15 Best Swimming Holes In Austin (2021 Edition)

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The amazing swimming holes in Austin are what make summers bearable here! Although this is a landlocked city, there are some really fun places to explore on the hottest days of the year. One of my favorite parts about these swimming holes is that lots of them are spring-fed, so they stay ice cold all summer long. 

Here are 15 of the best swimming holes in Austin for you to explore! Whether you’re new to ATX, visiting, or a longtime resident, I hope you find some fun places to visit on your next free summer day. Looking for more summer activities? Here are 50+ things to do in Austin in the summer! 

15 Best Swimming Holes in Austin
15 Best Swimming Holes in Austin

15 BEST SWIMMING HOLES IN AUSTIN

1. Barton Springs

Barton Springs Pool

This is the most famous swimming hole in Austin…it’s a naturally spring-fed pool that remains about 68 degrees year-round, so it’s COLD! 

It’s 3 acres in size and one of the most popular summer attractions in ATX. I love packing up a towel and a book and lounging on the grassy banks, then jumping in the ice-cold water when I get hot. Even on the hottest triple-digit days of the year, the water is shockingly cold and feels sooo good. 

Barton Springs Municipal Pool

2201 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746

Entry Fee: $5 (resident)/$9 (non-resident)

2. Wimberley Blue Hole

15 Best Swimming Holes in Austin

Blue Hole is only a 45-minute drive from Austin, and this is seriously one of the most beautiful swimming holes you’ll find! Blue Hole Regional Park is full of hiking trails, picnic spots, and a beautiful swimming area. The swimming hole is a section of Cypress Creek that’s shaded by hundred-year-old Bald Cypress Trees.

This is one of my favorite family-friendly swimming holes in Austin because there’s a nice shallow area (about 18 inches deep) for toddlers, rope swings for the big kids, and a deeper area where adults can lounge in tubes and chat. There’s also a large grassy area for family picnics. The parking lots is nearby and it’s a very easy, paved walk from the car to the swimming area. 

//RESERVATIONS REQUIRED//

Blue Hole Regional Park

Blue Hole Ln, Wimberley, TX 78676

Entry: $12/adults, $6/youth, seniors, and military

3. Jacob’s Well

15 Best Swimming Holes in Austin

While you’re in Wimberley, try to get a reservation at Jacob’s Well! This is one of the most-photographed swimming holes near Austin because it’s soooo crazy cool looking! 

Jacob’s Well has a 12-foot diameter but descends 120 feet deep! You can lounge on the banks or swim in the actual well. It’s spring-fed and remains 68-degrees year round.

Lots of guests enjoy jumping off the cliff into the well; I visited when I was pregnant, so I just enjoyed lounging on the banks and venturing into the well a few times.

While it is a very cool place to check off your Texas bucket list, this isn’t the type of swimming hole that I’ll visit every single year. The ground is really slippery and there aren’t a lot of places to lounge, and the well itself is mostly kept clear for the people jumping off the cliff. Super cool spot for pictures, though!

//RESERVATIONS REQUIRED//

Jacob’s Well

1699 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, TX
78676

Entry: $9/Adult, $5/Hays County Resident

4. Deep Eddy Pool

Deep Eddy Pool

Deep Eddy is the oldest pool in Texas and a must-visit swimming hole in Austin! It’s located very close to Barton Springs, and is similarly spring-fed and cooold year-round. 

Half of the pool is dedicated to lap swimming, and the other half of the pool has a beach-entry. 

NOTICE: Deep Eddy is currently only open at limited hours for lap swimming; the beach-entry portion of the pool is closed.

Deep Eddy Pool

401 Deep Eddy Drive
Austin, 78703

Entry: currently FREE (but check the website for updates)

5. Twin Falls in Barton Creek Greenbelt

Twin Falls in Austin - best swimming holes in ATX
Best Swimming Holes in Austin

Twin Falls is a fun places to jump in the water on a hot summer day in Austin. It’s located in the Barton Creek Greenbelt in a shallow part of the creek, so in the dry months this swimming hole might dry up. But when it’s been raining (May/June) there are some places that get deep enough that you can jump of the rocks into the water. 

Twin Falls is a short hike (about .4 miles, or 10 minutes) from the Barton Creek Greenbelt trailhead at Mopac and 360. The easiest way to get there is to park at the link I included above, and then walk a short distance on the trail until you arrive at the swimming hole. 

Pro tip: it gets SO crowded on the weekends, but it’s often nearly empty on weekday mornings in the summer. 

Twin Falls

3918 S MoPac Expy, Austin, TX 78746

Entry: FREE

6. Secret Beach at Roy G Guerrero Park

Secret Beach in Austin

If it’s called “Secret Beach” on google maps, is it really a secret beach? Either way, this is a fun (and free!) swimming hole in Austin that’s dog-friendly!

Depending on the time of year you visit, it might to be pretty shallow. (This part of the Colorado River isn’t dammed like the downtown portion.) So while you probably won’t be able to jump in or fully submerge, this is a great place to bring your dogs for a short hike and then a splash in the river! 

