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May 15, 2022

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Best Swimming Holes in Austin Texas

Austin has been reaching an all-time high in temperatures this summer and it’s not slowing down. I’ve rounded up the best swimming holes in Austin to cool off including both man-made pools and natural swimming holes.

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This is your personal guide to the best swimming holes by local Austinites.


McKinnney Falls

McKinney Falls State Park

Located conveniently 13-miles from the Austin state capitol is McKinney Falls State Park. The state park in Central Texas offers camping, hiking, mountain or road biking, geocaching, bouldering, picnicking, fishing and swimming. You can swim at Upper Falls and Lower Falls at McKinney Falls.

Upper Falls has deeper and slower water, whereas Lower Falls has faster running water and the famous waterfall (pictured above). Plenty of people were jumping off the cliff into the water so just be careful because there’s rocks underneath.

ENTRANCE FEE: $6 for adults and children 12 years and under are free.

PAYMENT: Cash or credit card.


  • Food or snacks
  • Alcohol or glass
  • Coolers, ice chests, or thermal bags
  • Pets in the water
  • Speakers or music
  • Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls, or other hard balls

RESERVATIONS: Not required but reservations are recommended for both camping and day passes.

HOURS: 8am – 10 pm daily

5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

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Krause Springs in Austin Texas

Krause Springs

Founded in 1955, Krause Springs is a popular swimming hole located 34 miles west of Austin in Spicewood. I’ve gone twice this summer and it’s truly a tropical oasis with a beautiful mini waterfall and swinging rope. There are 32 springs on the property that feed the manmade pool and the natural pool, which flows into Lake Travis. Krause Springs even has 24 RV sites with water and electricity available. Bring a picnic or grab some barbecue at Opie’s BBQ before you head in.

There’s an infamous rope swing that you can swing into the water with!

ENTRANCE FEE: $8 per adult (12+ years), $5 per child (4-11 years), FREE for children under 4 years.

PAYMENT: Cash only.

RESERVATIONS: Not applicable.

HOURS:  9am – sunset daily.

404 Krause Spring Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669, krausesprings.net


Barton Springs Pool in Austin Texas

Barton Springs Pool

Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies the most popular swimming option in downtown Austin, spring-fed Barton Springs Pool that feeds into Lady Bird Lake. The water averages a chilly 68 – 70°F all-year-round so be prepared. The pool is filled with water from the nearby natural springs so don’t be surprised if you see fish and the endangered Barton Springs salamander swimming alongside you. No food, coolers, smoking, or alcohol is permitted.

Jump off any of the diving boards and enjoy the brisk water on a hot summers day!

ENTRANCE FEE: $5 for Austin residents and $9 for non-Austin residents.

PAYMENT: Cash and credit card.


  • Coolers, ice chests and thermal bags
  • Food
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Glass
  • Alcohol
  • Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls or other hard balls
  • Drinks are permitted but must be in a plastic re-sealable container with a twist-top lid


HOURS: Open 5am – 10pm every day except closed Thursdays from 9am – 7pm for cleaning

2201 Barton Springs Rd, austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool


Deep Eddy Pool - swimming holes in Austin

Deep Eddy Pool

This historic swimming pool is the oldest swimming pool in Texas and has a bathhouse built during the Depression-era. You can swim in the lap swimming pool or the large wading pool. Feel free to bring a floatie and float the summer away, I did! Food isn’t allowed but there is a Jim Jim’s Water Ice stand at the pool.

Deep Eddy Pool is only slightly warmer than Barton Springs Pool because the Colorado River provides the water for this man-made pool.

ENTRANCE FEE: $5 for Austin residents and $9 for non-Austin residents, $3 for junior (12-17 years) residents and $5 for junior non-Austin residents, free for children under 1 year.

PAYMENT: Cash only.


