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Best Swimming Holes in Texas

A great way to cool off in the Texas heat is to jump into the "coolest" fresh water around. Here is a list of the best Texas swimming holes. Make it a goal to enjoy one or two of these Texas swimming holes each year. Have fun.

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SWIMMING HOLE
LOCATION
COMMENTS

Barton Springs Pool

Austin

512 476-9044

Barton Springs is said to be the best swimming hole in the state because of the beautiful setting and largest flow of cool water from the Balcones Fault. Open year-round. Click here to learn more about Barton Springs.

Zilker Park - 2201 Barton Springs Road

 

Austin

 

Deep Eddy Pool is listed as a historic landmark and is the oldest swimming pool in Texas. During the summer a large movie screen is set up pool-side for Splash Party Movie Nights. Float in the pool and enjoy family films.

401 Deep Eddy Ave

Austin & Austin Area
This website has a list of 30 swimming holes that are within 30 miles or so of Austin.

Medina River

Bandera Area

The Medina River is a short, narrow, beautiful river that is reminiscent of the Upper Guadalupe. There is a secluded loop (just north of Bandera) that is a popular spot.

Moffett Park

Blanco

830 833-4333

This city park near the town square has a small dam that creates a wide lagoon for swimming and a waterfall for your enjoyment.

Ft Clark Springs

Bracketville

830 563-2493

Las Moras Spring feeds this swimming pool which is the third largest in Texas and stays 68 degrees year round. The surrounding park offers picnic areas equipped with BBQ cooking facilities and tables. It is in a gated community with a motel and RV park and is only open to members and motel or RV park guests. It is worth the stay if you are in the area.
The Quince

The Quince

Camp Wood
You will find cold clear water in this 15' deep swimming hole. Free to those who find this pool just a few hundred yards along River Road off Texas Highway 55.

Comal Springs

New Braunfels

The largest group of artesian springs in Texas with seven outlets. You will find a long water slide carved into the side of the dam which forms the City Tube Chute on the adjacent river.

Center Point

A place where you can linger and get wet in the deep river water of the Guadalupe. This is a free swimming spot with shade trees and a sandy beach.

Where Center Point River Road crosses the Guadalupe River

Concan

830 232-6132

Floating in your tube or paddling in your boat is delightful in this tree lined river with the hills to the west. This is a very popular park and can be extremely crowded on the weekends.

234 RR 1050

Fort Worth

817 737-3414

Burger's Lake is a 30-acre park featuring a one-acre spring-fed lake for swimming and sandy beaches for sunning, picnicking. You will also find a 20' slide, 25' trapeze and diving boards.

1200 Meandering Road

Huntsville
This is a beautiful lake in the middle of a thick pine forest. This is primarily a fishing lake but has a roped off area designated for swimmers. The tannin from the pine trees has turned the water a light brown color.
Inks Lake
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.
Kingsland
Listed among the swimming holes but not exactly for swimming - more for lounging in the shallow pools and enjoying the beauty of this spot where the Llano River meets the Colorado on FM 3404.

Hancock Springs Pool Hancock Springs Pool

Lampasas
These sulfurous springs which were once a health resort now provide an open-air swimming pool. A quaint tearoom has been restored next to the pool.
Balmorhea State Park
They call this 25 foot crystal clear water a quintessential oasis on the hem of the Davis Mountains.The water flows into canals creating a desert wetland full of aquatic creatures, birds, and othe wildlife.

Lumberton

409 755-7322

You will need to take a one-mile hike to reach this area where the river curves past a large sandbar. The river is spring fed and the temperature ranges from 74-78 degrees.

8854 Park Road 74

Marble Falls
You will be able to go on slides, an aquatic trampoline, icebergs and water toys. There will be plenty for the children to do in this sheltered cove.

New Braunsfels

830 608-2165

The City Tube Chute located on the Comal River is the longest Tube Chute in the world providing a 30 second thrill ride.

100 Leibscher Drive

Cypress Bend Park Cypress Bend Park
New Braunfels
This free city park gives you access to the Guadalupe River around the east side of town. The shady park features picnic areas and a playground.
Nueces River Nueces River
Cooksey County Park
A low dam creates a wide, clear swimming hole with water that stays about 71 degrees from the Nueces River which flows more than 300 miles emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. The county park has picnic areas and RV and tent camping.

New Braunfels

830 625-2351

Great family fun can be had at the best water park in the country. Whether you are tubing the lazy river, floating in the pool or sitting at the swim up bar in the hot tub, you will certainly enjoy your day at this park.

305 W. Austin

Ratcliff
Tucked in the Davy Crockett Natl Forest, this roped off swimming area is a beautiful spot for swimming, canoeing or paddle boating in East Texas.

Rio Vista Park Rio Vista Falls

San Marcos

512 392-7031

This section of the San Marcos River which is a constant 72 degrees is perfect for swimming and tubing or snorkeling and scuba diverting.

555 Cheatham

Spicewood

830 693-4181

This possibly is the most beautiful swimming hole in the state. Situated on a bluff overlooking Cypress Creek, with the water spilling down a bluff over ferns and then crashing into a deep pool. Tent and RV camping is available in the park. For more details about Krause Springs click here.

424 Krause Spring Road

Hamilton Pool

Dripping Springs

512 264-2740

There is a 50 foot water fall creating a great swimming hole. This wooded canyon has delighted many who have swam in the bright green lagoon. To learn more click here.

24300 Hamilton Pool Road

Image by Shaun Goffe

Utopia City Park Utopia City Park

Utopia
Utopia sits under huge cypress trees surrounded by camping and picnic areas.

Wimberley

512 847-2140

This location has been a beloved swimming hole for generations, a gathering place for Native Americans and early settlers. The mouth of the well is four meters in diameter which thousands of gallons of water rises to the surface up per minute feeding Cypress Creek that flows through Wimberley.

221 Woodacre Drive (also known as Acacia Drive)

Blue Hole

Wimberley

512 660-9111

Tucked amongst the tall bald cypresses, this swimming hole is gorgeous. You can jump in the water or bask in the shade of the old trees. Open Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

Blue Hole Park - 100 Blue Hole Lane