Taking a dip in the old swimming hole. It’s like a rite of passage in this part of Texas. And in the Hill Country, there’s five I think you need to check out. And if you’re new to the area, take plenty of pictures and send them to the folks back home. I promise you they’ll be jealous.
1) Barton Springs – Austin
Inside Austin’s Zilker Park, lies the three acre water hole, fed from underground springs with an average year-round temperature of 68-70 degrees. This place is great if you’ve got someone in your crew who wants to go swimming, but prefers a pool-like setting instead of a treasure in the woods. For more info check here
2) Jacob’s Well – Wimberley A beautiful setting complete with rope swing along Cypress Creek and one seriously deep hole. And we meant DEEP. Ideal for swimming around, but we don’t suggest scuba diving since there is a danger of the walls crumbling on you. But as a place to pass a summer afternoon at, it’s ideal and amazing at the same time. For more info and directions click here
3) McKinney Falls – near Austin If a trip for you to a swimming hole must include playing in some waterfalls, this is the place for you. Located east of I-35 within Austin’s city limits, this little bit of country in the city is a 726-acre park acquired in 1970 from private donation and was opened to the public in 1976. For camping and hours open info click here
4) Hamilton Pool – Dripping Springs A very popular, picturesque spot to cool off during the hot Texas summer, make sure you head there early if you want to take a dip. Travis county Parks limits the number of visitors and it’s not unusual for an hour and a half wait in the vehicle line to get in if you’re not there early. But the wait is worth it! More info here
5) Krause Springs – Spicewood West of Round Rock in the Spicewood area, greenery abounds with moss covered rock and beautiful waterfalls to play in. The trees line the water with rope swings. When the creator made Texas swimming holes, this had to have been the first one made. A perfect place to take the family for a weekend of camping or just a quick day trip, find out more here