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5 Hill Country Hazards to Heed While Having Fun

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While the well itself and its surroundings are an ecological beauty and can be explored with Park Rangers who routinely conduct tours, the draw is mostly to amateur divers who dare to take on the challenge of the cave diving here. The 12-foot diameter opening is deceptively luring and several fatalities have happened here. Jacob’s Well has been listed as one of the most deadliest diving spots. This is an extensive underwater cave system with depths purportedly reaching close to 200 feet. Located in Wimberley, Texas, the well’s summer hours are 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

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Okay, I know this one is a little tame compared to some of the others, but there are some hazards here, although you should definitely make this a stop on your Hill Country tour; just take some precautions.

First off, wear good sturdy shoes! By that I mean some that will grip the slippery slopes in the caverns; cowboy boots aren’t a good choice. (Don’t ask I know this, but take my word for it.) The limestone and natural formations create beautiful history but can also leave you with a concussion if you’re not careful, so keep looking up!

Another heeding, there are lots of stairs, and the tour itself is about an hour and a half of walking. Keep that in mind when planning a trip with children or adults who may not be able to commit to that kind of exercise. Children of all ages love to explore the caverns and the adults love hearing all about the infamous characters associated with it.

Outlaw Sam Bass reportedly used the caverns as a hideout at one time, and during Prohibition, the main cavern was used as a speakeasy and dance hall! And did I mention the ghosts? Well, you will have to plan a trip and see if you spot one. Longhorn Caverns and is one of the biggest draws to the Inks Lake area and is open year round dawn to dusk, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.