Stunning swimming holes near San Antonio

Cool off at natural water escapes near San Antonio

Blue Hole, Jacob's Well, Hamilton Pool, Krause Springs (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – The Hill Country is full of hidden places to swim and cool off, including 10 unexpected watering holes within driving distance of San Antonio that would be great for a day trip.

*Editor’s Note: This article was published pre-pandemic and some of these swimming holes are not currently open. An updated article with places to swim that are still open can be found here.

The first two, Jacob’s Well Natural Area and Blue Hole, are in Wimberley about an hour’s drive from downtown San Antonio.

Jacob’s Well is located at 1699 Mt. Sharp Road. The well is an artesian spring, the largest continually flowing karst spring in the Texas Hill Country, according to

Swimming at Jacob’s Well is by reservation only, so be sure to call ahead to book times and ask about park rules.

Swimming hours at Blue Hole vary depending on the season so be sure to check online.

Krause Springs in Spicewood is approximately an hour-and-a-half drive from downtown San Antonio. Camping and swimming are allowed, but you will have to pay a fee to enter. Check the website for more information.

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