What to do when the Texas summers get hotter than Kacey Musgraves in a sundress? Head on down to one of the 15 swimming holes in the Texas Hill Country.
15. Blue Hole, Wimberley
When real estate developers wanted to set up shop on the Blue Hole, the folks in Wimberley put their collective foot down and initiated the necessary fundraising and city-bill-writing to make Blue Hole a city park. Blue Hole is the locals’ favorite spot to cool off. The park is open year-round and the water, fed by natural springs of the San Gabriel River, runs cool.
14. Krause Springs, Spicewood
Krause Springs is a collection of 32 natural springs just 30 miles west of Austin. The swimming hole is the real highlight of the springs. It’s natural, relaxing and accented by a whopper of a waterfall when the water is flowing fast!
13. Schumacher Crossing, Hunt
You can thank the late John Schumacher for damming up this little section of the Guadalupe in the early 1920’s to prevent flooding, which inadvertently created quite the swimming hole. Schumacher Crossing along the Guadalupe River is a true beauty, with a panoramic cascade of short waterfalls enveloped by towering cypress trees.
12. Hippie Hollow, Austin
Hippie Hollow is Lake Travis’ famous “clothing optional” swimming hole. If you’re looking for true aquatic freedom, Hippie Hollow is your spot. Just don’t look to close, because there really are nude hippies in live 3D.
11. Jacob’s Well, Wimberley
Jacob’s Well swimming hole is situated over an artesian spring fed by the Trinity Aquifer. The aquifer is actually 140 feet below the water’s surface, and the well leads to one of the Lone Star State’s biggest underwater cave systems.
10. McKinney Falls, Austin
Where the Onion and Williamson Creeks meet, you’ll find McKinney Falls State Park, home to McKinney Falls. The rushing water here pours over a limestone ridge to form a lively waterfall and great backdrop for a day in the water.
9. Blanco State Park, Blanco
Just a few blocks down from the Blanco Courthouse, you’ll find Blanco State Park’s awesome swimming holes. The Blanco River is lined with limestone, nearly always flowing, and a consistently cool temperature. A man-made damn creates fun set of waterfalls, but the pool is mostly still and relaxing.
8. Landa Park at Comal Springs, New Braunfels
Comal Springs in New Braunfels are the state’s largest group of aquifer-fed springs. At Landa Park, Edwards Aquifer feed into a massive lagoon complete with lazy tubing, climbing, and even a slide carved into the side of a dam!
7. Colorado Bend State Park, Bend
When you’re done hiking to Gorman Falls at Colorado Bend State Park, take a short hike down the Spicewood Springs trail to the multiple pools that are formed along the Colorado River. A big change here is that instead of one big lagoon, you almost get your own little private pool every 30 to 40 feet.
6. Hancock Springs, Lampasas
For over 100 years, people have applauded the healing properties of Hancock Springs. The salty, sulfuric creek maintains a constant 72-degrees. The pool has existed as a baptismal river for Lampasas’ Baptists, a hot spot health spa and now as a free pool that welcomes all to its healthy waters.
5. Devil’s Waterhole, Burnet
Devil’s Waterhole is a favorite swimming hole at Inks Lake State Park. A big attraction here is the cliff-jumping. Adrenaline junkies and brave boy scouts come to Devil’s Waterhole to face their fear and take the plunge.
4. Garner State Park, Garner
There’s a reason why Garner State Park is the most popular spot on the Frio–it’s awesome! When people get overheated from dancing and camping at Garner State Park, they take to the water, where they lounge, tube, swim, drink, and shoot water balloons at one another in the cool, crystal clear waters of the Rio Frio.
3. Guadalupe River State Park, Bulverde
The main swimming hole at the Guadalupe State Park is a real treat. The wide stretch of the river is lined on one side by cliffs that are over 40 feet tall. There are also large boulders in the river to tan on, leap from or picnic on. The park is a hot spot for camping, tubing and kayaking along the nine-mile stretch of the Guadalupe that cuts through the park.
2. Barton Springs, Austin
Barton Springs is the most popular spot in Austin to bathe away the heat of the Texas summer. The water runs at a consistent 71.6-degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and is lengthy enough to provide plenty of room for laps and races! The pool is the main attraction of the Barton Springs Greenbelt, which itself features plenty of other smaller swimming holes.
1. Hamilton Pool, Austin
Hamilton pool is a magnificent swimming hole that lies beneath a gorgeous 40-foot waterfall. The intimate grotto and accompanying pool were formed when an underground river caved in after millennia of erosion. If you are looking to mix fun with a backdrop straight out of National Geographic Magazine, Hamilton Pool is your place for a swim.