We Texans are well-accustomed to summertime heat, and our favorite way to combat it is to find the nearest swimming hole and jump right in. These 10 swimming holes are all natural, so you’ll feel even closer to nature than you would at a normal pool. Who’s ready to dive in?
1. Krause Springs (Spicewood)
Krause Springs is privately owned, but guests are allowed for a small fee - and you can even camp on the grounds. The water is spring-fed, so it's especially cool and perfect for beating the Texas summer heat. And between the gorgeous waterfall and lush greenery, you'll feel like you've stepped right into a scene from Tarzan.
404 Krause Spring Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669
2. Hamilton Pool (Dripping Springs)
This is one of the most popular swimming holes in Texas, and there's no secret as to why. Ancient limestone surrounds the jade green water, and an enormous waterfall that cascades over the rocks. It just can't be beat, y'all.
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd.
Dripping Spgs, TX
3. Jacob's Well (Wimberley)
Some of the clearest water I've ever seen exists here at Jacob's Well. Even if you aren't a thrill seeker, the drive out here is still completely worth it. Chilling in the spring and staring at the 200+ foot-deep abyss in front of you is just as exciting (and much safer) as jumping into the well from the rocks above.
1699 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676
4. Balmorhea State Park (Toyahvale)
Not only is it a refreshing oasis in the middle of the West Texas desert, but it's also the largest spring-fed swimming pool in the entire world! The water is absolutely beautiful, and it's a must-visit if you live out west or are just passing through.
9207 TX-17, Toyahvale, TX 79786
5. Blue Hole (Leakey)
Blue Hole is part of Leakey's Riding River Ranch, so unfortunately you can only swim here if you're a guest - but that's a perfect excuse to book a night or two because the rest of the property is absolutely gorgeous as well!
971 Kent Creek Rd, Leakey, TX 78873
6. Barton Springs Pool (Austin)
Barton Springs Pool is definitely one of the most popular swimming holes in the state. The water is freezing, but I assure you that you won't be complaining when it's pushing 100 degrees outside. There's even a diving board!
2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746
7. Cypress Falls (Wimberley)
With the more popular Jacob's Well and Blue Hole in Wimberley, Cypress Falls gets overlooked - but that's a darn shame because it's absolutely gorgeous! This is a hidden gem that definitely belongs on your summer 2017 bucket list.
1 Woodcreek Cir; Wimberley, Texas 78676
8. Frio River at Garner State Park (Concan)
Garner State Park is one of the most popular overnight camping spots in the state, and for good reason. Swimming, tubing, or kayaking in the river with breathtaking limestone cliffs and mesas surrounding you is an absolutely surreal experience.
234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838
9. Barton Creek Greenbelt (Austin)
The next time you go hiking at the Greenbelt, keep going a little ways farther than you normally would until you come across a little swimming hole. The water is an inviting blueish green color, and there are tons of mini waterfalls cascading down over the rocks!
3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78704
10. Devil's Waterhole at Ink's Lake State Park (Burnet)
Kids and teenagers love Devil's Waterhole because they can jump off the craggy rocks into the water below. If you aren't quite that adventurous, you can simply swim and enjoy the refreshing water. If the hole gets too overcrowded, you can also swim in Inks Lake.
3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet, TX 78611
Have you been to any of these swimming holes? Which one is your favorite? Are there any other natural swimming holes in Texas that are perfect to cool off in during the summer?