Texas country’s best swimming holes.

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Dive into the best swimming holes in Texas

Texas is known for major urban centers, rugged ranchlands, and charming Hill Country towns dotted with springtime wildflowers, but scattered among them are some of the country’s best swimming holes. Several are famous, others are well-kept secrets. But they all beckon on sunny summer days. 

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 The Hamilton Pool Preserve 

The Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural Texas pool surrounded by limestone. A 15-meter high waterfall flows here in a stream, which never dries up completely.

The Hamilton Pool Preserve’s natural pool was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to thousands of years of erosion. This scenic spot is located about 23 miles west of Austin, Texas, along Highway 71.

The Hamilton Pool has been a popular summer swim spot for Austin residents and visitors since the 1960s. The entire Hamilton Pool Preserve consists of 0.94 km2 of protected wildlife, including a 15-foot waterfall. The pool is surrounded by large slabs of limestone resting on the water’s edge; large stalactites growing from the ceiling above. Moss and Venus hair, a type of fern, grow on the ceiling and surrounding cliffs of the cave.

 

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Jacobs Well Natural Area

Located just north of Wimberley, the Jacob’s Well Natural Area is one of the most magnificent natural gems of the Texas Hill Country. The first natural preserve owned by Hays County, this beloved swimming spot forms the headwaters of Cypress Creek.

Jacob’s Well is actually an artesian spring, with crystal-clear water naturally pushed forth from the Trinity Aquifer, which lies roughly 140 feet below the surface. Surrounded by rugged layered limestone cliffs and a heavily wooded bank, Jacob’s Well offers enchanting beauty along with a cool average summer temperature of 68 degrees.

Jacob’s Well is the largest continually flowing karstic spring in theTexas Hill Country and it has one of the longest underwater cave systems in the state. Karstic springs are usually the end of a cave system, where a river cave reaches the earth’s surface

 

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Blue Hole in Georgetown

This is one of the most popular natural swimming holes in Texas. The water looks so inviting and magical running beneath a forested backdrop of Cypress trees that give the perfect amount of shade and enchantment. With 126 acres of natural forests, this park has trails, overlooks, picnic tables, a playground, full basketball court, a soccer field, and even a fire pit.

This area has been a beautiful oasis to swimmers for decades. In the summer months, the amount of visitors is controlled due to the number of excited swimmers. So get there early or you might have to wait.

 

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If you take a road trip through this part of America, it is definitely worth a stop here. And Dive into the best swimming holes of Texas.