HOURS: Open weekdays and weekends 9am – 8pm for lap swim

401 Deep Eddy Ave, austintexas.gov/department/deep-eddy-pool


Greenbelt - swimming holes in Austin

Barton Creek Greenbelt

The trail is 12+ miles long so it can be challenging to find the best entry point. Check out Thrillist’s guide to navigating the Greenbelt. My go-to is the Loop 360 access point at 3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy. It’s about a 45-minute hike to Twin Falls. Be sure to pack plenty of cold water and snacks. It’s dog-friendly too! This is the most popular spot of all the swimming holes in Austin! Barton Creek greenbelt is subject to varying water levels.

The Green Belt stretches almost 7.9 miles with popular spots like Campbell’s Hole, Gus Fruh, Sculpture Falls, and Twin Falls.




HOURS: There are no specific hours for Greenbelt but I’d recommend going when the sun is up since there are no lights on the trail. City curfew hours are 5am–10pm.


Sculpture Falls

Sculpture Falls is a hidden swimming hole in Barton Creek Greenbelt but you have to hike to it! Sculpture Falls is also dog-friendly. Park off 360 turn – you’ll see cars parked along the side.

It’s about a 1.5-mile hike to the falls so I highly recommend parking lots of iced water, sunscreen, bug spray, and running shoes. Be careful when you’re walking along the trail as this is a popular area for mountain biking.

When you get to Sculpture Falls, be careful as your crossing the rocks because the rocks are very slippery with algae. If you have water shoes, bring them!






Hippie Hollow in Austin Texas | swimming holes in austin

Hippie Hollow Park

Hippie Hollow Park lies in the basin area of Lake Travis in the Hill Country of central Texas, approximately 30-minute drive from downtown Austin. The park features a steep, rocky shoreline and provides some spectacular views of Lake Travis. This heavily-used park is popular for sunbathing and swimming.

If you’re not familiar with Hippie Hollow, you need to know that clothing is optional. Yup, and it took me 10 years living in Austin and my 30th birthday to muster up the courage to visit Hippie Hollow and go nude. Hippie Hollow is a popular spot for sunbathing.

Definitely add Hippie Hollow to your swimming holes in Austin list. 

ENTRANCE FEE: $8 per person.



  • Camping
  • Fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Ground fires
  • Lewd behavior
  • Pets
  • Public display of consumption of alcohol
  • Tobacco products


  • Clothing optional
  • Designated swimming area
  • Drinking water
  • Nature and hiking trails
  • Paved ADA accessible trail
  • Restrooms

HOURS: Every day from 9am – 8pm.

7000 Comanche Trail, parks.traviscountytx.gov/parks/hippie-hollow


Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs, Texas | swimming holes in austin

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Hamilton Pool is famous watering hole for it’s a beautiful jade green swimming pool with a 50-foot waterfall. Some parts of the pool can get as cold as 50 degrees. No drinking water or concessions are available, and there is no lifeguard on duty so please swim at your own risk. No pets are allowed since Hamilton Pool is a natural preserve with emphasis on habitat protection and restoration. There are well-marked hiking trail leads from the parking lot to Hamilton Creek.

No swimming allowed at Hamilton Pool Preserve for the foreseeable future. We do not expect to allow swimming this spring or summer. Rocks have been falling at many locations in and around the pool. We are working with geologists to assess the hazard.

ENTRANCE FEE: $12 reservation fee – paid online with a credit card, not refundable. Entry fees are an additional $15 per vehicle, or $5 per vehicle if the vehicle has a senior citizen (62 years) or a disabled vet (60%).

PAYMENT: Cash and local checks, no credit cards.

RESERVATIONS: Required, reserved here. Do not drive there without a reservation.


  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Drones
  • Fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Ground fires
  • Pets
  • Public display of consumption of alcohol
  • Tobacco products

HOURS: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2 – 5:30pm daily, weather permitting.