Secret Beach at Roy G Guerrero Park

400 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741

Entry: FREE

7. Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Best Swimming Holes In Austin

Emma Long is a great swimming spot on the banks of Lake Austin. You’ll have to pay an entry fee to get into the park, but once you’re there it’s a fantastic place to spend a full day of swimming, picnicking, and lounging with the family. 

The beach area has a sandy area right up against the edge of the lake and a roped off swimming spot. There are grills, lots of grassy area to spread out blankets and towels, and bathrooms. 

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

1600 City Park Rd, Austin, TX 78730

Entry: $5/Vehicle M-Th, $9/Vehicle F-Sun (8 people max per vehicle)

8. Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs

15 Best Swimming Holes Near Austin

Hamilton Pool is about 45 minutes from Austin and 100% worth the drive! It’s a natural area that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed thousands of years ago. Now we get to enjoy the beauty of it all!

I wrote this guide to everything you need to know about visiting Hamilton pool. Check it out for more details.

After you visit the pool, be sure to stop at one of the amazing Dripping Springs breweries: Family Business, 12 Fox, and Fitzhugh Brewing are all nearby! 

2021 update: swimming is not allowed for the duration of summer 2021, but you can still visit. Hopefully the pool is open for swimming again in 2022!

//RESERVATIONS REQUIRED//

Hamilton Pool Preserve

24300 Hamilton Road
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Entry: $12 reservation fee/vehicle + $8 entry fee/adult

9. Hippie Hollow Park

Hippie Hollow

Yep, it’s true! Hippie Hollow is a clothing-optional swimming hole in Austin. You can swim in the nude and not feel bad about it…this is the only legally-recognized naked beach in the state of Texas! 

Hippie Hollow Park

7000 Comanche Trail
Austin, TX 78732

Entry: $8/adult

10. Campbell’s Hole

Best Swimming Holes in Austin: Campbell's Hole

Like Twin Falls, this is another fun (free!) swimming hole in Austin located along the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail. 

Park at the trailhead on Spyglass (1601 Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX 78746), then hike north for a bit until you run into this swimming spot.

There’s a shallow area for wading, and (only) when the rain has picked up there’s a deeper spot where you can jump off a rock into the water! Just note: like all of the swimming holes in Austin greenbelts, the water level changes based on rain/drought. So you might get a gorgeous day of swimming in clean, moving water, or you might show up and it looks like a stagnant swamp… Just be prepared! 

Psst: the trailhead to this swimming hole is right next to TacoDeli. When you’re done swimming, be sure to stop for some of the best breakfast tacos in Austin! 

Campbell’s Hole

1601 Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX 78746

Entry: free

15 Best Swimming Holes in Austin

11. McKinney Falls 

McKinney Falls State Park

{Photo via McKinney Falls State ParkThis state park is such a gem, and it’s right here in Austin! Go for a day of hiking, picnicking, swimming, and fishing! 

McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744

Entry: $6/adult

12. Blue Hole in Georgetown

Best Swimming Holes in Austin

This is a really popular, fun place to swim in Georgetown, Texas (about 30 minutes north of Austin). It has free parking, restrooms, picnic areas, and it’s a great place to spend a summer day. 

The swimming spot is in the San Gabriel River, located about 5 blocks north of the downtown square. You can lounge by the water and cool off, and then check out some of the amazing things to do in Georgetown

Blue Hole Georgetown

100 Blue Hole Park
Georgetown, TX 78626

ENTRY: FREE

13. St Edward’s Park

St Edwards Park in Austin

Bull Creek runs through North Austin by Capitol of Texas Highway, and there are several little swimming holes along this hiking trail. 

One that’s very easy to access is the swimming spot in St Edward’s park. Just park at the parking lot at 7301 Spicewood Springs Rd, and you can get to the swimming hole in about a 3 minute walk. 

ST. EDWARD’S PARK

7301 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759

ENTRY: FREE

14. Krause Springs

Krause Springs: Best Swimming Holes in Austin

This is such a dreamy place to spend the morning! Krause Springs is a gorgeous swimming hole about 30 miles northwest of Austin in Spicewood, Texas. If you’re trying to swim during a drought when lots of the greenbelt Austin swimming holes are dried up, Krause Springs will be flowing! That’s because it’s a natural spring, so the water levels and temperature remain fairly constant throughout the year. 

There are 32 springs on the property, so there’s a lot to explore! It’s a seriously STUNNING area and definitely worth the day trip to Spicewood, Texas. {Photo via Krause Springs}

Krause Springs

424 Co Rd 404, Spicewood, TX 78669

Entry: $9/adult, $5/child

15. Commons Ford Ranch

Commons Ford in Austin
Commons Ford in Austin

If the greenbelt is too crowded, try heading to Commons Ford for a hike and a dip in the river! The main highlight of this park is hiking, but you can walk right up to the river and swim, too. There’s a big grassy bank with direct access to the water. 

Since this swimming hole is pretty far west, it’s out of the way of lots of the Austin tourists who will be at Barton Springs or the Greenbelt. If you’re trying to avoid the crowds, check out Commons Ford! 

Commons Ford Ranch

614 N Commons Ford Rd, Austin, TX 78733

Entry: FREE

Looking for more things to do in Austin? Check out the Top 20 Restaurants in Austin, and 50+ Things To Do In Austin During The Summer! 

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