SAN ANTONIO – Swimming holes are scattered throughout the Texas Hill Country and summertime is the perfect time to check them out.
Before you head out the door, however, keep in mind that Texas is a naturally diverse state and preserving the beauty of the land is important. Keep your footprint to a minimum and don’t leave trash or destroy the landscape while visiting these Hill Country hideaways.
Here’s a list of swimming holes within driving distance of San Antonio:
- Aquatic Complex at Landa Park in New Braunfels is the shortest drive from San Antonio at about 40 minutes. The spring-fed pool is open Wednesday through Monday and is a constant 72 degrees year-round. According to the New Braunfels website, the pool was built in the early 1900s and is one of the oldest and most historic bathing pools in Texas.
- Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley, about an hour’s drive from downtown San Antonio and a limited number of swimming reservations, which are required to visit, are still available online. Jacob’s Well is an artesian spring that releases thousands of gallons of water a day, according to the website. The area is also the second-largest fully submerged cave in Texas.
- 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 of up to $9 for a day pass. The springs that feed the pools, according to the website, are 68 degrees year-round.
- Schumacher Crossing is located between Ingram and Hunt along Highway 39 and is about an hour-and-a-half drive from downtown San Antonio. It’s a popular spot for swimming along part of the Guadalupe River and is typically very clean because it’s not located near any major cities.
Day passes and reservations are required at some swimming spots. Always call ahead and see if reservations are required or available if you plan on visiting a Texas swimming hole.
Hamilton Pool, considered to be one of the most stunning swimming holes in the Hill Country, is closed for swimming for the foreseeable future. An update on the Hamilton Pool website says rocks have been falling “with increased frequency at many locations in and around the pool” following the big freeze in February.