During the summer months, people from outside the Lone Star State imagine a scorched wasteland, and while us native Texans happily play along with that stereotype it’s only because the locals have a well-kept secret for surviving the summer heat: Texas is home to some of the best swimming holes in the country!
A quick Google search turns up thousands of articles from publications and websites across the globe about the crystal-clear, spring-fed swimming holes that dot the Texas Hill Country surrounding Dripping Springs, but these three in particular consistently rank in the top 10 best family-friendly swimming holes in the country- and they’re right in Caliterra’s backyard!
Located on more than 200 acres, the Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs is home to trails, picnic spots and of course, the beautiful Hamilton Pool. Hamilton Creek spills 45 feet into the natural pool below. Since the pool is occasionally closed due to weather or trail conditions, be sure to call ahead and don’t forget your sunscreen! (512) 264-2740
Photo by Dave Wilson (http://bit.ly/1gZctk4)
According to the Huffington Post, Jacob’s Well is the coolest place to swim in Texas. Discovered in 1850, Jacob’s Well is a quick 45-minute drive from Austin and because of the increasing amount of publicity surrounding this gorgeous Hill Country gem, swimmers must make a reservation through the Hays County website. While Jacob’s Well is definitely a fun, family friendly experience, there are no lifeguards on duty so take extra care if you visit the well with little ones!
Photo by Patrick Lewis (http://bit.ly/1U4Y0zA)
Hidden away in Wimberley, Texas the Blue Hole property was privately owned by the Dobie family from 1897 and opened to the public in 1920 for swimming and picnics. Surrounded by old growth cypress trees, the Blue Hole Regional Park is open daily and includes trails and play areas in addition to the famous swimming hole. The family-friendly lawn area is the perfect place to escape the heat on summer days with a picnic and rope swings.
Photo by Randy Green (http://tandl.me/1NK5TbV)