Stunning swimming holes near San Antonio

Cool off at natural water escapes near San Antonio

By Mary Claire Patton - Digital Content Curator

Jacobs Well (Photo Courtesy:

SAN ANTONIO - The Hill Country is full of hidden places to swim and places to cool off.

There are 10 unexpected watering holes within driving distance of San Antonio that would be great for a day trip.

The first two, Jacob’s Well and Blue Hole, are in Wimberley, Texas, about an hour outside downtown San Antonio.

Jacob’s Well Natural Area 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, call ahead to book times and ask about park rules.

Blue Hole. Photo courtesy Flickr user Robert Thigpen under CC copyright.

Blue Hole is as Community Park covering 126 acres. Swimming hole hours vary depending on the season so be sure to check online.

Krause Springs in Spicewood, Texas, 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.

Krause Springs. Photo courtesy Flickr user J.H. Fearless under CC copyright.

Schumacher Crossing in Hunt, Texas is also about an hour and a half drive from downtown San Antonio. It’s a popular spot for swimming and gets crowded on the weekends.

Schumacher Crossing is part of the Guadalupe River and is typically very clean because it’s not located near any major cities.

Landa Park in New Braunfels is the shortest to downtown San Antonio at 40 minutes. There’s swimming, fishing, wading pools, hiking, playscapes, BBQ pits and more.

Landa Park. Photo courtesy Flickr user Michael Salazar under copyright CC.

Blanco State Park is a quick trip out of San Antonio, just an hour north of the city. Fishing and swimming are permitted but there are daily entrance fees for adults. You can rent tubes or bring them with you.

Guadalupe River State Park is less than an hour from San Antonio. The park has swimming holes, but is also great for camping, fishing, hiking and more.

The last three water escapes, McKinney Falls State Park, Barton Springs and Hamilton Pool are a little over an hour from San Antonio, in Austin.

McKinney Falls State Park. Photo courtesy Flickr user Michael Joseph under copyright CC.

McKinney Falls State Park is filled with waterfalls, great swimming spots and places for camping.

Barton Springs is a three-acre spring-fed pool. Admission fees differ depending on what day you visit. Fun fact about the pool, Robert Redford learned to swim there when he was 5 years old according to

Hamilton Pool. Photo courtesy Flickr user Srini Sundarrajan under CC copyright.

Lastly, Hamilton Pool reserve is a favorite swimming hole for locals. Check the website for swimming times, the pool sometimes closes due to high bacteria levels. Overcrowding is not allowed at Hamilton pool so get there early to make sure you can get in.

Respect Texas and its natural beauty by keeping your footprint to a minimum. Don’t leave trash or destroy the landscape while visiting any of these Hill Country hideaways.


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