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Our Top 5 Favorite Watering Holes

August 20, 2020

With temperatures regularly in the triple digits, swimming holes are a must in summer! Here are our favorite five in Central Texas.

Please swim with caution as there are no lifeguards at these natural swimming spots! It’s also a good idea to check the websites linked below for updates before you go!

#5 Tejas Camp

Tejas Camp is the best-kept secret in town! Part of Lake Georgetown, this watering hole sits along the North San Gabriel River. There are campsites along the hiking trail, just up from the water. You can go hiking and splashing if you just want to spend the day there. We saw people with canoes, people setting up chairs and fishing, and people like us who were just swimming and splashing around. With plenty of space to enjoy the water, it’s a safe bet to keep socially distant from others. 4560 Co Rd 258, Liberty Hill.

#4 Blue Hole in Georgetown

We love a good splash at Blue Hole in Georgetown! The nice thing about this place is how convenient it is to get to. You could spend the whole day here, or just pop over for an hour! It doesn’t hurt that it’s also right next to a Hat Creek, either. Nothing goes better with a day spent at a watering hole than some burgers and shakes! Please keep group sizes to five people, and check the website for updates. 100 Blue Hole Park, Georgetown.

#3 Krause Springs

Take a road trip out to Spicewood to experience the magic of Krause Springs! There’s a waterfall, a little cave, and a rope swing. Or you can just float around on the water and watch others jump in (bring your tubes/floats)! If swimming in nature and having your foot graze a mystery substance at the bottom of the water isn’t your thing, they also have a man-made pool, fed by the chilly spring water. Something for everyone! 424 County Rd 404, Spicewood.

#2 Blue Hole in Wimberley

Blue Hole was a big hit with my kids! You have to make reservations to come here, so keep that in mind when planning your visit. Bring a tube and float around—the water here is very calm and clear! After you’ve worked up some courage, try one of the two rope swings! Everyone will cheer for you! End your visit with a nice picnic on the lawn. 100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley.

#1 Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool is currently closed and reservations are not being accepted. Check here for updates.

Probably the most beautiful place to swim in all of Austin and its surrounding areas, Hamilton Pool comes in at #1 on our Top 5 list. Drive out to Dripping Springs and experience this place at least once in your lifetime! You’ll feel like you aren’t in Texas anymore, but somewhere tropical and dreamy instead. Don’t forget to make a reservation before you go, and be aware that swimming is not allowed when bacteria levels are too high. Pets are prohibited. 24300 Hamilton Road, Dripping Springs.