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9 Places You Must Swim Under the Texas Summer Sun

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Summer is here in full force, and temperatures quickly climb under the Texas summer sun. Luckily, the Hill Country has no shortage of creeks, springs, and pools to help beat the summer heat. Not only are these oasis refreshing, but gorgeous as well. Many of Texas’s most notable swimming holes, such as Hamilton Pool, have even been spotlighted by National Geographic. And while Hamilton Pool, Barton Springs, and Jacob’s Well may get most of the press, there are plenty of postcard-perfect swim havens throughout the Hill Country to escape to.

1. Blue Hole in Wimberley

Child swinging into Blue Hole Swimming Hole in Wimberly Texas

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Thanks to the passion and energy of the citizens of Wimberley, the Blue Hole dodged residential development. Owned and maintained by the city of Wimberley, the 126-acre Blue Hole Regional Park and three-acre swimming hole welcome all visitors. While the park is open year round, the Blue Hole swimming area is enjoyed seasonally. Summer hours are Memorial Day – Labor Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

2. Krause Springs in Spicewood

Krause Springs in Spicewood Texas

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To find Krause Springs, travel 30 miles west of Austin to the town of Spicewood. Founded in 1955, Krause Springs has been privately owned by the Krause family who graciously share their slice of heaven with visitors. Thirty-two natural springs wind their way through the 115-acre property, many of them feeding into the natural swimming grotto and man-made pool. When there has been sufficient rains, water cascades down the lichen-covered cliffs into the pool. Entrance into the springs cost $8 for adults and $5 for children 4 and up. Campers wishing to stay overnight can pay $15 per adult, $10 per child, or $15 for an RV site.

3. Blanco State Park in Blanco

Swimming at Blanco State Park

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Caressing the banks of the Blanco River, Blanco State Park invites visitors to spend a day (or more) camping, fishing, hiking, and exploring. The shallow wading pool next to the falls is ideal for sunbathing and letting small children frolick. Tubes can be rented from park store if you wish to spend the day afloat the cool, clear waters. Admittance to the park is free for children 12 and only $5 for adults.

4. Hancock Springs in Lampasas

Hancock Springs in Lampasas Texas

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Since the late 1880s, people have sung the healing praises of the sulfuric waters that free-flow through the Hancock Springs Pool. The concrete pool was constructed in 1911 and has changed very little since. It holds around 300,000 gallons of spring water, allowing for over 9,500 square feet of pristine swimming space. From the pool, the waters spill over into Sulphur Creek and then into Lampasas River. Swimming hours are Thursday-Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays.

5. Garner State Park in Concan

Frio River in Garner State Park

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With legendary nightly dances, looming granite cliffs, and breathtakingly cold waters of the Frio, it’s no wonder Garner State Park is the most over-nighted park in the state. Floating the Frio, paddle boating, and fishing are just a handful of activities that the 1,774-acre park offers. But the park can fill up fast during the summer so be sure to check ahead to avoid park closures due to maximum capacity.

6. Schumacher Crossing in Hunt

Schumacher Crossing in Hunt Texas

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Due to the photogenic falls, shallow wading areas, deep swimming wells, and coursing rapids, Schumacher Crossing’s popularity continues to rise. Covered picnic tables and plenty of easy roadside parking make spending the day lounging creekside hassle-free. You can find Schumacher Crossing just east of Hunt on State Highway 39.

7. McKinney Falls in Austin

McKinney Falls State Park

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Within Austin’s city limits and just 13 miles from the state capital lies McKinney Falls State Park. Onion Creek and Williamson Creek converge within the park and offer plenty of swimming opportunities. Explore volcanic rock formations, an early settler’s homestead, and miles of hiking and biking trails. Or cast a line from the banks of the two creeks. Fishing licenses aren’t required while fishing from shore within a Texas state park, so feel free to wet a hook.

8. Devil’s Waterhole in Burnet

Devil's Waterhole in Burnet Texas

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Don’t let the name scare you, this oasis is heavenly. Located in Inks Lake State Park just an hour from downtown Austin, The Devil’s Waterhole is an inlet jutting off from Ink’s Lake. Because of the steep cliffs and deep dropoffs, floats are a must for anyone wanting to relax since there aren’t many ledges or rocks to lounge on. And because of the deep waters, cliff jumping takes center stage at this waterhole. No worries if cliff jumping isn’t your thing, floating nearby and cheering is equally thrilling.

9. Guadalupe River State Park in Spring Branch

Guadalupe River State Park

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Gentle currents pull floaters along under 40-foot cliffs while twisted roots of cypress trees and large boulders peak up along the banks. Nine miles of the Guadalupe River run through the park, making it the perfect aquatic destination. Like most state parks, Guadalupe River State Park is a favorite summer getaway and the park can reach maximum occupancy in peak season. Be sure to check ahead if making a day trip to the park, especially on weekends.