It is HOT outside & what better way to cool off than a dip in some of the best swimming holes in Texas! Hays County is home to 5 public swimming holes and another one is in the works in Buda. So pack up your chairs, coolers (no glass), towels and sunscreen and visit one or all of these Hays County swimming holes this Summer!
Hays County Swimming Holes
- Blue Hole Regional Park (Wimberley)
The Blue Hole in Wimberley is one of the most loved natural Hays County swimming holes in Texas and one of our personal favorite things to do in Wimberley. The swimming hole itself is surrounded by 126 acres of natural forest and is lined by tall, old cypress trees that make for a shaded, primitive feel. You can bring your float and relax here with a good book, splash around with the kids, or swing from one of the rope swings. The Blue Hole Regional Park is open year round, however swimming is only open during the summer season (starting May 7). The park includes a picnic area, a community pavilion, amphitheater, playscape, basketball and volleyball courts, and 3.5 miles of hiking trails. You can even get married here! So come for the day and bring your swimsuit when the weather is warm for a fun filled day! Admission to the park is free, but there is a fee for swimming (price ranges from $5 to $9). If you are a frequent visitor, check out their season, or 10 punch, passes. For more information on Blue Hole Regional Park visit their website. Check out this video by The Daytripper.
- Hamilton Pool Reserve (Dripping Springs)
Hamilton Pool is named one of the best swimming holes in Texas for a reason, which is why it tops our list of top things to do in Dripping Springs. With its lush landscape, 45 foot waterfall, and cool waters, this Hays County swimming hole makes for a lovely place to spend the day. Located on more than 234 acres on the preserve, the pool itself was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to erosion more than one thousand years ago. Large limestones surround the water’s edge, and a path has been made underneath the waterfall so that you can take in the beauty of the pool from this unique view. While underneath the cliffs, check out the large stalagmites and rich moss, maiden fern, and cliff swallows growing in the rocks. While hiking the ¾ mile down to the pool from the entrance, be sure and keep a look out for the golden cheeked warbler, the endangered species that resides in the Ashe juniper uplands in the preserve. Because of the delicate conditions of the pool, it is not treated with chemicals, but rather tested frequently for bacteria, and closed to swimming when needed (call before attending). In accordance with keeping the park beautiful, no pets are allowed on park property. Only a certain amount of swimmers are allowed in the pool at a time due to the delicate nature of the preserve, so be prepared to wait if it is busy. Hamilton Pool Preserve is open daily from 9am-6pm (swimming ends at 5:30pm) and there is a $10 entrance fee. *Beginning May 15, 2016, and through September 30, 2016, reservations will be required to enter Hamilton Pool Preserve. Click here to make reservations for this period.
- Five Mile Dam (San Marcos)
Five Mile Dam is located along the banks of the Blanco River in between Kyle and San Marcos. This 34 acre public park features BBQ grills with picnic tables, walking trails, beautiful nature views and a deep swimming hole. The park also allows kayaks and other non-motorized boats. It is free to swim here but make sure to get there early in the day to claim your spot, because it does get quite crowded. It is also recommended that you bring a pop-up canopy for shade since shaded areas are limited. The Five Mile Dam is also home to a 43 acre Soccer Complex that has 10 Soccer fields (4 lighted), playscape and restrooms. The following are prohibited from the park: Diving, alcohol, firearms, hunting, glass containers, overnight parking or camping, motorboats, skiing, personal watercraft and rowdy or disruptive behavior. For more information about Five Mile Dam visit the Hays County website.
- Jacob’s Well Natural Area (Wimberley)
Jacob’s Well is a perennial karstic spring in the Texas Hill Country flowing from the bed of the Cypress Creek in Wimberley, Texas. With layered limestone cliffs on one side, a vibrantly vegetated bank on the other and a lively riparian area alongside the creek, the gem of the Texas Hill Country has a way of enchanting visitors of all ages. The mouth of the spring is 12 feet in diameter, and serves as a popular swimming spot! The year round water temperature is a consistent 68 degrees. From the opening in the creek bed, Jacob’s Well descends for about 30 feet, then continues down through narrow chambers, to reach a depth of 120 feet. The spring is the greatest source of water that recharges the Edwards Aquifer. Not only does the well offer swimming, but the opening around the mouth of the cave is shallow and is clean and safe for smaller children to splash and play safely. Although very tempting, Park rules state no diving from rock ledges. The cold spring waters are a nice and refreshing after hiking down to the pool from the park headquarters. It’s approximately a 1300 ft hike to get to this Hays County swimming hole, so wear comfy shoes and pack a lunch and explore the beautiful park as well! Admission into the natural area is free; however, reservations need to be made for swimming (price ranges from $5 to $9). For more information about Jacob’s Well Natural Area please visit their website.
- Rio Vista Park (San Marcos)
The Rio Vista Park is a park located on the dam on the San Marcos River, and it serves as a local favorite for swimming in the waters of the San Marcos river, sun bathing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and SUP boarders. You might even see people surfing, thanks to the man-made tube and kayak shoot doubling as a wave simulator. The park is also the pick-up location for the Lions Club tube renters. This Hays County swimming hole is the place to be on a hot Summer day! The 13-acre park also features several other amenities. Such as restrooms, tennis courts, 1/2 basketball court, picnic tables, BBQ grills, benches, a pavilion, hike and bike trails, and the city swimming pool. It is free to swim at Rio Vista Park, but it does get pretty busy on evenings and weekends. So make sure to get there early and reserve your spot in the shade by the river. For kayaks and SUP board rentals check out Olympic Outdoor Center and SUP Adventures.