Butterfly Gardens.
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.
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. Note: Reservations are now required between May and September. Limited activities such as hiking are currently available at Hamilton Pool, although swimming is NOT currently allowed.
Deep Eddy Pool
If you're looking for a traditional public pool experience in the heart of Austin, Deep Eddy is your go-to. A day pass will get you access to the oldest, natural swimming pool in Texas. There’s plenty of grass, plenty of shade and a whole lot of cool, clear water.
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. Note: Reservations are required during peak seasons. Limited activities such as hiking are currently available at Jacob's Well, although swimming is NOT currently allowed.