24300 Hamilton Pool Rd. Dripping springs, TX, parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/hamilton-pool


@atasteofkoko Jacob’s Well – one of the most popular swimming holes near Austin Texas is open! Reservations required #texastiktok #jacobswell ♬ Summer Days – Martin Garrix / Macklemore / Patrick Stump

Jacob’s Well

This ecological resource is the most significant and largest continually flowing karstic spring in the Texas Hill Country. Wildlife depend on the spring, which forms the headwaters of Cypress Creek, a few miles north of Wimberley, Texas. Limestone cliffs and native vegetation surround the spring with enchanting beauty for visitors of all ages. We hope you enjoy this popular recreational area and educational, ecological resource. Located just outside of Wimberley, it is open year round for exploration.

Even though it’s been voted one of the most dangerous places to dive on Earth (it’s claimed the lives of more than eight divers), Jacob’s Well is a very popular swimming spot in Texas and for this reason it’s called “the gem of Texas Hill Country” for its unique coloring and caving system, which provides a super cool diving experience. Reservations fill up fast as Texans swimmers from all over come for this artesian spring. No scuba diving, camping, or pets are allowed.

ENTRANCE FEE: $9 per person for adults, $5 for Hays County residents, $4 for children 5-12 years old, and free for children 4 and under.

PAYMENT: Credit/debit cards only, no cash or check.

RESERVATIONS: Required, reserve here. You can do walk-ins but it’s not recommended since they’re usually at full capacity.

HOURS: 10am – 8pm daily

1699 Mount Sharp Road, Wimberley, Texas, visitwimberley.com/jacobswell/


Blue Hole in Wimberely Texas | swimming holes in austin

Blue Hole At Wimberley

I was blown away by how beautiful Blue Hole At Wimberley is – the clear water allows you to see the bottom and all the fish swimming around! 

Blue Hole Regional Park is a 126-acre park that’s a gem in the Texas Hill Country. The park includes approximately 4.5 miles of trails, picnic areas, a community pavilion, playscape, basketball court, sand volleyball court, amphitheater, and the Blue Hole Swimming Area that’s surrounded by beautiful cypress trees. The entire park is open to visitors within the regular operating hours, however, swimming is only allowed during the designated swimming season.

Guests are permitted to bring food and beverages (no glass or alcohol), coolers, pool floats, and shade canopies (10X10) into the swimming area. Blue Hole is worth is as a day trip.

ENTRANCE FEE: $10 for adults, $6 for children aged 4-13, $6 for seniors above 60, and free for military.

PAYMENT: Credit/debit cards only, no cash or check.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations are required.


  • All swimming is at your own risk.
  • Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No dogs, cats, or other animals allowed in the swim area. Service animals are allowed.
  • No glass containers.

HOURS: 8am to dusk every day of the week.

100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, TX

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Blue Hole In Georgetown Texas | swimming holes in austin

Blue Hole In Georgetown Texas

I just went to Blue Hole in Georgetown recently! While the water isn’t clear like Blue Hole in Wimberley, it’s a closer drive and it is family friendly and dog-friendly. There were a lot of people barbecuing with tents set up when we were there. I recommend going during the week so it’s not as busy and bringing a floatie to float on.

Blue Hole Park is a scenic lagoon bordered by limestone bluffs along the South Fork of the San Gabriel River. Stagecoach Inn is located just 25 minutes from Blue Hole if you want to stay the night and explore the area!




  • Groups may not exceed 10 individuals.
  • Water recreation equipment should be cleaned and sanitized before and after use.
  • All swimming is at your own risk.
  • Diving or jumping from cliff or rock face on City parkland
  • Blocking trail from public access
  • No parking in undesignated areas
  • No fires in undesignated grills or fire pits
  • No indecent or abusive language or activity, which creates a public nuisance
  • No vandalizing or defacing any structure, facility, or natural feature
  • No pets off-leash on land or in water
  • No entering park after dusk

HOURS: 6am to 9pm every day of the week.

100 Blue Hole Park, Georgetown, TX

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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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