Texas State Parks With Swimming Holes

 

When it is 100 degrees it is time to find a swimming hole and cool off. Here's a list of Texas State Parks with swimming holes. Why not make it a weekend and camp, swim, and enjoy all that these Texas State Parks have to offer.

You might also check out our list of Swimming Holes in Texas.

Swimming Holes in Texas State Parks

Balmorhea State Park

Toyahvale

A stone wall surrounds the swimming hole with stone steps to the deep-water diving board. This leads you into a cool 72 to 76 degrees all year and 25-feet deep, crystal clear water. The pool’s enormous depth attracts divers who can be certified for open-water diving here.

Balmorhea State Park

Blanco State Park

Blanco

In the heart of Hill Country is this small 105-acre wooded state park located on the banks of Blanco River. The white limestone bottom, gives the river its name and its pristine clear water. A small dam creates a lagoon ideal for swimming and floating. The Park provides equipment.

Blanco State Park

Colorado Bend State Park

Bend

This very remote State Park in central Texas is said to be "a spring-fed oasis of lush green vegetation and crystal clear water. Like driving out of West Texas, blinking your eyes and finding you're in Jamaica." There is a variety of habitats and physical features such as the glorious 60’ Gorman Falls (a travertine waterfall that is actually growing in size rather than eroding).

Colorado Bend State Park

Daingerfield State Park

Daingerfield

In northeast Texas you will find a woodsy, 500 acre park. The lake was created by a dam built in the Cypress Creek drainage. You will also find a bathhouse and concession building, a boathouse, and a fishing lodge. You can rent canoes, kayaks, or paddleboats from the old boathouse.

Daingerfield State Park

Devils River State Natural Area

Del Rio

This watering hole features areas for swimming and guided canoe tours and is one of the state's most popular swimming holes. It was formed by millions of years of water erosion over solid granite. You need to drive 20 miles of dirt road to arrive at the blue-green river.

Devils River State Natural Area

Galveston Island State Park

Galveston

The park offers a quiet oasis, not exactly a swimming hole, but secluded where you can explore the Gulf of Mexico or Galveston Bay.  Families can enjoy kayak tours, beach and surf explorations, bird walks, nature field trips and fishing clinics at no cost.  The Park was named one of the top 5 “Best Gulf Coast Beaches” by Travel Channel.

Galveston Island State Park

Inks Lake State Park

Burnet

No wonder this is such a popular area as the landscape of the park is hilly, with many cedar, live oak, prickly pear cacti, and yuccas. There is a small extension of Inks Lake called Devil's Waterhole which is completely surrounded by rock and a favorite place to jump from the cliff side. There is amazing wildlife at the park, which includes deer, quail, vultures, and other types of birds.

Inks Lake State Park

Lake Tawakoni State Park

Wills Point

Lake Tawakoni has 376 acres with more than five miles of shoreline and a variety of activities, including camping, swimming, fishing, boating, mountain biking, geocaching, hiking and birding. Check out the amazing sunsets over the lake. This lake is just an hour's dive from Dallas.

Lake Tawakoni State Park

McKinney Falls State Park

Austin

Onion Creek, which flows 1.7 miles through the park over limestone ledges and into pools. There are two places to swim in the park - the Upper and Lower Falls. The Upper seem to be more popular because of deeper water. There are submerged rocks in areas to stand on or larger rocks to climb on. There are also areas to jump but be careful of those submerged rocks.

McKinney Falls State Park

Pedernales Falls State Park

Johnson City

This tranquil and relaxing area is a great place to recharge. The river flows over and around huge limestone rocks and allows you to swim, wade, tube or fish. Enjoy the local wildlife and plants at the bird blind and butterfly garden.

Pedernales Falls State Park

Possum Kingdom State Park

Caddo

Sitting in the foothills of the Palo Pinto mountains less than 90 miles west of Fort Worth, Possum Kingdom is The Great Lake of Texas. Possum Kingdom has more than 18,000 acres of crystal clear water surrounded by gorgeous cliffs and rolling hillsides.

Possum Kingdom State Park

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